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.

Community Support Channels

Galaxy BioStar

The Galaxy Biostar forum was launched on April 23, 2014. 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 Users

Active here means "visited", as defined by Biostar.

Active Threads

All Time Totals

Mailing Lists

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

Membership

Galaxy Servers

Usegalaxy.org Usage

Usegalaxy.org (a.k.a. Main) is the Galaxy project's publicly available Galaxy server.

Known Publicly Accessible Servers

Most local installations of Galaxy are private. However, some are not and we do keep a list of known Public Galaxy Servers. These servers allow public access, although sometimes with restrictions. This is not an absolute count, but it is a rough measure of the trend.

Publications / Citations

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 5,000 pub was added to that library. Here are the tags on papers in the Galaxy Publications Library as of that milestone:

Year # Pubs Meth-ods Work-bench Use-Public Use-Main Tools Ref-Public Use-Local Is-Galaxy Cloud Repro-duci-bility Oth-er Shar-ed Un-known How-To Pro-ject Visu-aliza-tion Use-Cloud
2005 2 1 1
2006 4 3 1
2007 12 2 7 1 2 2
2008 32 15 12 1 2 2 1 1
2009 52 26 18 3 2 1 1 4 1
2010 107 50 36 1 5 1 1 7 3 5
2011 205 93 70 1 8 16 3 6 8 3 4 6 1
2012 396 196 128 1 3 29 3 15 13 7 9 12 10 12 10 2
2013 499 262 150 16 91 37 10 28 27 22 8 9 22 13 7 6 3 2
2014 733 329 224 59 97 67 28 42 47 40 25 40 23 7 11 7 8 1
2015 920 468 232 137 116 67 51 57 48 48 23 34 23 14 8 11 7 2
2016 1104 567 243 206 113 70 109 72 46 35 43 49 20 14 19 7 9 3
2017 929 541 156 207 107 57 75 71 53 19 53 22 16 18 5 5 4 1
2018 5 4 3 1 1
Total 5000 2553 1280 629 529 339 274 274 261 181 165 165 126 92 73 61 35 9

(The graphs below are a little behind the table above.)

Code

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.

Commits

From the Open HUB commits summary page:

Date Past 30 days past 12 months Ever
2016-02-02 184 7,854 28,216
2016-08-16 149 7,189 32,193
2017-01-19 144 6,675 34,451
2017-07-12 587 9,549 43,001

Committers

From the Open HUB committers summary page:

Date Past 30 days past 12 months Ever
2016-02-02 24 120 218
2016-08-16 18 123 282
2017-07-12 36 162 357

Galaxy Clones

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.

Date Clones Unique Cloners
2015-11-26 2,090 358
2015-12-14 2,885 322
2016-02-02 2,978 414
2016-08-16 3,408 339
2017-01-19 2,742 318
2017-07-12 2.665 481

Tools

Galaxy Project Tool Shed

The Galaxy Project Tool Shed contains contributed software and workflows that can be installed at any Galaxy site.

Twitter

The Galaxy project started to use Twitter on a regular basis in February 2011. Since then, the number of followers has climbed steadily.

Want the underlying numbers?

All of the underlying numbers are available as TSV files. Contact Galaxy Outreach if you would like copies.