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February 2015 Galaxy Update

Galaxy Updates

Welcome to the February Galaxy Update, a summary of what is going on in the Galaxy community. Galaxy Updates complement the Galaxy Development News Briefs which accompany new Galaxy releases and focus on Galaxy code updates.

New Papers

xx papers referencing, using, extending, and implementing Galaxy were added to the Galaxy CiteULike Group in January. Some highlights:

And here's how the new papers are categorized:











































GCC2015: 6-8 July, Norwich UK

Sponsor GCC2015

The 2015 Galaxy Community Conference (GCC2015) is the Galaxy community's annual gathering of users, developers, and administrators. Previous GCC's have drawn over 200 participants, and we expect that to happen again in 2015. GCC2015 is being hosted by The Sainsbury Lab in Norwich, UK, immediately before BOSC and ISMB/ECCB in Dublin.

Early registration (save heaps) and abstract submission will open later in February. If you work in data-intensive life science research, then it is hard find a meeting more relevant than GCC2015. We look forward to seeing you there.

Training Day Topic Voting Closes TODAY

Vote now!

   Vote now!   

Voting on what topics should be offered at the GCC2015 Training Day closes today, 30 January.

Topics for the GCC2015 Training Day are selected by you, the Galaxy Community. There are nominated topics spanning from basic usage to advanced deployment. No matter what you do with Galaxy, there are topics for you to choose from. Your vote will determine the topics that are offered, which topics should be offered more than once, and which ones should not be scheduled at the same time. Your vote matters.

The Training Day schedule, including instructors, will be published before early registration opens in February.

About the GCC2015 Training Day:

The 2015 Galaxy Community Conference (GCC2015) will start on 6 July with a Training Day featuring parallel tracks, each with several multi-hour workshops. There will be at least one complete track about using Galaxy for biological research, and at least one full track on deploying and managing Galaxy instances.

GenomeWeb Sponsors GCC2015

We are happy to announce that GenomeWeb is a Silver Sponsor for GCC2015.

  • GenomeWeb is an independent online news organization based in New York. Since 1997, GenomeWeb has served the global community of scientists, technology professionals, and executives who use and develop the latest advanced tools in molecular biology research and molecular diagnostics. Our editorial mission is to cover the scientific and economic ecosystem spurred by the advent of high-throughput genome sequencing. We operate the largest online newsroom focused on advanced molecular research tools in order to provide our readers with exclusive news and in-depth analysis of this rapidly evolving market.

Call for Sponsors

The 2015 Galaxy Community Conference (GCC2015) is now accepting Sponsorships. Your organisation can play a prominent part in the Galaxy community by sponsoring GCC2015. Sponsorship is an excellent way to raise your organization’s visibility.

Several sponsorship levels are available, including two levels of premier sponsorships that include presentations. Premium sponsorships are limited, however, so you are encouraged to act soon.

Please let the organisers (<gcc2015-org AT lists DOT galaxyproject DOT org>) know if you are interested in helping make this event a success.

19 February GalaxyAdmins Meetup

GalaxyAdmins meetup February 19

The first GalaxyAdmins meetup of 2015 will happen online on Thursday, 15 February. GalaxyAdmins is a special interest group for Galaxy community members who are responsible for Galaxy installations.

A summary of both the user and admin/developer 2014 Galaxy Community Questionnaires will be presented by Dave Clements, a Galaxy Project Update will be offered by a Galaxy Team member, and Hans-Rudolf Hotz will lead a short discussion on GalaxyAdmins direction.

Thanks to everyone for letting us know what dates and times worked best for you. This time and day of the week worked for a remarkable 91% of respondents.

Other Events

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





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.

New Public Servers

Several new public Galaxy servers were added in January.


  • Link:

  • Domain/Purpose:

    • RiboGalaxy provides on-line tools for the analysis and visualization of ribo-seq data obtained with the ribosome profiling technique.

  • Comments:

    • RiboGalaxy is a freely available web server for processing and analysing ribosome profiling (ribo-seq) data with the visualization functionality provided by GWIPS-viz. RiboGalaxy provides a compact suite of tools specifically tailored for the alignment and visualization of ribo-seq and corresponding mRNA-seq data. Users can take advantage of the published workflows on RiboGalaxy which reduce the multi-step alignment process to a minimum of inputs.

  • User Support:

  • Quotas:

    • Anonymous users can use RiboGalaxy. However, the upload and processing of datasets larger than 2GB and the use of advanced features such as published workflows, will require the user to be registered on RiboGalaxy.

  • Sponsor(s):

CardioVascular Research Grid (CVRG)

CardioVascular Research Grid (CVRG)

Center for Phage Technology (CPT)

Center for Phage Technology (CPT)

Galaxy Community Hubs

New Galaxy Training Resources

Several new Training Resources were added in January:

New Releases

BioBlend v0.5.2 was released in October. BioBlend is a python library for interacting with CloudMan and the Galaxy API. In January the BioBlend source was moved to the galaxyproject Github account.

New versions of Galaxy, CloudMan, and blend4j were all released in August.

Galaxy ToolShed

ToolShed Contributions

Galaxy Project ToolShed Repos

Here are new contributions for the past month.

In no particular order:


Tool Suites

Packages / Tool Dependency Definitions

Select Updates

Other News