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

A Galaxy CiteULike group was started in late 2011. It lists all the publications that are about, reference, or mention Galaxy that we know about. We started keeping track of this statistic partway through 2011, so it is an undercount for that year and previous years. For years after 2011, it is likely to be more accurate, but it is still approximate and likely to be an undercount.

As of mid 2017 these are the tags on papers in the Galaxy CiteULike Group:

Year Meth- ods Work- bench Use Public Use Main Tools Use Local Ref Public Is Galaxy Cloud Other Re- pro Shared Un- known How To Pro- ject Viz Use Cloud Total
2005 1 1 2
2006 3 1 4
2007 2 7 1 2 2 12
2008 15 12 1 2 2 1 1 32
2009 26 18 3 2 1 1 5 1 53
2010 50 36 1 5 1 1 7 3 5 107
2011 93 69 1 8 16 3 6 8 3 4 6 1 204
2012 196 128 1 3 29 2 15 13 9 7 12 10 12 10 2 396
2013 262 150 16 91 36 28 10 26 23 9 8 22 13 7 6 3 2 499
2014 329 223 59 97 67 42 28 47 40 40 25 23 8 11 7 8 1 733
2015 468 232 137 116 67 57 51 47 49 34 23 23 14 8 11 7 2 920
2016 568 243 206 113 71 73 110 46 34 49 42 20 15 18 8 9 3 1,105
2017 355 102 140 71 30 46 48 31 13 17 34 11 12 4 1 2 601
Total 2,364 1,224 559 493 312 248 247 237 176 160 145 121 89 71 58 33 8 4,668

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.