January 2018 Galaxy News

Galaxy News

Welcome to the January 2018 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 outreach@galaxyproject.org.


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

GCCBOSC 2018 Training Nominations Extended to January 12

Nominate a training topic now.

GCCBOSC 2018: Nominate Training Topics

The joint 2018 Galaxy Community and Bioinformatics Open Source Conferences start with training and the training topics are determined by you. Topic nominations have been extended January 12. Any topics of interest to these communities can be nominated.

GCCBOSC2018 will be held 25-30 June in Portland, Oregon, United States. It will feature two days of training: the second of which is multi-track and will feature content for both the BOSC and Galaxy communities.

Nominated topics can cover a wide range. For example:

  • How to use open source software using just a web browser (e.g., Intro to Using Galaxy)
  • How to use software packages (The Newbie's Guide to BioRuby)
  • Advanced applications of software (Genome Assembly with Galaxy, or Proteomics with BioPython)
  • Software installation and configuration (Tool Wrapping for Galaxy, or Using CloudLaunch)
  • Open source community (Building a Curation Community using Apollo, or Training using the Galaxy Training Network)

These are only examples. If you are looking for ideas, see topics nominated for GCC2017, GCC2016, GCC2015, and the Galaxy Events page, which lists what training the community is offering outside of GCCs. Training is not limited to Galaxy-related topics. Don't be afraid to think inside the BOSC!

Nominated topics have been, and will continue to be published as they come in. Topics will be compiled into a uniform list by the GCCBOSC2018 organizers, and then voted on by the community later this month.

Galaxy (and GMOD) at Plant and Animal Genome XXVI

Galaxy at PAG XXVI

The 26th Plant and Animal Genome Conference will be held January 13-17, in San Diego, California. PAG is the largest ag-genomics meeting in the world and Galaxy will be there to help researchers get the most from their data. There will be (at least):

See the Galaxy @ PAG page for details.



GMOD (of which Galaxy is a part) has a bunch of things going on at PAG that are of interest to the Galaxy Community:

If you are interested in supporting better integration of Galaxy with other GMOD components then please give the two hackathons a look.

Intro to Galaxy Workshop at CSUSM

Introduction to Galaxy Workshop, CSU San Marcos, January 12

If you are at Cal State San Marcos, or anywhere nearby, there will be an Introduction to Galaxy Workshop in San Marcos, California on Friday January 12. The workshop is free, but space is limited, so you are encouraged to register now.

ELIXIR Galaxy Community Kickoff and Meeting

[ELIXIR Galaxy Community Kickoff and Meeting](https://www.elixir-europe.org/events/galaxy-community-kickoff-meeting-and-galaxy-user-conference)

The ELIXIR Galaxy community will have a kickoff meeting 14-16th March 2018, in Freiburg/Germany. We will combine this with a Galaxy User Conference and the official launch of the usegalaxy.eu server.

This event will also be coordinated with the EMBL Australia to also launch usegalaxy.org.au at the same time.

Wednesday (the 14th) will be dedicated to the ELIXIR Galaxy communtiy, to discuss and plan our roadmap in 2018 and 2019. Thursday and Friday (15th, 16th) will be a conference where Galaxy users talk about their research and use-cases. However, a few spots we will reserved for official talks from ELIXIR.

Register now as space is limited.

2018 Big Genomics Data Skills Training course

2018 Big Genomics Data Skills Training course

The Jackson Lab (JAX) is pleased to open the application period for the 2018 Big Genomics Data Skills Training course, funded by the NIH BD2K initiative: Big Genomic Skills Training info and online application. The program provides training and hands-on experience working with genomic scale data and will enable participants to integrate genomic data analysis into their courses or launch new courses. Topics covered include RNAseq, Whole Exome Sequencing and variant detection, ChIPseq and network analysis. Participants will gain experience using Galaxy, R and Python.

As a grant funded activity housing is included; however you will need to cover your own travel. If you teach at an HBCU or Minority-serving institution (by Dept. of Education criteria) JAX may be able to provide a modest travel award.

The course is for faculty who primarily teach undergraduate students and will be held at JAX Genomic Medicine in Farmington CT, May 21-25.

