September 2012 Galaxy Update

Galaxy Updates

Welcome to the September 2012 edition of Galaxy Update, a monthly summary of what is going on in the Galaxy community. Galaxy Updates complement the Galaxy Development News Briefs which accompany new Galaxy releases and focus on Galaxy code updates.

New Papers

These papers may be of interest to the Galaxy community:

These papers were among 46 papers added to the Galaxy CiteULike group since the last Galaxy Update (for a total of 421 papers in the last ~19 months). The new papers are spread across 7 categories.

New Public Servers

Three new publicly accessible Galaxy servers were added to the Public Galaxy Servers page in August:

Server Purpose / Community Other Comments Restrictions Sponsor
IBDsite a Galaxy-interacting, integrative database for supporting Inflammatory Bowel Disease high throughput data analysis CNR-ITB
NCBO and OPPL Galaxy The NCBO-Galaxy tools provide Galaxy users with the functionality of the NCBO BioPortal services. OPPL-Galaxy is a set of functions that can be executed over OWL ontologies with the aim of facilitating the use of semantic activities within Galaxy Bioinformatics workflows. See "NCBO-Galaxy: bridging the BioPortal web services and the Galaxy platform," by Giménez, et al., presented at ICBO2012; and "OPPL-Galaxy: Enhancing ontology exploitation in Galaxy with OPPL" by Aranguren, et al. Universidad de Murcia
PopGenIE The Populus Genome Integrative Explorer Galaxy instance. Storage quotas Plant Physiology, University of Umeå

Who's Hiring

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Upcoming Events and Deadlines

South African Genetics and Bioinformatics Society Conference Swiss Galaxy Day Extending High-Performance Computing Beyond its Traditional User Communities Workshop ASHG 2012


There are September application, poster, and paper deadlines for

September events include Galaxy workshops and talks in South Africa, the Automated and reproducible analysis of NGS data (ARANGS12), Beyond the Genome 2012, and ICG Americas 2012.

See the Galaxy Events Google Calendar for details on these and other events.


Date Topic/Event Venue/Location Contact
September 3-4 Galaxy Workshop University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa Dave Clements
September 6-7 Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa
September 10-11 Systems Bioinformatics Workshop Institute for Systems Biology
Seattle, Washington, United States
James Taylor
September 10-12 Transparent, accessible, reproducible analysis with Galaxy South African Genetics & Bioinformatics Society Conference
University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Dave Clements
Assembling a cassava transcriptome using Galaxy on a high performance computing cluster Aobakwe Matshidiso
September 11-13 Facilitating Research on Heart Disease through SaaS Bio-IT World Cloud Summit, San Francisco, California, United States Raimond Winslow
September 11-14 Automated and reproducible analysis of NGS data (ARANGS12) Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Oeiras, Portugal Rutger Vos, Darin London
September 27-29 Informatics Workshop Beyond the Genome 2012, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts James Taylor
October 3 (first Swiss) Galaxy Workshop SyBIT Tech Day, Bern, Switzerland Hans-Rudolf Hotz
October 8-12 Extending High-Performance Computing Beyond its Traditional User Communities Workshop 8th IEEE International Conference on eScience (eScience 2012), Chicago Illinois, United States James Taylor
October 9-11 Tavaxy: A Workflow System with Taverna and Galaxy Capabilities and Cloud Computing Support Bio-IT World Europe, Vienna, Austria Mohamed Abouelhoda
October 31 - November 6 Computaional & Comparative Genomics Course Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York, United States William Pearson, James Taylor
October 28 - November 2 Genomic Virtual Laboratory Workshop eResearch Australasia, Sydney, Australia Enis Afgan
November 6-10 Galaxy 101: Data Integration, Analysis and Sharing American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG), San Francisco, California, United States Jennifer Jackson, Jeremy Goecks
Working with High-Throughput Data and Data Visualization
November 12-14 The Genome Access Course Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York, United States Assaf Gordon
November 13-15 Analyse des données RNA-seq et ChIP-seq (séquençage haut-débit), à l'aide d'outils orientés vers un public de biologistes PRABI (Pôle Rhône-Alpes de Bioinformatique), Doua de l'Université Claude Bernard - Lyon, Lyon, France Guy Perrière
June 30 - July 2 2013 Galaxy Community Conference (GCC2013) University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway Galaxy Outreach

Swiss Galaxy Day

Swiss Galaxy Day

The 1st Swiss Galaxy Workshop will be held October 3-4 in Bern, and is aimed at Galaxy administrators and users alike. We also welcome participants who are using other workflow management systems, and tool developers who are looking for such systems to offer their tools to a wider audience.

We would like to discuss the status of the Galaxy project, new developments, interface to other systems, extensions and best practice in reproducible research.

The workshop is part of the SyBIT Tech Day series.

New Galaxy-France Mailing List

Galaxy-France Mailing List

A new mailing list has been launched, specifically for the French Galaxy Community:

This list is intended to communicate and share our experiences with Galaxy in France. The official language of this list is French. See the list announcement, list archive and list subscription page for more. Postings to the list will be integrated into Galaxy search.

Tool Shed Contributions

Several new repositories were added to the Galaxy Tool Shed in August.

  • sambamba_filter Flexible filtering of BAM/SAM
  • ncbi_blast_plus tblastx, blastn, blastp, blastx, BLAST XML → tabular, and tblastn
  • kmersvm use a Support Vector Machine (SVM) with k-mer sequence features (kmer-SVM) to identify predictive combinations of short TF binding sites which determine the tissue specificity of these genomic assays.

New Distributions

The most recent Galaxy distribution was released on July 20, 2012.

Other News