April 2018 Galaxy News

Galaxy News

Welcome to the April 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.

UseGalaxy.eu and UseGalaxy.org.au Launched

UseGalaxy.org is absolutely delighted to announce the birth of two sibling servers - UseGalaxy.eu and UseGalaxy.org.au. The three UseGalaxy servers will mirror a set of core tools and reference genomes and are aimed at better distributing access to Galaxy around the world.


UseGalaxy.eu is a publicly accessible server that aims to support the analysis and sharing needs of the European research community. It was launched in March 2018 at European Galaxy User Meeting in Freiburg. It is hosted at the University of Freiburg. See:

UseGalaxy.org.au aims to support the Australian research community. It is built on the Genomics Virtual Laboratory infrastructure, and was also launched in March 2018. This server was formerly the University of Queensland Galaxy Server. See:

And see the new UseGalaxy page for future plans.



GCCBOSC 2018 will be held 25-30 June in Portland, Oregon, United States. This brings the 2018 Galaxy Community Conference and the Bioinformatics Open Source Conference together into a unified week-long event. If you work in open source life science or data-intensive biomedical research, then there is no better place than GCCBOSC 2018 to present your work and to learn from others.

GCCBOSC starts with two days of training with a wide range of topics nominated and selected by our communities. Training is followed by a two day meeting, with joint and parallel tracks, featuring oral presentations, posters, demos, lightning talks, birds-of-a-feather and invited keynotes. The week finishes with CollaborationFest Core and Encore, two or four days of collaborative work on code, documentation, training and challenging data analysis problems.

Keynote speakers

We are pleased to announce our third keynote speaker:

Lucia Peixoto

GCC2018 Keynote: Lucia Peixoto

Dr. Peixoto is an Assistant Professor at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University. Her research focuses on using genomic and computational biology approaches to study brain function. She also advises the WSU Spokane Genomics Core, and has published work on how analysis of complex datasets affects power and reproducibly in RNA-seq and Epigenomic-seq.

Submit GCC lightning talks, posters and demos by April 16

The deadline for submitting lightning talks for GCC2018 is April 16, less than a week away. You are strongly encouraged to submit a talk (or two) by the deadline. Depending on response we may also open up for late-breaking lightning talks in May.

On-time poster and demo submissions are also closing April 16. To assure a place for your poster and/or demo, please submit these by that deadline as well. Depending on space, we will (likely) also open a call for late-breaking posters and demos in May.

Submit an abstract

Early registration ends May 11

So c'mon, register already:

Childcare at GCCBOSC

Childcare at GCCBOSC

Subsidized childcare for children 6 weeks to 12 years old is available at Portland State University for $7-10 / hour. If you want, you can also bring your infant with you to the conference. A nursing room will be available on any day it is requested.

Interested? Please register your interest in a nursing room, and/or sign up for childcare now. Space in childcare is very limited.

GCCBOSC 2018 Sponsors

We are happy to have several confirmed GCCBOSC 2018 sponsors. This month we are highlighting Google Cloud, a GCCBOSC 2018 Platinum Sponsor:

Google Cloud

Google Cloud for Healthcare and Life Sciences

Google Cloud is working closely with the healthcare and life science industry to provide the technology and tools that power the innovations and discoveries that improve our healthcare system. By providing advanced, healthcare-specific technology solutions, we hope to accelerate our customers ability to change the way healthcare discoveries are made. Through data management at scale, advancements in machine learning, APIs, and on-demand infrastructure, we offer solutions that enable provider, research, and life science customers to tackle the rapidly evolving and long standing challenges facing the healthcare industry.

[Download the one page summary.](https://depot.galaxyproject.org/hub/attachments/documents/gccbosc2018_sponsorship_summary_20170906.pdf) [Download the full prospectus.](https://depot.galaxyproject.org/hub/attachments/documents/gccbosc2018_sponsorship_prospectus_20170906.pdf)

Call for sponsors!

Sponsors are a key part of GCCBOSC 2018. Is your organization interested in playing a prominent role in the first joint gathering of the Galaxy and BOSC communities? Then become a GCCBOSC 2018 sponsor and raise your organization's visibility in these active and engaged communities.

2018 Big Genomics Data Skills Training course

2018 Big Genomics Data Skills Training course

There are still a few spaces left in Jackson Lab (JAX)'s 2018 Big Genomics Data Skills Training course, funded by the NIH BD2K initiative: Big Genomic Skills Training info and online application. The workshop will enable participants to integrate genomic data analysis into their courses or launch new courses. Participants will gain experience using Galaxy, R and Python.

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.

Gateways 2018 Call for Participation (1st deadline: May 7)

Gateways 2018

Gateways 2018 (September 25–27, at the University of Texas at Austin) is now accepting submissions of papers, demos, tutorials, and panels on the topic of science or engineering gateways. Gateways are user-friendly interfaces (including Galaxy) to scientific computing, data, and other domain-specific resources to support research and education.

