December 2013 Galaxy Update

Galaxy Updates

Welcome to the December 2013 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.

50+ Public Servers

Three new servers were added to the list of publicly accessible Galaxy servers last month. The number of servers has more than doubled in the past 12 months, with the new additions bringing the total to 51.

The server list has also been reorganized from a single alphabetical list into three distinct depending on server breadth of coverage. From generality to specificity the 3 lists are:

General Purpose Servers These servers support analysis across a wide range of biology. Domain Servers These servers are dedicated to a particular domain, either within the tree of life, or in a particular type of analysis. Tool Publishing Servers These servers' primary function is to enable researchers to use a specific set of locally developed tools, without having to install them locally and use command line interfaces.

The newly added servers are:

OSDDlinux LiveGalaxy

OSDDlinux LiveGalaxy

Dostie Lab Galaxy

Dostie Lab Galaxy @ McGill University
  • Link: Dostie Lab Galaxy
  • Domain/Purpose: Chromosome Conformation Capture (3C) and 3C Carbon Copy (5C) analysis tools.
  • Comments: "Recent studies indicate that genomes are organized into dynamic three-dimensional physical networks, which are required for correct gene expression. The functional (physical) connectivity between genes and regulatory DNA elements must be mapped to understand how correct gene expression is obtained and ultimately how the genome functions." These tools quantitatively measure the intensity of individual DNA contacts within the genome.
  • User Support:
  • Quotas: Must create a login to run tools. Anyone can create a login.
  • Sponsor(s): Canadian Institute of Health Research, and the Canadian Cancer Society



# New Papers
# Tag    # Tag    # Tag    # Tag
5 Cloud - Project 5 Tools - UsePublic
1 HowTo 3 RefPublic - UseCloud - Visualization
5 IsGalaxy 2 Reproducibility 4 UseLocal 18 Workbench
26 Methods - Shared 11 UseMain

61 papers (a new record) were added to the Galaxy CiteULike Group in November. Some papers that may be particularly interesting to the Galaxy community:

Who's Hiring

Please Help! Yes you!

The Galaxy is expanding! Please help it grow.

Got a Galaxy-related opening? Send it to and we'll put it in the Galaxy News feed and include it in next month's update.


GCC2014: June 30 - July 2, Baltimore

GCC2014: June 30 - July 2

The 2014 Galaxy Community Conference (GCC2014) will be held June 30 through July 2, at the Homewood Campus of Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, Maryland, United States.

Training Day Nominations, December 2-20

GCC2014 will start with a Training Day on June 30. As for GCC2013, the specific topics offered will be determined by you, the Galaxy Community. Topic nomination will open December 2 and remain open through December 20. Nominated topics will be posted to the Training Day page as they come in. The organizers will then collate the nominations into a single list that the community (yes, that means you) will vote on the nominations in January. The final schedule of topics and instructors will be published no later than February 10, when registration opens.

Watch the Galaxy Mailing Lists for announcements and links to the nomination form.

Training Day is an opportunity to learn about all things Galaxy including using Galaxy, deploying and managing Galaxy, extending Galaxy, and Galaxy internals. There will be 4 parallel tracks, each with 3 sessions, with each of those sessions two and half hours long. That's 12 sessions and 30 hours of workshop material.


Ion Torrent by Life Technologies

We are pleased to announce several sponsorships for GCC2014. First, Ion Torrent will again be the exclusive Platinum Sponsor for the annual Galaxy meeting. This is the third year in a row that Ion Torrent has been the Platinum Sponsor of this event.


We are also pleased to announce that BioTeam will again be a Gold Sponsor for this annual event. This is the second year in a row that BioTeam has been a GCC Gold Sponsor.

There are still Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsorships still available. Please contact the Organizers if your organization would like to help sponsor this event.


In 2014 we are also adding non-sponsor exhibit spaces in addition to the sponsor exhibits. This will significantly increase the size of the exhibit floor. Please contact the Organizers if your organization would like to have an exhibit space at GCC2014.

UC Davis Bioinformatics Boot Camps

Boot Camps @ UC Davis Bioinformatics Core

There is still space in 3 of the 4 UC Davis Bioinformatics Bootcamps this month.

The next offering of UC Davis Bioinformatics Bootcamps will be held on the UC Davis campus December 10-13.

These focused one-day courses are for researchers looking to get up to speed quickly on the latest technologies and techniques in bioinformatics. Students will work on their own laptops and have continued access to software and example data used in the exercises through a public Amazon Web Services virtual machine. The first three bootcamps will use the Galaxy platform, and the final bootcamp will use both Galaxy and the command-line. The Alignment and Assembly bootcamps (Dec. 11th & 12th) require you to know Galaxy, so if you are unfamiliar with Galaxy, you should also take the Introduction bootcamp on Dec. 10th.