All Upcoming events

Date Topic/Event Venue/Location Contact
January 8th 2018 European Galaxy Administrator Workshop Oslo, Norway Training offered by GTN MemberInstructors
January 12th 2018 Introduction to Galaxy Workshop Cal State University San Marcos, United States Training offered by GTN MemberArun Sethuraman, Dave Clements
January 13th 2018 Plant & Animal Genome XXVI (PAG 2018) San Diego, California Training offered by GTN MemberSee web page
January 18th 2018 Packaging your bioinformatics tool with Bioconda and Galaxy Melbourne Bioinformatics, Carlton, Victoria, Australia Training offered by GTN MemberSaskia Hiltemann, Helena Rasche
January 22nd 2018 Developing bioinformatics training materials Melbourne Bioinformatics, Carlton, Victoria, Australia Training offered by GTN MemberSaskia Hiltemann, Helena Rasche
February 1st 2018 Galaxy-P: an accessible resource for multi-omics analysis Lorne Proteomics Symposium, Lorne, Victoria, Australia Maria Doyle
February 12th 2018 Supporting Highly Scalable Scientific Data Analysis with Galaxy Converged IT & the Cloud, San Francisco, California, United States James Taylor
February 21st 2018 RNA Sequencing and Differential Expression University of Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom Training offered by GTN MemberSophie Shaw
February 26th 2018 5th Galaxy high-throughput sequencing (HTS) data analysis workshop University of Freiburg, Freiburg Germany Training offered by GTN MemberFreiburg Galaxy Team
March 7th 2018 Introduction to RNA-Seq data analysis with Galaxy Am Botanischen Garten, Kiel, Germany Training offered by GTN MemberAndrea Bagnacani, Markus Wolfien
March 14th 2018 Galaxy community kickoff meeting and Galaxy User Conference Freiburg, Germany ELIXIR Galaxy Working Group
March 20th 2018 RNA-Seq Differential Gene Expression Analysis using Galaxy and the GVL Melbourne Bioinformatics, Carlton, Victoria, Australia Training offered by GTN MemberChristina Hall
March 20th 2018 Introduction to Galaxy and the GVL Melbourne Bioinformatics, Carlton, Victoria, Australia Training offered by GTN MemberChristina Hall
March 21st 2018 Alignment, Visualisation and Variant Calling University of Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom Training offered by GTN MemberSophie Shaw
March 21st 2018 Variant Calling with Galaxy & the GVL for beginners Melbourne Bioinformatics, Carlton, Victoria, Australia Training offered by GTN MemberChristina Hall
May 21st 2018 Big Genomics Data Skills Training course JAX Genomic Medicine, Farmington, Connecticut, United States Charlie Wray
June 25th 2018 GCC2018 & BOSC 2018 Reed College, Portland, Oregon, United States Training offered by GTN MemberOrganizers

See the Galaxy Events Google Calendar for details on other events of interest to the community.

New Galactic Blog Entries: Galaksio

[Galactic Blog](/blog/)

[Galaksio in the Galactic Blog](/blog/)

We've got two new Galactic Blog entries, both related to Galaksio:

The Galactic Blog is a place for longer-form posts that are relevant to Galaxy. (See Galaxy News for shorter-form items.)


155 new publications referencing, using, extending, and implementing Galaxy were added to the Galaxy Publication Library in December (and over 1500 publications were added in 2017).

Highlighted Publications

The Galactic and Stellar publications added in December were:

Publication Topics

# Tag # Tag # Tag # Tag
96 +Methods 32 +UsePublic 18 +Workbench 14 +UseLocal
13 +UseMain 11 +RefPublic 7 +Tools 6 +Reproducibility
5 +Unknown 4 +Cloud 3 +Other 2 +Visualization
2 +Shared 2 +IsGalaxy 2 +HowTo

Who's Hiring

Please Help! Yes you!

The Galaxy is expanding! Please help it grow.

Have 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.

Public Galaxy Server News

There are over 90 publicly accessible Galaxy servers and six semi-public Galaxy services. Here's what happened with them last month.

EuPathDB Galaxy Data Analysis Service

EuPathDB Galaxy Data Analysis Service

The EuPathDB Galaxy Data Analysis Service is a free Galaxy server for large-scale data analysis focused on eukaryotic pathogens.

User support is available via a web form. The service is supported by EuPathDB, University of Georgia, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Liverpool.

Langille Lab PICRUSt server

Langille Lab PICRUSt server

The Langille Lab PICRUSt server hosts PICRUSt, a bioinformatics software package designed to predict metagenome functional content from marker gene (e.g., 16S rRNA) surveys and full genomes. PICRUSt Documentation and the PICRUSt users list are available.

Anonymous access and account creation are both supported. This server is supported by the Langille Lab at Dalhousie University.


Public Servers in Publications

We tag papers that use, mention, implement or extend public Galaxy Servers. Here are the counts for December's publications.

