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Galaxy News

Welcome to the November 2015 Galactic News, a summary of what is going on in the Galaxy community.

If you have anything to include in the next News, please send it to [Galaxy Outreach](mailto:outreach AT galaxyproject DOT org).

New Papers

81 new papers referencing, using, extending, and implementing Galaxy were added to the Galaxy CiteULike Group in October. Highlights include:

The new papers were tagged with:

# Tag    # Tag    # Tag    # Tag
5 Cloud - Project 5 Tools 18 UsePublic
2 HowTo 7 RefPublic - UseCloud 1 Visualization
5 IsGalaxy 3 Reproducibility 6 UseLocal 16 Workbench
43 Methods - Shared 8 UseMain


GCC2016 Training
  Vote now!  

GCC2016 Training Topic Vote Ends This Friday

Thanks to everyone who nominated topics for GCC2016 Training. Please take a few minutes to vote on the topics you want to see offered at GCC2016 Training.

The 2016 Galaxy Community Conference (GCC2016) features two full days of training on June 26-27. Each day will have multiple tracks, with each track featuring several sessions throughout the day. GCC2016 will be held at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, United States.

Topic voting closes November 6.

Topics will then be selected and scheduled based on topic interest, and the organizers' ability to confirm instructors for each session. Some very popular sessions may be scheduled more than once. The final schedule will be posted before registration opens (which we are hoping will be the end of November).

IUC Contribution Fest - Metagenomics Tools and Workflows

We are planning a remote hackathon on 30th of November and 1st of December for developers to work mainly on Galaxy metagenomic tools.

The remote nature of this gives people who don't have the opportunity to come to GCC hackathons (which have always been productive and a lot of fun) a chance to participate in a Galaxy hackathon. Having a well defined topic will allow us to accomplish a lot and let people who don't have particular tasks in mind find something to work on very quickly.

We are collecting ideas to work on, but we expect to attract the most participation by simply getting tool developers interested in getting help adding collection support to their existing tools and workflows to show up and participate.

If you are interested in participating in the hackathon but not interested in actual tool development - we will assemble a list of smaller, manageable Python and JavaScript tasks to work on and certainly documentation is a chronically lacking for collections so we could use help there and no actual coding would be required.

We encourage ideas or advice about how to organize this so please let us know. A core group will be available on IRC all day and we will have 4 google hangouts across those days to organize, answer questions, and report progress.

We will do our best to coordinate and make this hackathon a nice and productive experience and we would like to especially focus on working reasonable hours and discourage overnighters.

All forms of contribution are welcome!

See the event home page for more.

3 Workshop: Galaxy for the Analysis of Very Large Biomedical Data; Common Workflow Language on Galaxy, Part of Portable Bioinformatics; Single-Cell Sequencing: Analysis & Visualization of Copy Number Variations Analyse de données RNA-seq sous l’environnement Galaxy Galaxy Day 2015 Galaxy Training from Bioplatforms Australia and Intersect

Call for GCC2017 Hosts

   2012 Galaxy Community Conference    2013 Galaxy Community Conference (GCC2013)    GCC2014, June 30-July2    2015 Galaxy Community Conference (GCC2015)    2016 Galaxy Community Conference (GCC2016)
GCC2017 needs a host!
(and a logo)

The call for hosts for GCC2017 closes 30 November. If you are interested, please see this announcement.

October GalaxyAdmins Meetup Video and Slides

GalaxyAdmins meetup October 15


Video and slides for the GalaxyAdmins meetup on October 15 are now available. David Kovalic presented on Galaxy at Analome – Outreach, Opportunity and Challenges. This was followed by an active discussion about plans to migrate this wiki to another platform.

GalaxyAdmins is a special interest group for Galaxy community members who are responsible for Galaxy installations. We're skipping the December meetup (wouldn't you rather be on holiday?) so the next meetup will be in February. Hope to see you there.

Upcoming Events

There are upcoming events on 3 continents in 4 countries, and a veritable globular cluster of events in France this month. See the Galaxy Events Google Calendar for details on other events of interest to the community.

