May 2017 Galaxy News
- Galaxy Tutorial @ ISMB/ECCB 2017
- Gateways 2017 Call for Participation (1st deadline: June 5)
- All upcoming events
- Who's Hiring
- ToolShed Contributions
- Other News
Welcome to the May 2017 Galactic News, a summary of what is going on in the Galaxy community. If you have anything to add to next month's newsletter, then please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 Galaxy Community Conference
GCC2017 will be in Montpellier, France, 26-30 June and will feature two days of presentations, discussions, poster sessions, lightning talks, computer demos, keynotes, and birds-of-a-feather meetups, all about data-intensive biology and the tools and infrastructure that support it. GCC2017 also includes data and coding hacks, and two days of training covering 16 different topics.
GCC2017 will be held at Le Corum Conference Centre in the heart of Montpellier, just 10km from the Mediterranean. This event will gather several hundred researchers addressing diverse questions and facing common challenges in data intensive life science research. GCC participants work across the tree of life, come from around the world, and work at universities, research organizations, industry, medical schools and research hospitals.
Early registration closes May 15
Early registration ends May 15. Early registration starts at less than 55€ / day for post-docs and students. You can also book low cost conference housing when you register.
Poster and Demo submission closes May 27
Abstract submission for posters and demos closes May 27. Note that you can also still submit late oral prentations abstracts. Late abstracts are considered as cancellations occur. Lightning talk submissions close June 23.
New GCC2017 Sponsors
We are pleased to welcome BioTeam and GenomeWeb as returning GCC sponsors.
GenomeWeb is sponsoring GCC for the fourth year in a row. GenomeWeb is an independent online news organization that provides in-depth coverage of the scientific and economic ecosystem spurred by high-throughput genome sequencing. GenomeWeb news is the leading information source for scientists, executives, and clinicians who use and develop advanced life science tools. As a conference attendee, GenomeWeb is pleased to offer you a three month trial to access their premium news content by contacting email@example.com and indicating you are a Galaxy Conference 2017 attendee. If you are an academic professional or non-profit researcher, you automatically have access to GenomeWeb premium content and can register here to join using your work email address.
BioTeam is pleased to announce special pricing for the BioTeam Appliance Galaxy Edition now through Jun 30, 2017 (the last day of GCC2017). The BioTeam Appliance Galaxy Edition allows the researcher to get up and running fast with Galaxy. The Galaxy Appliance comes preinstalled with a production instance of Galaxy, bioinformatics tools, and reference datasets. "Science on Day One" To request more information click here.
|Galaxy Appliance Base Model 384/32||$29,995 USD|
|Galaxy Appliance Base Model 384/96||$45,495 USD|
|Galaxy Appliance Enhanced Model 512/32||$32,995 USD|
|Galaxy Appliance Enhanced Model 512/96||$48,995 USD|
Technology Financing is available for qualified institutions/companies. Will ship globally.
GCC2017 Call for BoFs!
There is no better place than a Galaxy Community Conference to meet and learn from others doing data-intensive biology. GCC2017 continues this tradition by again including Birds of a Feather (BoF) meetups. Birds of a Feather meetups are informal gatherings where participants group together based on common interests.
BoF meetups are encouraged throughout GCC2017. The current list of BoFs is available on the conference web site. BoFs are posted as soon as they are proposed. The exact time and schedule for each will be set in mid to late June.
Want to plan a BoF?
To launch a Birds of a Feather meetup submit your BoF idea here. Once submitted, the conference organizers will create the BoF in the conference schedule, and give you edit access.
The conference enables and encourages BoFs by
- Encouraging conference participants to organize BoFs
- Promote BoFs to all conference participants, over and over, both before and during the conference.
- Coordinate and reserve rooms for BoFs, and allocate time in the schedule for them too.
Galaxy Tutorial @ ISMB/ECCB 2017
Ther will be a half day tutorial on Making Galaxy Work for You at ISMB/ECCB 2017 in Prague, Czechia. The tutorial will provide a practical, hands-on guide to adapting the Galaxy platform to the specific needs of individuals attending the ISMB.
Participants will learn to
- Create Galaxy compatible tool and workflow definitions that are publicly accessible and that make it easy for any instance administrator to add your work to their server.
