Tetra Box Connector

Box is a service that offers secure file sharing. Tetra Data Platform has a built-in integration that allows users to pull raw data files from their secure Box storage and into the Tetra Data Lake.

How Does the Box Connector Work

TetraScience leverages Box's API to constantly detect file change events in your Box account and upload the files into our Data Lake and then trigger Data Pipelines.

Our Box Connector currently tracks file creation events, including different versions of the same file. If you remove your file from Box, TetraScience Data Lake will not mirror that and will not delete the files we collected.

Box integration will track (listen) for new file creations and file version changes in the Box account and sync upon a detected change.

The integration will detect for changes in Box every 60 seconds.

When you first create a Box integration, it will pull all existing files that match the provided file pattern and put the files in our Data Lake.

How to Configure the Connector

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Before configuring a Tetra Box Connector, you must contact you customer success manager (CSM) to activate the integration. Customers can’t activate Box Connectors directly.

The following subsections show you how to set up your box account, then how to configure the connector.

Set up your Box account

First, create a dedicated API user for this integration. For production usage, the best practice is to create an API user (standard user) dedicated to this integration. We recommend you name it: [email protected]_.

After the user is created, share the Box folder that you would like the integration to track with the API user with read-only permissions.

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Organize your Box folders

It is always a good idea to leverage the folder structure to organize your data, the best practice is to include your study number, project name/id, instrument name/id and etc in the folder path. For example:

Shared/instruments-data/plate-reader-1
Shared/instruments-data/plate-reader-2

If you are organizing data from your CRO, you can consider something like the following:

Shared/study-1/CRO-A/assay-x
Shared/study-1/CRO-A/assay-y
Shared/study-1/CRO-A/assay-z

Create and Configure a Box Connector

  1. Select Data Sources, then Box from the TetraScience hamburger menu.
  2. Click Add Your Box Account.
  3. In Login to your Box account, click Authorize.
  4. Follow the prompts to log into the Box Account. When complete, the Box Account will appear at the top of the Box Source Management screen.

Adding a Box Folder

After you've added the Box account, you'll need to add a folder. To do this, complete the following steps.

  1. In the Box Source Management page, click the Add Source button.
  2. In the Add a new source screen, choose the folder to track, then click Next.
  3. Type a name and description, then click Next.
  4. Add attributes if there are any. When complete, click Finish.

View Details about the Box Resource/Folder

To view details about the Box folder, complete the following steps.

  1. To the right of the folder, you'll see a hamburger menu (three lines). Right-click the menu.
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  1. Select View Details from the menu that appears.
  2. Details about the resource, folder, and custom attributes appear in the View Details window.

Edit the Source

To edit the Box source, complete the following steps.

  1. To the right of the folder, you'll see a hamburger menu (three lines). Right-click the menu.
  2. Select Edit Source from the menu that appears.
  3. The Edit Information page appears. You can edit the name and description, selected folder, or existing attributes. You can also delete existing attributes or add new attributes.

Disable the Source

To disable the Box source, complete the following steps.

  1. To the right of the folder, you'll see a hamburger menu (three lines). Right-click the menu.
  2. Select Disable from the menu that appears.
  3. Click ok to confirm disabling the source.
  4. The label "Disabled" appears to the right of the source.

Edit Box Account login/authorization

To edit the Box account login/authorization information, complete the following steps.

  1. To the right of the folder, you'll see a hamburger menu (three lines). Right-click the menu.
  2. Select Edit Source from the menu that appears.
  3. The Login page appears.

Disable the Box Account

To disable the Box account complete the following steps.

  1. To the right of the folder, you'll see a hamburger menu (three lines). Right-click the menu.
  2. Select Disable from the menu that appears.
  3. Click ok to confirm disabling the account
  4. The label "Disabled" appears to the right of the account.