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GCC 2012 is Scheduled!

GCC 2012

We are pleased to announce that the 2012 Galaxy Community Conference (GCC2012) has been scheduled for July 25-27 in Chicago, Illinois, United States.

GCC2012 will be held at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) campus in downtown Chicago. See the GCC2012 conference web page for more, including opportunities to sponsor this year's conference.

Some things will be the same as in previous years, but we are also using feedback from last year to guide the 2012 meeting. We will again be seeking talks (full and lightning) from the community. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Please reserve July 25-27 on your calendars!

Dave Clements and Neil Bahroos

Upcoming Workshops and Presentations

What's New

Tool Shed: Enabling Workflow Sharing

Galaxy tool sheds play a beneficial role in enabling sharing of exported Galaxy workflows between different Galaxy instances.

Using Tool Sheds

There are two Tool Sheds supported by the core Galaxy team:

  • Galaxy Test Tool Shed Available as a sandbox environment allowing you to familiarize yourself with tool shed features
    Feel free to mess around here as much as you want.
  • Galaxy Main Tool Shed Hosts production-ready Galaxy tools and tool components Should not be used for testing or becoming familiar with tool shed features

Python Support

  • This is the ** last release in which Python 2.4 will be supported**
  • After this release, Python 2.4 may continue to work, but attempts will not be made to maintain compatibility
  • Python 2.5, 2.6, and 2.7 are all supported
  • To upgrade, please see

Updated & Improved


note: If using this distribution or later changesets from galaxy-central, tool upgrades may be required, as specified below.

  • FastQC:

  • Picard:

    • Wrapper updated to handle changes to command line parameters for CollectInsertSizeMetrics.jar in version 1.56

      • If you see an error message about an unrecognized parameter "DEVIATIONS" (related to Insertion size metrics), then an older version is being used. Upgrading Picard to version 1.56 is required
    • Update Picard tools to use tool-data/shared/jars/picard/* instead of tool-data/shared/jars/*
    • Galaxy Main is running version 1.56
  • TopHat:

  • Cufflinks:

    • Improved documentation for gene annotation dataset parameters
    • Galaxy Main is running version 1.0.3
  • Upgraded tool Convert Formats -> SFF converter to use sff_extract version 0.2.10
  • SAMTools:

    • Handle SAMTools stderr messages causing an error state when using FreeBayes

Galaxy Track Browser (Trackster)

  • New features include:

    • Show feature details on hover
    • Replace menus with icons + tooltips
    • Set new track color randomly
    • Color reads based on mapped strand
    • Improved support for VCF datasets
  • Tuning:

    • Adding dataset to a new visualization
    • Index computation for GFF/GTF datasets
    • Displaying reference data setting shared visualization's viewport


  • Tasked job framework has been overhauled, splitting and merging framework in place
  • New configuration option: 'Workflow unique defaults'

User Interface (UI)

  • When copying a history's datasets, the UI now provide links to the target history(ies)
  • It is now possible to permanently delete all deleted datasets in a history in one step History -> Options -> Purge Deleted Datasets
  • It's also possible to permanently delete a history in one step History -> Options -> Delete Permanently
  • Permanently deleted histories are now visible in the list of saved histories, even though they cannot be undeleted

External Display Applications

  • Add VCF viewer for the Integrative Genomics Viewer (IGV)
  • VCF and BAM viewers now dynamically load links
  • dbkeys (reference genome identifiers) are mapped to IGV build names from an external configuration file


  • Add locale files for Chinese, provided by hanfeisun (thanks!)
  • Fix grid operations for use in UserListGrid to allow for Delete, Undelete, Purge of users if the allow_user_deletion config setting is true.
  • Add a link to allow the user to switch to the new history directly after cloning
  • HTML escape job stderr/stdout/info on dataset error page. No more missing details when between <>
  • Add get info/parameter button to empty datasets in history item view
  • Add dataset_metadata_in_data_table validator. Mimics behavior of dataset_metadata_in_file, but uses data tables
  • Allow specifying a help attribute for repeat parameter grouping
  • Allow toolbox tests to test 0 instances of a repeat
  • Show dataset size of non-purged error state history items
  • Fix for refresh on change in workflow run interface triggering actual running of workflow
  • Add 'type_extension' attribute to datatypes_conf.xml that allows creating a datatype from an earlier declared datatype by referencing extension
  • Performance: the time to load large histories and lists of large histories has been greatly improved due to switching to a more efficient method for calculating a history's disk usage
  • Security: changing your password now invalidates all other Galaxy sessions (other than the one in which the password was changed

Bug Fixes

  • Grid fixes: (a) make operation buttons work after refresh and (b) show message each time
  • Force absolute path when creating temporary directory used when importing histories. Fixes
  • Fix importing library datasets into multiple histories: library datasets will now only be imported into those checked.
  • Fix workflow display bug introduced in 0ba260ea43c4
  • Fix workflow input dataset step bug introduced in 5cfec3f4f17c
  • Fix for a potential flushing bug when saving a workflow corrected in 6ec2d7f4a64d
  • The "How to Cite Galaxy" link could not be changed despite having a configuration option to do so
  • Tool error reports (generated with the "green bug") are also emailed to to the reporter
  • John Duddy fixed numerous bugs in the History and Library APIs (thanks John!)
  • No longer try to overwrite the input datasets when "uploading" a library dataset from a server directory or filesystem paths and using the "Link to files" option with outputs_to_working_directory = True

About Galaxy

The GalaxyTeam is a part of BX at Penn State, and the Biology and Mathematics and Computer Science departments at Emory University.

Galaxy is supported in part by NSF, NHGRI, the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, and The Institute for CyberScience at Penn State, and Emory University.

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