December 2016 Galaxy News

Galaxy News

Welcome to the December 2016 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).

Galaxy Community Hub (the Hub)

You may have noticed that the Galaxy community site / wiki is moving. We are midway through a transformation of our old MoinMoin based wiki into a GitHub based site refered to as the Community Hub, or just the Hub. (Note: This name may be temporary.)

And we need your help to finish the move.

The Hub uses GitHub Flavored Markdown for markup, and Metalsmith for web site rendering and for semi-structured content (such as the Events page). The new platform offers the strength of our old wiki (easy contribution) with a markup language many more people know, easy programmatic access, and all the strengths of GitHub.

Once the Hub is in better shape it will become the site. Until then you can find it at Once the move is complete and the old wiki will be shut down.

Content was automatically converted from MoinMoin and Creole markup to Markdown, and many other things were also cleaned up in the process. However, the automatic translation stumbled in some places and the cleanup and general restructuring are far from done. We also aren't yet taking advantage of Metalsmith to render semi-structured content and page metadata.

The Community Hub Contribution Convergence (CHCC): Thursday December 8

To address these issues we are holding the Community Hub Contribution Convergence (CHCC) online this week on Thursday December 8. The goals of CHCC are to

  • Get participants up to speed on how to update the new site.
  • Create / improve documentation on how to update the new site.
  • Fix translation errors and things that were accidentally dropped
  • Generally reorganize and update documentation.
  • Drop obsolete material
  • Work out plans and best practices for supporting semi-structured content and page metadata.

CHCC will use GitHub to coordinate work, and a Gitter channel for communication during the event. Interested? Please join us.


In addition to CHCC there are a wealth of events coming up. Here are some highlights:

Galaxy Australasia Meeting (GAMe 2017)

Galaxy Australasia Meeting 2017

GAMe 2017 will bring together biomedical researchers, bioinformaticians, infrastructure providers, and data producers from across Australia and Asia to share expertise across many levels.

This meeting features three distinct events:

  • Researcher Training Day on 3 February, aimed at biomedical researchers who need to analyse their biological data
  • The GAMe 2017 Conference starts 4 February and features two full days of keynotes, accepted and sponsor talks, poster and sponsor sessions, birds­-of-­a­-feather gatherings, a conference dinner and lots of opportunities for networking.
  • Each day has a theme, and participants can register for one or both days.

    • BIO Day: Saturday will have a biology emphasis
    • INFO Day: Sunday will focus on infrastructure, tools, and development.
  • A four day workshop on Galaxy server administration runs 5-9 February. This is the 2nd time this workshop has been offered. The first time was last month and it was very well received. Don't miss your chance to attend.

Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce that the keynote speakers for GAMe 2017 will be James Taylor and Björn Grüning. These two probably don't need introductions in a Galaxy newsletter, but here are some brief ones anyway:

Dr James Taylor is the Ralph S. O’Connor Associate Professor of Biology and associate professor of computer science at Johns Hopkins University. He is a Galaxy Project PI, and one of the original developers of the Galaxy platform for data analysis. His group works on extending the Galaxy platform, and understanding genomic and epigenomic regulation of gene transcription through integrated analysis of functional genomic data.

Dr Björn Grüning is with the Bioinformatics Group at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, in Freiburg Germany, where he heads the Freiburg Galaxy Project. His publication list includes several papers that feature Galaxy prominently, including the recent “Enhancing pre-defined workflows with ad hoc analytics using Galaxy, Docker and Jupyter” (Grüning, et al, 2016. He is a prominent contributor to, and is a driving force in, the Galaxy community. In the past year alone, he helped organize the Bioconda Contribution Fest, Swiss-German Galaxy Days, the Galaxy Training Materials Contribution Fest, the Galaxy DevOps Workshop, and the Conda Dependencies Codefest, and presented and taught at GCC2016. His research interests include data visualisation, computational chemistry, and drug discovery.

ORAL Presentation Abstracts Deadline Extended to 14 December

Accepted talks will be presented during the 2-day conference, 4-5 February. Talks are 15-20 minutes long and the meeting is single track.

Oral presentation abstract submission has been extended to 14 December 2016. Abstracts are limited to 250 words.

Early Registration ends 31 December

Early registration is open until 31 December. Register now and save up to 43% off regular registration rates.

Poster Submission

Poster abstract submission is open until we run out of poster space. Abstracts are limited to 250 words. Poster abstracts are reviewed on a rolling basis and submitters will be notified of the decision within two weeks of the abstract’s submission date.

