Galaxy Working Groups and Projects

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.

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.

  • Gitter Chat

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

Current set of Projects

The current set of projects includes these areas:

Cancer Informatics

This project emphasizes applying Galaxy in cancer research.

Human Genetics

This project emphasizes applying Galaxy in human research.


This project emphasizes analysis of SARS-CoV-2.


Collaboration Between VGP and Galaxy Project for free and easy access to large genome assembly workflows.

NOTE: This is not an exhaustive or final list of working groups or projects. 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.


In reverse chronological order:

2021-09-01: Reorganization of working groups and projects

This call merged Admin and Deployment into Systems, and Outreach & Training and Support into GOATS. It also differentiated between working groups and projects.

2021-01-07: Launch follow up

This call was a follow up to see how our first month went, and how goal setting and tracking from 2021-Q1 was going. The recording of that call is available.

2020-12-10: Launch

Galaxy Working Groups were launched on the December 10, 2020 Galaxy Developer Roundtable call. The recording of that call is available.