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 BioStar were copied over.

Since the help forum is so new, we don't have any meaningful statistics yet.

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.
  • 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

Membership

This graph will be replaced in the next update with one that integrates Gitter and Galaxy Help membership as well.

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 2019.

Geography/Language-based Community / Channel Membership / Followers
Galaxy-Australia Twitter 292
Galaxy-UK Twitter 244
Galaxy Arabic Twitter 52
Galaxy Africa Mailing List 46
Topic-Based Community / Channel Membership / Followers
Galaxy Training Mailing List 114
Galaxy Training Gitter 116
Galaxy IUC Gitter 106
Galaxy Proteomics Mailing List 81

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 January 2019:

Year # Pubs Meth-ods Work-bench Use-Public Use-Main Ref-Public Tools 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 1 5 1 1 7 4 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 503 264 150 16 92 11 37 28 27 9 22 9 22 13 7 6 3 2
2014 737 332 225 61 97 29 67 43 47 25 40 40 23 7 11 7 8 1
2015 929 473 234 139 117 52 67 58 49 25 48 34 23 14 8 11 7 3
2016 1121 574 246 213 113 114 74 72 48 43 36 49 20 14 19 7 9 4
2017 1333 762 236 282 138 110 77 97 70 74 34 29 23 23 8 6 7 1
2018 1479 961 217 351 171 126 50 105 46 72 25 19 26 23 16 10 6 3
2019 117 84 10 40 14 11 4 12 3 5 1 3 2 1 3 1
Total 7029 3832 1592 1103 748 453 418 418 330 266 223 194 161 121 96 72 44 15

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 10 publications since we started tracking this.

Year Hutten-hower Repeat-Explorer Workflow-4Metabo-lomics Galaxy-P ARGs-OAP Cistrome Ribo-Galaxy Globus Genomics Genomic Hyper-browser Pheno-MeNal AR-Galaxy Orione Use-Galaxy.eu GVL-QLD
Pre 2017 1 10 2 6 2 3 1 10 5 1 1
2017 45 23 17 12 5 6 3 1 1 4 5 5
2018 159 58 36 15 17 17 16 8 9 10 7 5 9 5
2019 25 2 4 1 7 2 2 2
Total 230 93 59 34 31 28 20 19 14 13 11 11 11 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.

Galaxy BioStar

The Galaxy BioStar forum was launched on April 23, 2014 and retired on November 29, 2018. (The site still exists and can be searched.)

The January 2019 update to this page will be the last one to include BioStar stats.

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

Want the underlying numbers?

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