All upcoming events

There are a plenitude of Galaxy related events coming up in the next few months:

Galaxy Australasia Meeting 2017
Date Topic/Event Venue/Location Contact
December 6 Reproducible Science in Bioinformatics: Current Status, Solutions and Research Opportunities Around the world Grenoble, France, and Online Sarah Cohen Boulakia, Yvan Le Bras and Bruno Chopard
December 8 The Community Hub Contribution Convergence (CHCC) Around the world Online Dannon Baker, Dave Clements
December 15 Galaxy Training Materials: Community creation, curation, and use and The new Galaxy Hub: Community creation, curation, and use Online Online Björn Grüning, Bérénice Batut, Dannon Baker and Dave Clements
December 15-16 Galaxy RNA-sequencing data analysis workshop Europe Freiburg, Germany Training offered by GTN Member Freiburg Galaxy Team
January 14-18 Galaxy @ Plant & Animal Genome XXV (PAG 2017)
San Diego, California, United States
January 16-19 European Galaxy Developer Workshop
Strasbourg, France
Training offered by GTN Member Organisers
January 30 RNA-Seq Analysis Using Galaxy
Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia
Katherine Chamnp
February 3-9 Galaxy Australasia Meeting (GAMe 2017)
University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Training offered by GTN Member Organisers
February 13-17 Galaxy Workshop on HTS data analysis for Scientists
Freiburg, Germany
Training offered by GTN Member Organisers
June 26-30 2017 Galaxy Community Conference (GCC2017)
Montpellier, France
Training offered by GTN Member Organisers
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See the Galaxy Events Google Calendar for details on other events of interest to the community.

New Publications

60 new publications referencing, using, extending, and implementing Galaxy were added to the Galaxy CiteULike Group in November.

Some highlights from last month:

Tagged Publications

The new papers were tagged with:

# Tag    # Tag    # Tag    # Tag
1 Cloud 2 Other -3 Shared 5 UseMain
- HowTo - Project 2 Tools 10 UsePublic
3 IsGalaxy 7 RefPublic - UseCloud - Visualization
28 Methods 1 Reproducibility 5 UseLocal 19 Workbench

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.

Public Galaxy Server News

There are over 80 publicly accessible Galaxy servers and five semi-public Galaxy services. Here's what happened with them in November.

New Public Galaxy Servers


  • Link:

  • Domain/Purpose:

    • Large scale computing for medical informatics
  • Comments:

    • "The PhenoMeNal Galaxy installation allows users to access all of the PhenoMeNal containerised tools through a workflow environment, on an scalable infrastructure that can be deployed to public and private cloud installations.

    This PhenoMeNal H2020 Galaxy instance, and all of its tools, run as containers on top of Kubernetes, an open source container orchestrator system backed by Google. If you wish to deploy the PhenoMeNal Galaxy installation on top of your own Kubernetes instance, you can find instructions at our wiki.

  • User Support:

  • Quotas:
  • Sponsor(s):

    • The PhenoMeNal consortium is driven by 14 European research groups with strong experience in the development of tools and methods for large data acquisition, integration and analysis for metabolic phenotypes, genome and cross-omics data.
    • PhenoMeNal is funded by European Commission's Horizon2020 programme, grant agreement number 654241.


BitLAB Galaxy

Galaxy Community Hubs

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

No new resources were added to community hubs in November.


Planemo 0.35.0

Planemo is a set of command-line utilities to assist in building tools for the Galaxy project. This release included native support for building bioconductor tools and recipes, fixes for running Galaxy via docker-galaxy-stable and Import order linting fixes

See GitHub for details.

Pulsar 0.7.3


A Pulsar update was released in October. 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.

Earlier Releases

Other packages that have been released in the prior 4 months.

Galaxy v16.07


The Galaxy Committers team is pleased to announce the July 2016 (v16.07) release of Galaxy.


Shift of Galaxy tool dependencies to Conda

Galaxy admins obtained the ability to install Galaxy tool’s dependencies using the Conda package manager. This is a Beta feature and we encourage interested deployers to opt-in by modifying configuration. Documentation that explains this switch and answers FAQ is available.

Dynamic tool destinations

Our friends from Canada National Microbiology Laboratory enhanced Galaxy with feature that allows dynamic mapping of tools to destinations based on finer grained admin-specified rules. Please see the wiki. Implemented in PR #2579.

Galaxy chat

Admins can now plug in the included communication server to enable users of their instance to use real-time chat within the Galaxy interface. Please see the documentation to learn how to activate and use this feature. Implemented in PR #2515.


New Galaxy repository

$ git clone -b release_16.07

Update of existing Galaxy repository

$ git checkout release_16.07 && git pull --ff-only origin release_16.07

See our wiki for additional details regarding the source code locations.

See the full release notes for more.

Galaxy Docker Image 16.07

And, thanks to Björn Grüning, there is also now a Docker image for Galaxy 16.07 as well.

galaxy-lib 16.10.10

galaxy-lib is a subset of the Galaxy core code base designed to be used as a library. This subset has minimal dependencies and should be Python 3 compatible. It's available from GitHub and PyPi.

The October releases (8 of them!) added mulled and Conda enhancements.

CloudBridge 0.1.1

CloudBridge provides a simple layer of abstraction over different cloud providers, reducing or eliminating the need to write conditional code for each cloud. The latest release adds support for advanced networking management and OpenStack Keystone v3 support (required to use NSF Jetstream cloud).

BioBlend 0.8.0

BioBlend is a Python library for interacting with CloudMan and Galaxy‘s API. BioBlend makes it possible to script and automate the process of cloud infrastructure provisioning and scaling via CloudMan, and running of analyses via Galaxy.

See the release notes for what's new in release 0.8.0.

And the rest ...

Other Galaxy packages that haven't had a release in the past four months can be found on GitHub.

Galaxy ToolShed

ToolShed Contributions

Didn't get there this month.

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