- Deploy Galaxy and scale it up to target production-ready resources such as a Postgres database, NGINX webserver, and distributed resource managers such SLURM or PBS.
Interested? Sign up when you register for ISMB/ECCB (and register before the tutorial fills up).
We also expect a lot of other Galaxy-related content at ISMB/ECCB 2017 and BOSC 2017. We'll add the presentations to the Galaxy @ ISMB/ECCB 2017 & BOSC 2017 event page as the schedules are posted. (And, please let us know if you have anything on the program.)
See you in Prague!
Gateways 2017 Call for Participation (1st deadline: June 5)
Gateways 2017 (October 23-25, at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) is now accepting submissions of papers, demos, tutorials, and panels (2-4 pages) on the topic of science or engineering gateways, which are integrated, user-friendly interfaces to scientific computing, data, and other domain-specific resources to support research and education.
Submissions may focus on design, use, impact, development processes, sustainability, best practices, or any other aspect that you think fellow gateway creators or users will find interesting to learn. We also welcome educational topics directed toward the next generation of gateway creators.
The primary submission DEADLINE IS JUNE 5, 2017, and a poster session deadline (open to all) will be September 8. Read more details in the Call for Participation.
All upcoming events
There are a plenitude of Galaxy related events coming up in the next few months:
See the Galaxy Events Google Calendar for details on other events of interest to the community.
110 new publications referencing, using, extending, and implementing Galaxy were added to the Galaxy CiteULike Group in April.
Some highlights from the papers added last month:
- Genome Build Information Is An Essential Part Of Genomic Track Files Chakravarthi Kanduri, Diana Domanska, Eivind Hovig, Geir K. Sandve. bioRxiv (2017), doi:10.1101/120923
- Antigen Receptor Galaxy: A User-Friendly, Web-Based Tool for Analysis and Visualization of T and B Cell Receptor Repertoire Data Hanna IJspeert, Pauline A. van Schouwenburg, David van Zessen, Ingrid Pico-Knijnenburg, Andrew P. Stubbs, Mirjam van der Burg. The Journal of Immunology (17 April 2017), 1601921, doi:10.4049/jimmunol.1601921
- Characterization of NIST Human Mitochondrial DNA SRM-2392 and SRM-2392-I Standard Reference Materials by Next Generation Sequencing Sarah Riman, Kevin M. Kiesler, Lisa A. Borsuk, Peter M. Vallone. Forensic Science International: Genetics (April 2017), doi:10.1016/j.fsigen.2017.04.005
- ReGaTE, Registration of Galaxy Tools in Elixir Olivia Doppelt-Azeroual, Fabien Mareuil, Eric Deveaud, et al. GigaScience (10 April 2017), doi:10.1093/gigascience/gix022
- Transcriptomic Analysis of C. elegans RNA Sequencing Data Through the Tuxedo Suite on the Galaxy Project Francis R. G. Amrit, Arjumand Ghazi. Journal of Visualized Experiments, No. 122. (8 April 2017), doi:10.3791/55473
- wft4galaxy: A Workflow Tester for Galaxy Marco Enrico Piras, Luca Pireddu, Gianluigi Zanetti. bioRxiv (2017), doi:10.1101/132001
The Galaxy is expanding! Please help it grow.
- Bioinformatician (Research Officer), Scientific Computing Research Unit (SCRU), University of Cape Town, South Africa. Bioinformatics and/or Cheminformatics research and development in the area of Cancer Glycobiology. The closing data for applications is 12 May 2017.
- Automated deployment of Galaxy environments using Ansible, Institut de Biologie Paris Seine, France
- BioInformaticien, HM.Clause, Business Unit du Groupe Limagrain, Maine et Loire, La Bohalle, France
- Scientific Research Programmer, Sethuraman Lab, California State University San Marcos. Develop model-based population genomics pipelines.
Got a Galaxy-related opening? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 90 publicly accessible Galaxy servers and six semi-public Galaxy services. Here's what happened with them in April
New Galaxy Services
United Kingdom: CLIMB
- To register for a CLIMB group account, you must:
- Be a UK academic or public sector worker working on microbial genomics
- Run your own research group (i.e. be a principal investigator)
- Have a .ac.uk (or .gov.uk or .nhs.uk email account)
- Agree to our service terms and conditions
- The CLIMB project (Cloud Infrastructure for Microbial Bioinformatics) develops and deploys a world leading cyber-infrastructure for microbial bioinformatics; providing free cloud-based compute, storage, and analysis tools for academic microbiologists in the UK.
