Galaxy Project Stats
This page contains statistics about the Galaxy Project. This page is updated every January and July, or whenever the project has a grant due, or whenever an advisory board meeting is set to occur.
The Galaxy Help Forum, help.galaxyproject.org, replaced the Galaxy BioStar site on November 29, 2018. It's a brand new site. None of the posts or user data from BioStar were copied over.
Since the help forum is so new, we don't have any meaningful statistics yet.
Membership in and traffic on Galaxy's Mailing Lists has seen steady increase over time. Several milestones have contributed to this and affected membership and posting.
- 2011/12: Galaxy-Announce list launched.
- 2012/02: Default mailing list for newly registered users on usegalaxy.org was switched from Galaxy-User to Galaxy-Announce in mid 2012/02. At the same time a link to the other lists was also added to the registration form.
- 2012/08: Galaxy-France list launched.
- 2013/06: Galaxy-Proteomics list launched.
- 2014/04: Most of Galaxy-User traffic moved to the Galaxy BioStar online forum.
- 2014/06: Galaxy-User mailing list disabled. All new user support traffic now goes to Galaxy BioStar
- 2018/11: Galaxy Help Forum launched, superseding Galaxy BioStar site
This graph will be replaced in the next update with one that integrates Gitter and Galaxy Help membership as well.
The project uses the Galaxy-Announce mailing list and Twitter to keep the community up to date on what's happening in the larger Galaxy community. Galaxy-Announce was launched in December 2011 and became the default mailing list for newly registered users on usegalaxy.org in February 2012. The Galaxy project started using Twitter on a regular basis in February 2011.
Here's membership in both channels since they were launched.
Several domain-specific and regional/language-based Galaxy Communities also exist. Here are their numbers as of January 2019.
|Geography/Language-based Community / Channel||Membership / Followers|
|Galaxy France Mailing List||233|
|Galaxy Arabic Twitter||52|
|Galaxy Africa Mailing List||46|
|Galaxy UK Mailing list||33|
|Topic-Based Community / Channel||Membership / Followers|
|Galaxy Training Mailing List||114|
|Galaxy Training Gitter||116|
|Galaxy IUC Gitter||106|
|Galaxy Proteomics Mailing List||81|
The Galaxy Publications Library lists every publication we know of that is about, references, or mentions Galaxy. We started tracking publications partway through 2011, so this may be an undercount for that year and previous years.
In October 2017 the 5,000th pub was added to that library.
Here are the tags on papers in the Galaxy Publications Library as of January 2019:
Galaxy is available in a number of ways. While most installations of Galaxy are private, many groups support Galaxy instances in many different forms, including publicly accessible servers, Galaxy instance that can be easily launched on research and commercial clouds, containers, and virtual machines. Prior to 2019 we counted only publicly accessible servers. Moving forward we are tracking many ways to use galaxy.
In late 2017 the project started tracking which specific platforms (besides usegalaxy.org) that were used or referenced in publications. Here are the platforms that have been mentioned in more than 10 publications since we started tracking this.
|Year||Hutten-hower||Repeat-Explorer||Workflow-4Metabo-lomics||Galaxy-P||ARGs-OAP||Cistrome||Ribo-Galaxy||Globus Genomics||Genomic Hyper-browser||Pheno-MeNal||AR-Galaxy||Orione||Use-Galaxy.eu||GVL-QLD|
Two measures of how vibrant a project is the number of code commits, and the number of people committing code to the project. Open HUB provides nice summaries of commits and committers that span all of the Galaxy Project repos on GitHub. Open HUB also has lines of code over time, broken down by programming language and an interesting Factoids page.
From the Open HUB commits summary page:
|Date||Past 30 days||past 12 months||Ever|
From the Open HUB committers summary page:
|Date||Past 30 days||past 12 months||Ever|
The Galaxy repo on GitHub is what people download to create a Galaxy server. GitHub exposes the number of clones and cloners in the most recent 14 day period.
The Galaxy Project Tool Shed contains contributed software and workflows that can be installed at any Galaxy site.
As the Galaxy events calendar and archive show, the Galaxy community is globally active, with around 100 events per year for the past several years. Galaxy Community Conferences are the flagship event of the Galaxy community. GCC has met annually since 2010 and has had over 200 participants since the 2012 meeting.
The Galaxy BioStar forum was launched on April 23, 2014 and retired on November 29, 2018. (The site still exists and can be searched.)
The January 2019 update to this page will be the last one to include BioStar stats.
Every thread that existed in the Galaxy-User mailing list was copied to Galaxy BioStar at that time, and people were strongly advised to post future questions to Galaxy BioStar. On June 6, 2014, all posting to Galaxy-User was suspended. The statistics here don't reflect just what's happened since the switch, but also what happened (sort of) on Galaxy-User before the switch. As more time passes, results, and especially the recent numbers will more accurately reflect what's happening on Galaxy BioStar.
All date ranges here are from BioStar. For example, the "last 12 months" means anything that BioStar identifies as having happened between now and "12 months ago", inclusive.
Active here means "visited", as defined by BioStar.
All of the underlying numbers are available as TSV files. Contact Galaxy Outreach if you would like copies.