# Tag # Tag # Tag # Tag
17 >Huttenhower 8 >Galaxy-P 4 >RepeatExplorer 4 >Workflow4Metabolomics
3 >Cistrome 1 >Orione 1 >Pasteur 1 >EuPathDB
1 >APOSTL 1 [>OSDD MPDS](https://www.zotero.org/groups/1732893/galaxy/tags/>OSDD MPDS) 1 >RiboGalaxy 1 >RNA-Rocket
1 >Nebula 1 >PIA 1 >CBIB 1 >Langille

Commercial Support: Intero Life Sciences and Galaxy Enterprise

Galaxy Enterprise from Intero Life Sciences

We are pleased to announce a new option for commercial Galaxy support. Intero Life Sciences offers Galaxy Enterprise, a set of support services for Galaxy, including:

  • Subscription/Contract Based Enterprise-Level Support
  • Turn-key Customized Workflows
  • Professional Services & Consulting
  • Production Environment Optimization
  • Data Integration Outsourcing Services
  • Enterprise Cloud Environment with SLA

    • Fully managed and hosted on cloud Galaxy Enterprise with various levels of SLAs.
    • Dedicated servers with dedicated secure access (VPN) including data storage and management.
  • Galaxy Enterprise Certification Training


ToolShed Contributions

[Galaxy ToolShed](http://toolshed.g2.bx.psu.edu/)

Tool Shed contributions in December.


ephemeris 0.8.0

Ephemeris is a small Python library and set of scripts for managing the bootstrapping of Galaxy plugins - tools, index data, and workflows.

blend4php 0.1 beta


The beta version of the blend4php package, a PHP wrapper for the Galaxy API, was released in December. It provides a PHP package for interacting with Galaxy and CloudMan. blend4php currently offers a partial implementation of the Galaxy API and includes support for datasets, data types, folder contents, folders, genomes, group roles, groups, group users, histories, history contents, jobs, libraries, library contents, requests, roles, search, tools, toolshed repositories, users, visualizations and workflows.

The motivation for development of this library is for integration with Tripal, an open-source toolkit for creation of online genomic, genetic and biological databases.

Please see the API documentation page for full information.

Earlier Releases

17.09 Galaxy Release


The Galaxy Committers published the 17.09 release of Galaxy at the end of October.

Highlights include

  • Singularity Tool execution using the HPC-friendly container technology Singularity is now supported.
  • Download entire collection Downloading whole collections is now possible from the history interface. (Thanks to @mvdbeek.)
  • Switch tool versions in workflows You can now select exactly what version of tool you want to use when building workflows. (Thanks to @mvdbeek.)
  • Security patches
  • Several features were deprecated

See the 17.09 release announcement for details.

Galaxy Docker Image 17.09

The Galaxy Docker project has seen a matching release, for Galaxy 17.05. Major features include

  • much improved documentation about using Galaxy Docker and an external cluster (@rhpvorderman)
  • CVMFS support - mounting in 4TB of pre-build reference data (@chambm)
  • Singularity support and tests (compose only)
  • more work on K8s support and testing (@jmchilton)
  • using .env files to configure the compose setup for SLURM, Condor, K8s, SLURM-Singularity, Condor-Docker


galaxy-lib 17.9.10

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.

This revision:

  • Added docs for using mulled-build with your own quay.io account (thanks to @jerowe).
  • Catch errors in Conda search if nothing is found (preventing planemo-monitor from functioning properly) (thanks to @bgruening).
  • Make multi-requirement container building via mulled more stable (thanks to @bgruening).

Planemo 0.47.0


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.

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

sequence_utils 1.1.2

Galaxy's sequence utilities are a set of Python modules for reading, analyzing, and converting sequence formats. See the release notes for what's new this month.

StarForge 0.3.1-5

StarForge help build Galaxy things in virtualization:

  • 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. StarForge has had several updates this fall. Fixes and new features include:

  • Support xz/lzma tarballs for wheel builds Pull Request 166
  • Native support for auditwheel and delocate. (#160)
  • Do not build sdists with the wheel subcommand by default. (#155)
  • Fix a bug where the wrong working directory was set when building wheels with multiple sources. (#154)
  • Fix a bug with sudo and brew install on macOS. (#151).
  • Short circuit platform caching on OS X (#150).

BioBlend 0.10.0

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 0.10.0.

Pulsar 0.8.0


A Pulsar update was released in September. 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 adds several features and 4 bug fixes.

And the rest ...

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

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