3 Workshop: Galaxy for the Analysis of Very Large Biomedical Data; Common Workflow Language on Galaxy, Part of Portable Bioinformatics; Single-Cell Sequencing: Analysis & Visualization of Copy Number Variations Analyse de données RNA-seq sous l’environnement Galaxy Galaxy Day 2015 Galaxy Training from Bioplatforms Australia and Intersect
Date Topic/Event Venue/Location Contact
November 3 Galaxy for the Analysis of Very Large Biomedical Data Workshop North America Festival of Genomics California, San Mateo, California, United States Training offered by GTN Member Dan Blankenberg, John Chilton
Common Workflow Language on Galaxy John Chilton
Single-Cell Sequencing: Analysis & Visualization of Copy Number Variations Workshop Robert Aboukhalil, Tyler Garvin
November 12 BioTeam & UC Davis Webinar: Introduction to Genomics Data Analysis with Galaxy Around the World Webinar - Open to all Email
November 15-16 Analyse de données RNA-seq sous l’environnement Galaxy Europe PRABI, Lyon, France
Training offered by GTN Member
November 17-18 Analyse de données RNA-seq sous l’environnement Galaxy Europe PRABI, Lyon, France
Training offered by GTN Member
November 18 Hackathon Galaxy 2015 Europe Institut Pasteur, Paris, France Email
November 19 Galaxy Day 2015
November 30 - December 1 IUC Contribution Fest - Metagenomics Tools and Workflows Around the World Online /iuc/, John Chilton
December 3 RNA-Seq Analysis Using Galaxy Australia University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW, Australia Training offered by GTN Member Mark Crowe, Katherine Champ
December 4 Variant Detection Using Galaxy
Galaxy and the Genomics Virtual Lab Australia BioInfoSummer 2015, University of Sydney, NSW, Australia
January 8 Introduction to Galaxy Workshop North America Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, United States Training offered by GTN Member Nico Franz, Melissa A. Wilson Sayres, Anton Nekrutenko
January 9-13 TreeGenes: Enabling visualization and analysis in forest tree genomics North America Plant and Animal Genome (PAG XXIV), San Diego, California, United States Emily Grau
Galaxy for SNP and Variant Data Analysis Dave Clements
January 19 An introduction to clinical bioinformatics Europe Festival of Genomics London, London, United Kingdom Ang Davies
February 20-23 (SW4) The Galaxy Platform for Multi-Omic Data Analysis and Informatics North America ABRF 2016, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States Training offered by GTN Member Pratik Jagtap, Tim Griffin, Dave Clements, Candace Guerrero, Getiria Onsongo
June 25-29 2016 Galaxy Community Conference (GCC2016) North America Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, United States Training offered by GTN Member Organizers
Designates a training event offered by GTN Member Designates a training event offered by GTN member(s)

Who's Hiring

Please Help! Yes you!

The Galaxy is expanding! Please help it grow.

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

New Public Galaxy Servers

1 new publicly accessible Galaxy servers was added in October, bringing the total dangerously close to 80.


  • Links:

  • Domain/Purpose:

    • A general purpose Galaxy instance that includes bioinformatics tools developed by the research teams working in the perimeter of the PRABI core facility, including kissplice/kissDE, TETools, SexDetector, and priam available through our local toolshed instance.
  • Comments:

    • Dedicated server: PowerEdge R920 Rack Server - 64 CPU, 512 GB RAM, 15To GB of disk space.
  • User Support:

    • galaxy@prabi user list (in French)
    • Email support: [galaxy DASH support AT listes DOT univ-lyon1 DOT fr](mailto:galaxy DASH support AT listes DOT univ-lyon1 DOT fr)
    • We also provide galaxy training courses for RNA-seq and ChIP-seq data analysis.
  • Quotas:

    • Disk space is limited to 100 MB for unregistered users, registered users are free to use up to 50 GB.
    • Users from the FRBioenvis and LECA teams are free to use up to 250 GB disk space.
    • Can be increased up to 1-2 TB in collaborative projects (please contact [galaxy@PRABI Admins](mailto:galaxy DASH support AT listes DOT univ-lyon1 DOT fr).)
  • Sponsor(s):


RDF2Graph using Reactome


Planemo 0.15.0 - 0.18.1

Planemo saw a meteor storm (sorry!) of activity in October with 4+ releases.

