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.

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 458
Galaxy-UK Twitter 321
Galaxy Arabic Twitter 69
Galaxy Africa Mailing List 50
Topic-Based Community / Channel
Galaxy Training Mailing List 136
Galaxy Training Gitter 151
Galaxy IUC Gitter 135
Galaxy Proteomics Mailing List 88

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 December 2019:

Year # Pubs Me-thods Work-bench Use-Pub-lic Use-Main Ref-Pub-lic Use-Local Tools Is-Galaxy Repro-duci-bility Cloud Oth-er Shar-ed Un-known How-To Pro-ject Visu-aliza-tion Edu-ca-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 1 5 1 1 7 4 5
2011 205 93 69 1 8 16 6 3 8 3 4 6 1 1
2012 397 196 128 1 3 3 30 15 7 14 9 12 10 12 10 2 1
2013 505 264 149 16 92 11 28 37 28 9 22 9 22 13 7 6 3 3 2
2014 738 332 224 61 97 29 43 67 48 25 40 39 23 7 11 7 8 2 1
2015 928 472 234 139 116 52 58 67 49 25 48 33 23 14 8 11 7 1 3
2016 1124 575 246 213 115 114 72 74 48 45 36 47 20 13 20 7 9 2 4
2017 1337 765 237 282 139 110 97 77 70 75 35 25 23 23 8 6 7 5 1
2018 1604 1038 243 374 187 140 111 52 48 80 30 18 27 25 16 9 7 6 3
2019 1823 1263 214 557 197 151 142 64 51 70 19 17 23 4 12 7 4 12 2
2020 58 34 9 19 2 11 3 1 4 1 2 1
Total 8927 5125 1829 1662 951 618 557 481 386 342 248 200 183 125 108 78 50 33 16

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 December 2019

Year Hutten-hower Repeat-Explorer Workflow4-Metabolomics CPT ARGs-OAP Galaxy- P Cis-trome UseGalaxy .eu deep-Tools Ribo-Galaxy
Pre 2017 1 10 2 2 7 4 2 1
2017 45 23 17 5 12 6 1 3
2018 162 59 38 6 18 18 17 10 14 18
2019 223 61 56 63 38 21 21 34 17 11
2020 14 1 3 3 2
Total 445 154 116 69 66 60 48 44 34 33

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.