- The project is supported by three world class Medical Research Fellows, a comprehensive training program and two newly refurbished Bioinformatics facilities in both Warwick and Swansea.
- The Galaxy component of CLIMB is based on GVL. CloudBridge, and CloudMan infrastructure.
- The CLIMB project is a collaboration between Warwick, Birmingham, Cardiff and Swansea Universities.
- CLIMB is funded by the UK’s Medical Research Council.
New Public Galaxy Servers
Antigen Receptor Galaxy (ARGalaxy)
- Automate the analysis and visual reporting of T- and B-cell receptor repertoire sequencing data.
Consists of four parts: the demultiplex tool, the IMGT concatenate tool, the immune repertoire pipeline and the SHM\&CSR pipeline. Together they allow the analysis of all different aspects of the immune repertoire. All pipelines can be run independently or combined, dependent on the available data and the question of interest
- The demultiplex tool allows data trimming and demultiplexing of samples
- The concatenate tool allows the merging of multiple IMGT/HighV-QUEST output files into a single file.
- The immune repertoire pipeline allows analysis of both B- and T-cell receptor rearrangements and was developed to visualize V(D)J gene usage, CDR3 characteristics (length and amino acid usage), junction characteristics and calculate the diversity of the immune repertoire.
- The SHM\&CSR pipeline allows analysis of somatic hypermutations (SHM) and/or class switch recombination (CSR) in B-cell receptor rearrangements. It analyzes the frequency and patterns of SHM, antigen selection (including BASELINe), clonality (Change-O) and CSR.
- Contact David van Zessen
- Account creation required. Anyone can create an account.
- Departments of Immunology and Bioinformatics at Erasmus MC.
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.
Other packages that have been released in the prior 4 months.
17.01 Galaxy Release
The Galaxy Committers published the 17.01 release of Galaxy in February.
- Conda auto initialization is enabled by default
- New interface for user preferences
- Support for compressed FASTQ formats
For full details on all of the enhancements and fixes in this release, please see the full release notes.
Galaxy Docker Image 17.01
And, thanks to Björn Grüning, there is also now a Docker image for Galaxy 17.01 as well.
Technically, the all-new Galaxy CloudLaunch service has been in public beta since February but keep in mind that it will replace the current CloudLaunch service eventually so give it a try and let us know how it performs for you.
CloudBridge aims to provide a simple layer of abstraction over different cloud providers, reducing or eliminating the need to write conditional code for each cloud. It is currently under development and is in an Alpha state. Release 0.2.0 includes several fixes and enhancements.
Planemo 0.39 - 0.40
Planemo is a set of command-line utilities to assist in building tools for the Galaxy project. These releases included numerous fixes and enhancements.
See GitHub for details.
Starforge is a collection of scripts that supports the building of components for Galaxy. Specifically, with Starforge you can:
- Build Galaxy Tool Shed dependencies
- Build Python Wheels (e.g. for the Galaxy Wheels Server)
- Rebuild Debian or Ubuntu source packages (for modifications)
These things will be built in Docker. Additionally, wheels can be built in QEMU/KVM virtualized systems.
Documentation can be found at starforge.readthedocs.org.
A Pulsar update was released in February. 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.
This release contains Conda and flake8 updates.
Galaxy's sequence utilities are a set of Python modules for reading, analyzing, and converting sequence formats.
And the rest ...
Other Galaxy packages that haven't had a release in the past four months can be found on GitHub.
Tool Shed contributions from April.
- Guardians of the Galaxy Workflow
- A nice writeup from Scott Edmunds about the GigaScience Galaxy Series (now on it's 12th paper) and GCC2017. GigaScience is a returning GCC sponsor this year and submissions relating to talks and posters at GCC2017 will be eligible for a continuing 15% discount.
From Björn Grüning
- Are you interested in #RNA #Bioinformatics? Try our new community maintained RNA Workbench
From Peter Briggs:
- The Galaxy-P Project has a brand new website.
- A new comprehensive ChIP-seq tutorial is available using DeepTools, MACS2, and MEME.
From Nathan Bott