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Galaxy Admin Training

The first ever Galaxy Project Admin Training workshop will be held November 7-11 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Basic and Advanced Topics sessions will be offered and participants can register for one or both. Sessions will be intensive and hands-on, and taught by experienced instructors from the Galaxy Project Team. Participants will learn how to install, configure, customize, and extend their own Galaxy servers. Topics include tool configuration, authentication and user management, using heterogeneous storage and compute services, and many other topics that will enable you to get your own Galaxy server up and running, performing well, and used by your community.

Galaxy is an open web based platform for biomedical data integration and analysis. It is deployed at large and small organizations around the world and used in a broad range of biomedical research domains, and across the tree of life.

Training will take place the week before Supercomputing'16 (SC16) meets in Salt Lake.

Basic Topics

University Guest House

Fort Douglas Station on the TRAX Red Line

Salt Lake City Main Public Library, the venue for the introduction workshop

Commanders House on University of Utah Campus, venue for Advanced session

November 7-8, Salt Lake City Library

This two day introductory session will cover how to:

  • Deployment platform options
  • Installing a basic Galaxy server
  • Database choices and configuration (SQLite & PostgreSQL)
  • Web server choices and configuration (NGINX & Apache)
  • Identifying and installing well-defined tools from the Galaxy Tool Shed
  • Importing and defining reference genomes
  • Defining users, groups, and quotas
  • Basics of Tool Definition
  • Enabling extensions: FTP & SMTP
  • Introduction to Galaxy Architecture

See the Basics Session page for details and prerequisites.

Advanced Topics

November 9-11, University of Utah

The three day advanced session will build on topics covered in the basics section. Topics covered include

  • Advanced tool definition:
    • collections
    • error handling
    • tests
    • data types
    • data sources
    • visualizations
    • data managers
  • Interactive environments: development and deployment
  • Automating your deployment with Ansible
  • Using and configuring external authentication services
  • Connecting Galaxy to a compute cluster
  • Using heterogeneous compute resources
  • Using public and private cloud compute resources
  • Storage management and using heterogeneous storage services
  • Customizing and extending your Galaxy code
  • Monitoring, maintenance and upgrades

We are working with the Utah High Performance Computing Center at the University of Utah for cluster access during the advanced session.

See the Advanced Session page for details and prerequisites.


Instructors are from the Galaxy Project Team and the Galaxy Community:


Participants can register for one or both workshops. Registration is available on first come, first served basis. Rates depend on your organization's non-profit status and when you register.

See the Registration page for dates, rates, and other details.


For information on event lodging, arriving in Salt Lake, and getting around, see the Event Logistics page. Lodging, the airport, and all training events are on the University of Utah campus or in downtown Salt Lake City, and all are easily accessible using TRAX, Salt Lake's light rail network

Can't make it to Salt Lake or on another continent?

Galaxy Australasia Meeting 2017

European Galaxy Developer workshop 2017

This is one of three comprehensive Galaxy admin and developer training events between November and February. They are:


University of Utah Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC)   University of Utah
University of Utah Department of Biomedical InformaticsUniversity of Utah Clinical & Translational Science Biomedical Informatics Core (CCTS BMIC)
USTAR Center for Genetic Discovery (UCGD)

We would like to thank the University of Utah Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC) for compute infrastructure support, and the USTAR Center for Genetic Discovery (UCGD), Department of Biomedical Informatics and the Clinical & Translational Science Biomedical Informatics Core (CCTS BMIC) at the University of Utah for hosting this event.

Questions? Contact [Galaxy Outreach](mailto:outreach@galaxyproject.org)