Topics may include their 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 May 7, 2018, and a poster session deadline (open to all) will be August 1. Read more details in the Call for Participation

Upcoming events

These and other Galaxy related events coming up in the next few months:

Date Topic/Event Venue/Location Contact
April 12th 2018 Introduction to Genomic Medicine Using Galaxy Platform Tanta University, Egypt Training offered by GTN MemberAbdelazeem Abdelhameed Elhabyan
April 18th 2018 Workflow Meetup 理化学研究所、東京連絡事務所, Tokyo, Japan Manabu Ishii
April 18th 2018 Statistical workflows in PhenoMeNal Online Etienne Thévenot
April 22nd 2018 The Galaxy Platform as an Accessible, Core Laboratory Solution for Proteogenomic Analysis and Informatics ABRF 2018, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States Training offered by GTN MemberPratik Jagtap
April 23rd 2018 Galaxy Initiation Station Biologique Roscoff, France Training offered by GTN MemberLoraine Guéguen, Gildas Le Corguillé, Annie Le Breton
April 23rd 2018 4th de.NBI Genomics training course Justus-Liebig-Universität, Gießen, Freiburg Germany denbi_genomics @ computational.bio
April 24th 2018 Analyse RNAseq sous Galaxy Station Biologique Roscoff, France Training offered by GTN MemberE. Corre, Gildas Le Corguillé, X. Liu
May 1st 2018 RNA-Seq analysis using Galaxy QFAB, St Lucia, Queensland, Australia Training offered by GTN Membertraining@qfab.org
May 14th 2018 Formation metabarcoding 2018 Station Biologique de Roscoff, France Training offered by GTN MemberIntervenants
May 14th 2018 Science Gateways Bootcamp TACC, Austin, Texas, United States help@sciencegateways.org
May 14th 2018 Initiation à Galaxy Cycle "Bioinformatique par la pratique" 2018, INRA, Jouy-en-Josas, France Training offered by GTN Memberformation.migale @ inra.fr
May 15th 2018 Analyse primaire de données issues de séquenceurs nouvelle génération sous Galaxy Cycle "Bioinformatique par la pratique" 2018, INRA, Jouy-en-Josas, France Training offered by GTN Memberformation.migale @ inra.fr
May 15th 2018 Variant detection using Galaxy QFAB, St Lucia, Queensland, Australia Training offered by GTN Membertraining@qfab.org
May 16th 2018 Traitement bioinformatique des données RNA-seq sous Galaxy Cycle "Bioinformatique par la pratique" 2018, INRA, Jouy-en-Josas, France Training offered by GTN Memberformation.migale @ inra.fr
May 21st 2018 Big Genomics Data Skills Training course JAX Genomic Medicine, Farmington, Connecticut, United States Charlie Wray
May 21st 2018 HiCOMB 2018: 17th IEEE International Workshop on High Performance Computational Biology Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada James Taylor
May 29th 2018 Genome assembly using Galaxy QFAB, St Lucia, Queensland, Australia Training offered by GTN Membertraining@qfab.org
May 29th 2018 Bioinformatique - Analyse avancée de séquences Bordeaux, France Intervenants
June 12th 2018 G-OnRamp Workshop Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, United States Training offered by GTN MemberJeremy Goecks, Sarah Elgin
June 18th 2018 Computational Genomics Rocky Mountain Genomics HackCon 2018, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, United States James Taylor
June 19th 2018 Traitement bioinformatique et analyse différentielle de données d'expression RNA-seq sous Galaxy Cycle "Bioinformatique par la pratique" 2018, INRA, Jouy-en-Josas, France Training offered by GTN Memberformation.migale @ inra.fr
June 25th 2018 GCCBOSC 2018 Reed College, Portland, Oregon, United States Training offered by GTN MemberOrganizers
July 16th 2018 G-OnRamp Workshop Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, United States Training offered by GTN MemberJeremy Goecks, Sarah Elgin
September 25th 2018 Gateways 2018 University of Texas, Austin, Texas, United States Katherine Lawrence


119 new publications referencing, using, extending, and implementing Galaxy were added to the Galaxy Publication Library in March.

Highlighted Publications

March was a banner month for Galactic and Stellar publications:

Publication Topics

# Tag # Tag # Tag # Tag
66 +Methods 27 +Workbench 22 +UsePublic 13 +UseMain
8 +RefPublic 8 +UseLocal 7 +Tools 7 +Reproducibility
5 +IsGalaxy 3 +HowTo 3 +Shared 3 +Cloud
2 +Unknown 1 +Other

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 100 publicly accessible Galaxy servers and six semi-public Galaxy services. In addition to the UseGalaxy launches, another public server was added to the directory, and one was updated:

Proteogenomics Gateway

Proteogenomics Gateway

The Galaxy-P Proteogenomics Gateway provides access to documentation and other instructional materials, and an opportunity for hands-on training using example datasets and optimized proteogenomics workflows. The main goal of this server is to provide documentation to facilitate training and mastery of these software and workflows.

