We are excited to announce that we’re rolling out a new and improved user interface that addresses much of the feedback you’ve shared with us over the past three years. Using the new interface will not require you to change anything and should make doing research easier than before.

FireCloud launched three years ago as part of an NCI pilot project to host TCGA and TARGET data on the cloud and provide a cloud-based analysis environment to power cancer genomics workflows. At the time, we called both the project and the platform by the same name: “FireCloud”.

Since then, we have extended the platform to support other projects, such as NHGRI’s AnVIL, NHLBI’s Data STAGE, and All of Us. Extending our platform made it easier for you to analyze data across these projects. We believe it’s also important to create dedicated space for each of these projects on their own. Each project has a unique consortium of researchers around it, and we want to support each community with relevant content and tools alongside each project’s featured data. The new user interface will have a landing page for each of these projects, allowing you to browse specific content such as CCDG, CMG, and eMERGE data (sponsored by NHGRI) or TOPMed and GTex data (sponsored by NHLBI).

For that reason, it’s best to now think of “FireCloud” as synonymous with the NCI-sponsored project page that features TCGA and TARGET data. Going forward, we will use the name “Terra” to refer to the overall platform that powers all of the projects described above.

We will send emails to all of you soon inviting you to access the new Terra platform. When you log in to Terra with your existing FireCloud credentials, everything that you’re used to seeing — workspaces, data, tools, and notebooks — will be all there waiting for you. We look forward to hearing your feedback as we endeavor to make Terra the best cloud platform for biomedical research.

Keith Corbin Head of Product, Analysis Platform Broad Institute

Return to top

Wed 6 Feb 2019
Comment on this article

- Recent posts

- Follow us on Twitter



FireCloud is 3 yrs in the making! Read what's next: https://t.co/V7fGVgUMu6
7 Feb 19
RT @micknudsen: On my way home after a fabulous @gatk_dev workshop in Copenhagen. Looking forward to get started implementing #GATK4 in our…
1 Feb 19
Let us know what data format conversions you often need to make and we’ll add them to the preloaded utilities. https://t.co/jJNnpYrR6h
23 Jan 19
The analysis described in this paper is available in reproducible form in FireCloud; see https://t.co/uSChRZIoZg fo… https://t.co/j1zeh2TGRg
30 Nov 18
@xDBio_Inc @geoffjentry @WDL_dev @gatk_dev It’s pretty new, glad you like it! Think we should add the name itself a… https://t.co/65jwJEbyQu
23 Oct 18

- Our favorite tweets from others

converting bam files in the @BroadFireCloud #bioinfomatics @GCPcloud https://t.co/bpfReRnDxM
18 Jan 19
Florence Nightingale made this plot... by hand... a mere ~50 years after the word statistics was first used, ever..… https://t.co/gIEG22dbYS
22 Dec 18
Live streaming tomorrow (12/20, 8am ET): Robert Majovski talks “Reproducible analysis with FireCloud” in an… https://t.co/ezj33P1hjZ
20 Dec 18
The question is, how will @Microsoft and @Docker team up to solve collaborative challenges in the area of Bioinform… https://t.co/IKzElembVl
4 Dec 18
@geoffjentry Who doesn't love a Warp Pig? @WDL_dev and @gatk_dev are on the ball getting stickers out. Was happy to… https://t.co/91OODRpFOC
22 Oct 18

See more of our favorite tweets...