Learning and Using the Research Analysis Platform
Learn about the particularities of the Research Analysis Platform, and where to find detailed guidance on using its features.

Learning to Use the Research Analysis Platform

‌The UK Biobank Research Analysis Platform is built on the DNAnexus Platform, and using the two is largely the same experience. See the DNAnexus Platform documentation for detailed information on Platform features and how to use them. Of particular note:

Initial Usage Credit

The first time you access the Research Analysis Platform, the system will create for you a "wallet" (i.e. a "personal billing account"), funded in the amount of £40, courtesy of DNAnexus. Note that this wallet is separate and unrelated to the "Trial Subscription" mentioned in section 2.8 of the DNAnexus Terms of Service.

Specifics of Using the Research Analysis Platform

This section describes functionality and limitations specific to the Research Analysis Platform.
Note that as a rule, Research Analysis Platform access and sharing restrictions are related to UK Biobank access applications. All Research Analysis Platform projects are linked to a UK Biobank-approved access application. To access a project, a user must be named as a Principal Investigator or collaborator, on the linked access application.
For more detail on UK Biobank access applications, see Creating a Project.

Creating Projects

On the Research Analysis Platform, projects can only be created via the UI. A project cannot be created via the CLI.

Sharing Projects

You can collaborate on the DNAnexus Platform by giving project access to other users. For details, refer to the Platform documentation sections covering Project Sharing and Project Access.
On the Research Analysis Platform, you can only share a project with another user, if he or she is named on the linked UK Biobank access application, and has Research Analysis Platform access.

Copying Files Between Projects

On the DNAnexus Platform, you can easily copy files from one project to another.
On the Research Analysis Platform, you can only copy files from one project to another, if both projects are linked to the same UK Biobank access application.

Enabling Group Billing

To enable shared billing for a group of users, you can do either of the following:
  • Set up billing for your personal billing account - i.e. your "wallet" - and add users to this account.
  • Create and set up billing for a new organization, then add users to it.

Group Billing via Your Personal Billing Account

To set up billing for, and add members to your personal billing account:
  • From the global menu, select Org Admin.
  • From the dropdown menu, select All Orgs.
  • On the Organizations list page, select your personal billing account.
  • Open the Billing tab, then click Set Up Billing.
  • Follow the steps in the Set Up Billing wizard.
  • Open the Members tab for the new organization.
  • Click the Invite New Member button. Complete the form in the dialog, to add a new member to your organization. More about project access levels can be found here. Repeat this for each new person you'd like to add.

Group Billing via a New Organization

On the Research Analysis Platform, users can create an organization for the specific purpose of enabling shared billing for a group of users. To do this:
  • From the global menu, select Org Admin.
  • From the dropdown menu, select All Orgs.
  • On the Organizations list page, click the New Organization button.
  • A New Organization form will open in a dialog. In the form, enter a unique name and ID for your new organization.
  • In the Access section of the form, select your preferred options in the Project Transfer Access and Member List Access fields. For more information on the available options, see the DNAnexus Platform documentation on Org Policies.
  • Click Create Organization.
  • You'll be prompted to set up billing for your new organization. Click Start Setup in the Set Up Billing modal window.
  • Follow the steps in the Set Up Billing wizard.
  • Open the Members tab for the new organization.
  • Click the Invite New Member button. Complete the form in the dialog to add a new member to your organization. More about project access can be found here
    Repeat this for each new person you'd like to add.

Platform Endpoints

When accessing the Research Analysis Platform, note the following default settings:

Transferring Project Ownership

On the DNAnexus Platform, you can easily transfer project ownership to another user.
On the Research Analysis Platform, project ownership can only be transferred to a user who is listed on the UK Biobank access application linked to the project.

Participant Withdrawals

Participants are free to withdraw from UK Biobank at any time and request that their data no longer be used. When participants withdraw, their data is removed from the UK Biobank, and from all datasets on the Research Analysis Platform. These participants' data will no longer be accessible to you, or be able to be used in future analyses.
If a participant’s withdrawal affects your dispensed data, you will receive an email from UK Biobank containing the anonymized IDs of these participants and any others who have withdrawn previously. It is possible that this list will contain IDs which you have never received as they may have withdrawn before your datasets were generated.
For any data, files, objects generate on the platform through usage, you are responsible for removing the records corresponding to all withdrawn participants from further analyses. Any files you download or manipulate (ex. results file from a GWAS, a CSV file created using Table Exporter) will not be changed by the withdrawal of participant data.

AWS Region

The Research Analysis Platform is hosted in the AWS "aws:eu-west-2" or "Europe (London)" region.
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