Step-by-step training instructions and a wealth of other material are available. The server can be accessed anonymously or you can create an account. This Galaxy is also available on Jetstream. It is maintained by @galaxyproteomics.

See An Accessible Proteogenomics Informatics Resource for Cancer Researchers by Matt Chambers et al. for more.

PhenoMeNal release Cerebellin now live

We are pleased to announce the 2018.02 release “Cerebellin” of the PhenoMeNal infrastructure. The new release is the result of half a year of intense developments and represents a major upgrade to the 2017-08 production release Bucetin. The main features of this release are:

  • Improved usability following extensive User experience tests
  • The Infrastructure has improved stability and resilience, through optimised configuration and resource allocation
  • Microsoft Azure as new cloud target
  • New ISA-Tab datatype in Galaxy
  • The first interactive Galaxy tours have been added that help follow the steps in a workflow

For more information about the release, see Release notes 2018 02.

Public Servers in Publications

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

# Tag # Tag # Tag # Tag
9 >Huttenhower 2 >DeepTools 2 >Workflow4Metabolomics 2 >ErasmusMC
2 >GVL-Cloud 2 >Mississippi 1 >Cistrome 1 >EuPathDB
1 >ARGs-OAP 1 >ImmPort 1 >MPI-HLR 1 [>Genomic Hyperbrowser](https://www.zotero.org/groups/1732893/galaxy/tags/>Genomic Hyperbrowser)
1 >SCDE 1 >RepeatExplorer 1 >ARGalaxy 1 [>In Silico](https://www.zotero.org/groups/1732893/galaxy/tags/>In Silico)
1 >SouthGreen 1 [>LAPPS Grid](https://www.zotero.org/groups/1732893/galaxy/tags/>LAPPS Grid) 1 >VarCap 1 [>RNA Workbench](https://www.zotero.org/groups/1732893/galaxy/tags/>RNA Workbench)
1 >PhenoMeNal 1 >SSC 1 >SMAGEXP 1 >PreSTIGE
1 >Galaxy-P


ToolShed Contributions

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

Tool Shed contributions in March.


18.01 Galaxy Release


The 18.01 release of Galaxy is out. Thanks to the Galaxy Committers and you, our community!


Performance and User Experience Improvements We made Galaxy more lively and responsive. Homepage, published workflows, published/saved histories, and data libraries should all load much faster now. Importing data from FTP will also take less of your time.

Web Server and Configuration The default web server used by Galaxy has changed from Paste to uWSGI and the default configuration file for Galaxy is now config/galaxy.yml instead of config/galaxy.ini. To minimize the impact of this change on existing Galaxy instances, if a Galaxy has a galaxy.ini file configured, it will continue to use Paste by default unless additional steps are taken by the administrator

Dataset Collection Usability This release has significantly improved the usability of Galaxy dataset collections. Dozens of improvements to collections have been made, some of the key highlights include:

  • Data library folders can now be sent to histories as a dataset collection.
  • Failed dataset collection elements can now be fixed using job re-running
  • Collections now appear with state and progress bars in the history panel and contained datasets are hidden by default
  • We added intuitive workflow post job actions for dataset collections
  • The web interface now supports collections with arbitrary nesting and size
  • More robust nametag discovery and propagation when using collections

Client Architecture The architecture for the client code that powers the Galaxy user interface has been significantly overhauled. The code base has been converted to ES6, Yarn now powers the build and dependency management of the code, Prettier is now used to ensure consistent code formatting, and the VueJS framework has been integrated.

New BAM datatypes Previously Galaxy only supported coordinate sorted BAM files by default (the bam datatype). In addition, this release of Galaxy now supports three new types of BAM:

  • qname_sorted.bam, that ensures that the file is queryname sorted (e.g. SO:queryname);
  • qname_input_sorted.bam, that can be used to describe the output of aligners which generally keep mate pairs adjacent
  • unsorted.bam, that makes no assumptions about the sort order of the file.

Experimental Job Caching Galaxy can now be configured to allow users the option of skipping duplicated jobs if one with identical parameters has been previously executed and simply reuse the previously generated outputs.

See the full release notes for more.

Thanks for using Galaxy!

Galaxy Docker Image 18.01

The Galaxy Docker project has a matching release, for Galaxy 18.01. The release features the 18.01 enhancement and removes nodejs-legacy and npm from the Dockerfile and installs the latest version from ansible-extras.

blend4j 0.2.0

blend4j is a partial reimplemenation of the Python library bioblend for the JVM. bioblend for Python is a library for scripting interactions with Galaxy.

  • Update to galaxy-bootstrap 0.7.0.
  • Added support for accessing Galaxy Tool Data tables. Thanks to Dan Fornika.
  • blend4j now requires Java 1.8+ to run.

galaxy-lib 18.5.3 - 18.5.7

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.

Earlier Releases

Other packages released in the prior 4 months.

Planemo 0.48.0


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.

Pulsar 0.8.1-3


Pulsar updates were 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.

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.

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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