Galaxy Community Board (GCB)

Keywords: Special Interest Groups, Community of Practices

The Galaxy Community Board provides a supportive virtual forum for the exchange of ideas, and a governance body to represent Special Interest Groups (SIGs) in Galaxy.

The goals of the GCB are to:

  • share resources, tips & best practices to make running SIGs easier;
  • discuss scientist (user) feedback to help guide Galaxy platform development;
  • communicate scientist (user) needs to the Galaxy Governance structure; and
  • develop proposals to advance scientist (user) goals in the Galaxy community.

Where is the GCB in the Galaxy Governance Structure?

Galaxy Governance consists of a Galaxy Executive Board that provides global direction, working with a Galaxy Technical Board that represents Working Groups and a Galaxy Community Board that represents Special Interest Groups.

Galaxy Executive Board is in a rectangle over top of two rectangles, the Galaxy Technical Board and Galaxy Community Board, which are themselves over top of Working Groups and Special Interest Groups, respectively. A Project Management Office rectangle spans the image across the bottom

Who is in the GCB?

Each Galaxy Special Interest Group (SIG) may elect one member to represent their interests on the GCB. In practice, this is often (but not always) the person chairing the SIG. This is analogous to the Technical Board, consisting of representatives of the Working Groups (WG).

You can learn more about SIGs in our dedicated tutorials below, or explore our SIG directory.


Representation of community aspects of the Galaxy ecosystem is central to long-term project sustainability. The goal is to empower community members to participate in planning and governance, through efficient and transparent structures and processes, that can scale effectively as the Galaxy project continues to expand.


The GCB organises and manages its own agenda and work, including arranging meetings and asynchronous discussions. The agenda might include planning new initiatives; supporting ongoing development; identifying and advocating for user needs; managing coherent, community-owned proposals and responses in the roadmap processes and other important project decision-making.

Efficient communication between the GCB (Community Board) and both the GEB (Executive Board) and the GTB (Technical Board) requires at least one representative from GEB and from GTB to be also members of the GCB. Therefore, it is recommended that at least one member of each of the other two Boards are also members of the GCB.

SIG members, and especially the representatives, are encouraged to join WG meetings or talk to WG representatives to raise issues or request help. For example, SIG members could request assistance from the tools and workflows WG. WGs might contact SIGs to collect feedback from the community.


During GCC 2023, we discussed how to empower the Galaxy community in terms of project planning, decision-making, execution, and overall governance. The Galaxy Community Board (GCB) was formed to take over from the Global Galaxy Steering Committee.


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