Galaxy Working Groups

Distributing project guidance to the community

Keywords: Tactical emphasis, short and medium term planning, area/domain/component focused, applied

Galaxy has grown a lot over the years, going from a project at one university in 2005 to the global community it is today. Several parts of the Galaxy ecosystem have become avowedly and obviously community driven during that time, including tools, code, training, and several other international efforts. Galaxy Working Groups push this global model to other areas of Galaxy as well. Working groups are an integral part of the Galaxy Governance Model and are represented by the Galaxy Technical Board.

Current set of Working Groups

The current set of working groups includes these areas:


Focus on Galaxy administration, maintenance, and installation.


Focus on the Galaxy server code and architecture.

User Interface / User Experience

The UI / UX group focuses on the Galaxy user interface and experience. We work on the parts of Galaxy that end users see.

Testing & Hardening

Testing and hardening the Galaxy ecosystem, developing and maintaining test infrastructure.


This group builds the standards and ecosystem for execution, testing, publishing and improving workflows, workflow features and workflow performance.


Coordinate and guide Galaxy's Outreach & Training efforts, as well as user, admin, and developer support and documentation. Galaxy Outreach And Training (And) Support = GOATS!

All Working Groups

Communications across working groups.

Please consider joining if you are involved in any working group.

NOTE: This is not an exhaustive or final list of working groups. New groups will be added as needs are identified.


Galaxy WGs Google Calendar, listing meetings of all Galaxy working groups and projects. You can subscribe to this calendar via this iCalendar link.

Committers Groups

Keywords: Tactical emphasis, short and medium term planning, repo focused, applied

Cutting across all Working Groups, Committers Groups are responsible for what goes into the project repositories (and in Galaxy everything goes into repositories, including training materials and web sites). Each GitHub repository has its own committers group, and each group is responsible for setting its own policies and membership. Committers have been around since the start of the project in 2005, and have been community-driven since 2015.