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.

Support Channels

Galaxy Help Forum

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 our old BioStar site were copied over.

Galaxy on Gitter Chat

The Galaxy community uses Gitter.im for chat support, and there are many different channels, depending upon topic. Here are the channels with 30 or more members.

Mailing Lists

Most of Galaxy's mailing list traffic has migrated to the help forum and to Gitter. The Galaxy-Announce (see below) and Galaxy-Dev mailing lists remain the only frequently active mailing lists. Here's the history:

  • 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.
  • 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

Communication Channels

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.

Communities

Several domain-specific and regional/language-based Galaxy Communities also exist. Here are their numbers as of January 2020.

Geography/Language-based Community / Channel Membership / Followers
Galaxy-Australia Twitter 564
Galaxy-UK Twitter 380
UseGalaxy.EU Gitter 248
Galaxy Arabic Twitter 73
Galaxy Africa Mailing List 52
Topic-Based Community / Channel
Galaxy Training Gitter 200
Galaxy Admins Gitter 113
Galaxy Training Mailing List 144
Galaxy IUC Gitter 140
Galaxy Proteomics Mailing List 89
Galaxy Dev Gitter 65

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 August 2020:

Year # Pubs Methods UsePublic Workbench UseMain RefPublic UseLocal Tools IsGalaxy Reproducibility Cloud Other Shared Unknown HowTo Project Visualization Education UseCloud
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 1
2010 107 50 36 1 1 5 1 1 7 4 5
2011 205 93 69 1 8 16 6 3 8 3 4 6 1 1
2012 398 197 1 128 3 3 30 15 7 14 9 12 10 12 10 2 1
2013 506 264 16 149 92 12 28 37 28 9 22 9 22 13 7 6 3 3 2
2014 741 331 60 226 98 30 43 67 48 25 40 39 23 7 12 7 8 2 1
2015 929 473 140 233 116 52 58 68 49 26 48 33 23 14 8 11 7 1 3
2016 1125 575 213 246 115 116 72 73 49 46 37 47 19 13 20 7 9 2 4
2017 1333 760 279 239 138 110 98 76 72 72 35 25 24 23 8 6 7 5 1
2018 1578 1028 373 236 185 138 110 51 46 76 28 18 26 25 16 8 6 6 3
2019 1926 1310 579 236 205 167 144 64 51 82 22 17 25 5 12 6 4 12 2
2020 1405 1018 452 134 173 106 96 50 42 38 11 11 8 4 5 8 8 15 1
2021 6 2 1 3 1
Total 10360 6144 2114 1975 1128 731 652 528 425 387 261 210 192 131 112 85 56 48 17


The Tags graph highlights several trends.

  • Methods: The number of methods papers continues to grow every year.
  • UsePublic: UsePublic papers (papers that use a publicly accessible Galaxy server other than UseGalaxy.org) is the fastest growing category, and there have been more UsePublic papers than UseMain (main = UseGalaxy.org) since 2015.

Galaxy Platforms

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.

Platforms in Publications

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 30 publications since we started tracking this, as of August 2020.

Year Huttenhower RepeatExplorer Workflow4Metabolomics ARGs-OAP UseGalaxy.eu CPT Galaxy-P Cistrome RiboGalaxy deepTools Globus Genomics UseGalaxy.org.au Pasteur
Pre 2017 1 12 2 2 8 4 1 2 10
2017 45 24 16 5 12 6 3 1 1 5
2018 162 57 39 18 10 6 18 17 17 14 11 3 3
2019 227 66 57 43 38 65 20 21 13 16 8 17 14
2020 235 43 39 35 45 10 19 14 3 4 5 14 9
2021 1 1
Total 671 202 153 103 93 81 77 62 37 37 36 34 31

Code: Commits and Committers

We are planning a thorough update of this section in 2020.

According to Open Hub:

This is one of the largest open-source teams in the world, and is in the top 2% of all project teams on Open Hub.

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 every year since 2012.

Want the underlying numbers?

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