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 5,000th pub was added to that library.

Here are the tags on papers in the Galaxy Publications Library as of July 2018:

Year # Pubs +Meth-ods +Work-bench +Use-Public +Use-Main +Tools +Ref-Public +Use-Local +Is-Galaxy +Repro-duci-bility +Cloud +Oth-er +Shar-ed +Un-known +How-To +Pro-ject +Visu-aliza-tion +Use-Cloud
2005 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 6 3 8 3 4 6 1
2012 397 196 128 1 3 30 3 15 7 13 9 12 10 12 10 2
2013 500 263 150 16 92 37 10 28 27 8 22 9 22 13 7 6 3 2
2014 734 330 224 59 97 67 28 43 47 25 40 40 23 7 11 7 8 1
2015 924 470 233 137 116 67 51 59 48 24 48 34 23 14 8 11 7 2
2016 1115 572 246 210 113 73 110 73 46 43 36 49 20 14 19 7 9 3
2017 1314 753 232 277 137 77 107 97 69 74 31 29 23 23 8 6 7 1
2018 849 546 128 198 93 29 69 66 25 40 13 11 12 17 13 5 3 2
Total 6246 3316 1487 898 653 392 375 369 302 227 207 183 145 114 89 67 41 11

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
2018-01-15 225 9,843 48,522

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
2018-01-15 35 158 405

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
2018-01-15 2,609 579
2018-07-24 2,982 246

Tools

Galaxy Project Tool Shed

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

Events

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.

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.