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August 2021 Galactic News

GCC2021 is over and we're heading to GCC2022 in Minneapolis!

Galaxy News

Hello all,

The August newsletter brings news of GCC2021 (just finished) and GCC2022 (in Minneapolis); the launch of the Galaxy India community, and open positions in 7 countries; event news; Galaxy platform news; training and doc updates; recent open-access Galaxy-related publications; and other news too.

Dave Clements and Beatriz Serrano-Solano, Editors

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Featured news

GCC2021 is coming

GCC2021 was our second virtual Galaxy Community Conference. This year we had 399 participants from 55 countries attend events spread over 10 days. See Beatriz Serrano-Solano's great summary of GCC2021 and the slides from the conference's closing session for more.

all the talk, poster and BoF titles at GCC2021

The complete set of training materials, including many new videos, and a whole new Galaxy Development track, are now available for free and online:

Many, many thanks to the instructors and helpers who contributed their time and effort to make GCC2021 Training a success. And a huge thanks to Helena Rasche and Saskia Hiltemann for managing GCC2021 Training Week.

Videos of all talks are now linked to from the conference talk pages. Videos are also available on a YouTube playlist. Most talks also have their slides uploaded, and PDFs for poster/demo presentations have also been uploaded (when they exist).

GCC2021

The PeerJ Best Poster/Demonstration Award was awarded to:

Maren's presentation took full advantage of the Remo conference platform, which means that the presentation was not a single PDF, but was rather interactive. Maren's work will be highlighted in the PeerJ Blog, and this work is eligible for free publication in any PeerJ journal.

PeerJ

GCC2022

GCC2022: July 16-23, Minneapolis

We are pleased to announce that the 2022 Galaxy Community Conference (GCC2022) will take place in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, from July 16 through July 23. GCC2022 is hosted by the Minnesota Supercomputer Institute and the Galaxy-P Project at the University of Minnesota. It will be live and in person with talks broadcast around the world. GCC2022 starts two days after ISMB 2022 ends in Madison, Wisconsin, a 5 hour drive away. See the meeting announcement for full details.

Community News

Galaxy India

We are very pleased to announce that the Galaxy India community has started! Galaxy India had a soft launch during GCC2021. We are planning a full community launch with two days of pre-conference workshops at InBix 2021.

The Galaxy India community is about enabling data intensive research and instruction in India using the Galaxy platform. As a group, we sponsor:

  • Training and workshops, both standalone and at larger meetings
  • Webinars and community calls
  • In person gatherings, once these become prudent
  • Communications channels, including chat and a mailing list
  • An India-focused server hosted by the European Galaxy Team

If you are working in data intensive science in India then please consider getting involved with Galaxy India:

Galaxy is Expanding

Ten new positions were added to the Galaxy Career Center in the last month. Many of them close soon:

  • Australia, closes 11 August
  • Norway, closes 15 August
  • France x 3, 1 closes 22 August, 2 close 1 September
  • the Netherlands, 22 August
  • Germany, closes 31 August

There are also "open until filled" positions in the US (x7) and Belgium. Take a look.

New videos

In addition to the GCC2021 talks (54 of them, see above) and the GCC2021 Training Week Videos (almost 200 of them, see above) several other videos have also been published recently. Here's a sample.

Event News

There is not a lot going on in August, but what is happening is compelling. See all upcoming events here:

sars-cov-2-data-analysis-monitoring-training

9-12 August

The goal of this workshop is to build capacity in SARS-CoV-2 data analysis and data management, including data submission to ENA. After the workshop, all participants will be able to upload viral sequencing data, call all variants, create a variety of reports and create consensus alignments.

It will be a 4-day event introducing scalable and reproducible SARS-CoV-2 data analysis with Galaxy. The sessions will be pre-recorded and provided in advance. During the workshop, there will be live support in chat and live Q\&A sessions, in which experts will answer questions.

BioHackathon 2021

Galaxy is featured in at least 7 projects at BioHackathon Europe 2021, being held in Barcelona and online, 8-12 November. Registration is available on a first come, first serve basis. Registration is free, but space is limited. Register now.

Galaxy Developer Roundtable

August's Galaxy Developer Round Table meetup is:

August 19: TBD

As you can see, we still need volunteers (like you!) to lead the discussion on your favorite topic.

Galaxy Platforms News

The Galaxy Platform Directory lists resources for easily running your analysis on Galaxy, including publicly available servers, cloud services, and containers and VMs that run Galaxy. Here's the recent platform news we know about:

Galaxy India*

Welcome to the India Galaxy workbench; a comprehensive set of tools and workflows dedicated to accelerate your bioinformatics analyses focusing on Bharat. Thanks to Galaxy Europe we are hosting the seeds of Indian Galaxy to facilitate more wider user base.

CropGalaxy.*

The EIB Demo server is now the CropGalaxy server, hosting tools from RiceGalaxy, GOBii, HTPG, and EIB.

Doc, Hub, and Training Updates

We are now supporting alternative formats for accessing our JavaScript based slides, as this could be difficult when using screen readers. We’ve now added support for "plain text slides", where we render the slide decks as a single long document. And there are many more improvements too.

COVID

By Wolfgang Maier.

This tutorial guides you through a typical workflow for clearing human sequences from any kind (ampliconic or not) of viral sequenced sample, which retains non-human reads in a format ready to be submitted to public databases.

DIA analysis summary

Data Independent Acquisition Analysis (DIA)

By Matthias Fahrner and Melanie Föll

Three new tutorials from the Fahrner & Föll team teach you how to do Data Independent Acquisition analysis within Galaxy:

Variant Frequency

By Wolfgang Maier and Bérénice Batut.

This tutorial got a major update, including many improvements based on feedback from GCC2021 training.

Overlapping features workflow

The venerable Galaxy 101 tutorial is still venerable, but it is now also state of the art, thanks to an update from Anton Nekrutenko.

We have created a page which aggregates all GTN feedback, displays them globally, and also by topic and tutorial, including the free text. Take a look and see what the community is saying.

Summary feedback

Publications

Pub curation activities are on a semi-hiatus right now but a few publications referencing, using, extending, and implementing Galaxy were added to the Galaxy Publication Library anyway. Here are the new open access Galactic and Stellar pubs:

Bogaerts, B., Delcourt, T., Soetaert, K., Boarbi, S., Ceyssens, P.-J., Winand, R., Van Braekel, J., De Keersmaecker, S. C. J., Roosens, N. H. C., Marchal, K., Mathys, V., & Vanneste, K. (2021). Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 59(6), e00202-21. https://doi.org/10.1128/JCM.00202-21

Spjuth, O., Capuccini, M., Carone, M., Larsson, A., Schaal, W., Novella, J. A., Stein, O., Ekmefjord, M., Tommaso, P. D., Floden, E., Notredame, C., Moreno, P., Hellander, A., Khoonsari, P. E., Herman, S., Kultima, K., & Lampa, S. (2021). F1000Research, 10, 513. https://doi.org/10.12688/f1000research.53698.1

Other News

ELIXIR funded seven new life science data projects, including Strengthen Data Management in Galaxy. This project will enhance Galaxy's data management features to provide additional provenance information and improve the integration of Galaxy in the existing data management ecosystem.

The European Galaxy Project turns out to be the glue between many scientific projects.

From Nate Coraor: a Docker Compose-based solution for easing the development and testing of Pulsar with Galaxy.