UC Davis

Tuesday, December 10: Introduction to Next-Generation Sequence Analysis with Galaxy

This Boot Camp is full.

Wednesday, December 11: Next-Generation Sequence Alignment and Variant Discovery

Thursday, December 12: Genome Assembly using Next-Generation Sequence Data

Friday, December 13: Introduction to the Amazon Cloud for Galaxy and the Command-Line

Enrollment for each bootcamp is capped at 24 students. Please enroll early to be assured of a seat, as these bootcamps usually fill up quickly! More information, including full descriptions of each bootcamp is available online. The cost for each bootcamp is $200 (academic/government) or $250 (non-academic/industry).

Other Events

There is a lot going on in the next three months. Also see the [Galaxy Events Google Calendar]( for details on other events of interest to the community.
QFAB Workshops Galaxy Day UC Davis Bioinformatics Bootcamps Plant and Animal Genome (PAG 2014) 2014 GMOD Meeting
Date Topic/Event Venue/Location Contact
December 4 Galaxy Day
Les inscriptions au Galaxy Day sont closes
Paris (Institut Curie), France Organisateurs
December 9 Workshop : An Introduction to De Novo Genome Assembly using Galaxy The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Queensland, Australia Mark Crowe
December 10 Introduction to Next-Generation Sequence Analysis with Galaxy
Session is full but waiting list is open
UC Davis Bioinformatics Bootcamps, Davis, California, United States UC Davis Bioinformatics Training
December 11 Next-Generation Sequence Alignment and Variant Discovery
December 12 Genome Assembly using Next-Generation Sequence Data
December 13 Introduction to the Amazon Cloud for Galaxy and the Command-Line
December 11 Using Galaxy to Understand Cancer Genomics National Cancer Institute, Rockville, Maryland, United States Jeremy Goecks
January 11-15 Galaxy for NGS Data Analysis: A Hands-on Computer Demo Plant and Animal Genome XXII (PAG 2014), San Diego, California, United States Dave Clements, Anushka Brownley
Galaxy Cloudman: A Gentle Introduction to Data Analysis on the Cloud
Part of the GMOD Workshop
Dave Clements, Scott Cain
January 16-17 2014 GMOD Meeting San Diego, California, United States Dave Clements, Scott Cain
February 10-14 Analyse Bioinformatique de séquences pour l'amélioration des plantes Campus la Gaillarde, Montpellier, France Yolande OLIVIER
May 27 Enabling Data Analysis with Galaxy CloudMan workshop MIPRO 2014, Opatija, Croatia Enis Afgan
June 30 - July 2 2014 Galaxy Community Conference (GCC2014) Homewood Campus of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, United States Organizers

Galaxy Distributions

Nov 04, 2013 Galaxy Distribution


new:       $ hg clone

upgrade:   $ hg pull 
           $ hg update release_2013.11.04


A new version of CloudMan was released in July.

ToolShed Contributions

Galaxy ToolShed

New Public ToolSheds

This is the first time we've highlighted publicly accessible ToolSheds. We will continue to advertise this as we become aware of them.

GenOuest ToolShed

The GenOuest public ToolShed contains over 60 valid tools in 36 repositories in 9 categories.

Repositories in the Galaxy Project ToolShed

There were many...

  • fastx_barcode_splitter_enhanced: allows barcodes in a separate index read, loads results into a history
  • shear: Sample Heterogeneity Estimation and Assembly by Reference
  • dimont_motif_discovery: A general approach for de-novo motif discovery from high-throughput data
  • arts: Automated Randomization of multiple Traits for Study design
  • samtools_idxstats: BAM mapping statistics (using samtools idxstats)
  • vcftools_{annotate, compare, isec, merge, slice, subset} and all_vcftools
  • filter_tools: Various Imaging Filters including Median, Emboss, Blur, Contour, Detail, ...
  • image_tools: General Image Tools: Image Filmify, Image Tileify, Image Rotate, Image Resize
  • and ...



deepTools is a suite of tools that close the software gap between the very first steps of data processing of deeply sequenced data and biologically insightful downstream analyses. deepTools comprise efficient and reliable programs that enable users to perform quality controls and to generate bigWig files of normalised read coverages with different scaling approaches. Furthermore, the tools offer fast computation of coverages for user-specified genomic regions including their visualisation as meta-profiles and heatmaps. deepTools can be installed via the ToolShed and source is at GitHub.

Other News

  • bioblend 0.4.1 CloudMan and Galaxy API library released
  • New accounts on Main now have to activate using the link sent to email address or they can't run jobs (includes upload). Want to enable this on your own Galaxy instance? See the User Accounts Administration page.