Planemo is a set of command-line utilities to assist in building tools for the Galaxy project. Planemo 0.18.1 is the most recent release. See the release history.

BioBlend 0.7.0

BioBlend version 0.7.0 was released few days ago. BioBlend is a python library for interacting with CloudMan and the Galaxy API. CloudMan offers an easy way to get a personal and completely functional instance of Galaxy in the cloud in just a few minutes, without any manual configuration.) From the release CHANGELOG.

Other Releases


July 2015 Galaxy Release (v 15.07) Galaxy Release v 15.07 includes enhancements to Interactive Environments and the Workflow Editor, an update of the Policies for Committers and Pull Requests and much more.

Mid 2015 Galaxy CloudMan Release

This is the most complete update of the Galaxy on the Cloud platform to date with all the cloud components being built from the ground up. See the [CHANGELOG](https://github.com/galaxyproject/cloudman/blob/master/CHANGELOG.md) for a complete set of changes or just give it a try: see the all new [Getting Started](/cloudman/getting-started/) documentation.

Security Advisories

Three security vulnerabilities were announced and patched in August. The Galaxy Committers have released a number of fixes which have been rolled in to affected versions of Galaxy dating back to the 14.10 release.

* **[Galaxy XSS Reflection Vulnerability](https://lists.galaxyproject.org/archives/list/galaxy-announce@lists.galaxyproject.org/message/EVXN3G5FZUPOEA4OYCC6V25TWGYBBWDV/)** * **[Galaxy LDAP Authentication Vulnerability](https://lists.galaxyproject.org/archives/list/galaxy-announce@lists.galaxyproject.org/message/GOZKUUTSB2AQSBXIGCFC6RVH37MDBQQZ/)** * **[Tool Shed Unauthorized Upload Vulnerability](https://lists.galaxyproject.org/archives/list/galaxy-announce@lists.galaxyproject.org/message/KNJIV2QCT52SPLXMCENLA2N5747ALSSK/)**

Pulsar Pulsar 0.5.0 was released in May. Pulsar is a Python server application that allows a Galaxy server to run jobs on remote systems (including Windows) without requiring a shared mounted file systems. Unlike traditional Galaxy job runners - input files, scripts, and config files may be transferred to the remote system, the job is executed, and the results are transferred back to the Galaxy server - eliminating the need for a shared file system.

**CloudMan ** The most recent edition of CloudMan was released in August.

blend4j v0.1.2 blend4j v0.1.2 was released in December 2014. blend4j is a JVM partial reimplemenation of the Python library bioblend for interacting with Galaxy, CloudMan, and BioCloudCentral.

Galaxy Community Hubs

Galaxy Training Network Galaxy Community Log Board Galaxy Deployment Catalog
Share your training resources and experience now Share your experience now

2 new Galaxy Training Network members were added last month:

  • Noor Biotechnologies Ltd. Noor Biotechnologies has a presence in Malaysia and Saudi Arabia, and is available for training worldwide.
  • University of Minnesota Minnesota Supercomputing Institute Research Informatics Solutions RIS is a group of experienced bioinformatics experts within the Supercomputing Institute at the University of Minnesota.

And 2 new Community Log Board entries were added as well. Both are about wrapping Tools for Galaxy:

Galaxy ToolShed

ToolShed Contributions

Ran out of time to compile these. Look for a double batch in December.

Other News

Galaxy Codebase Reaches 20 000 Commits

Galaxy codebase

In September Galaxy turned 10 years old by one important measure. Another milestone was reached in October when the Galaxy codebase surpassed of 20000 commits. And appropriately (and if I can count), the 20,000th was a pull request commit from community member Helena Rasche originally submitted by team member Nate Coraor.

Our thanks go to the community and the team alike.