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September 2016 Galaxy News

Galaxy News

Welcome to the September 2016 Galactic News, a summary of what is going on in the Galaxy community.

If you have anything to include in the next News, please send it to Galaxy Outreach <outreach AT galaxyproject DOT org>.


Galaxy Admin Training, November 7-11, Salt Lake City, Utah

Galaxy Project Admin Training
November 7-11, 2016
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
United States

Early registration ends Sept 19

Early registration for Galaxy Admin Training 2016 ends September 19.

Galaxy Admin Training 2016 is a weeklong event offering basic and advanced sessions. It is being held in Salt Lake City, Utah, November 7-11, 2016, the week before Supercomputing 16 (SC16) meets in Salt Lake.

Basics Session: November 7-8

This two day basics session will introduce participants to what you need to know to get a Galaxy server up and running on a standalone server. You'll also learn how to extend your Galaxy with your own tools and tools from the community, and how to define reference data in your server as well.

Advanced Session: November 9-11

The three day advanced session will build on topics covered in the basics section. This session both extends those topics, such as tool definition, and adds new ones, such as working with compute clusters and heterogeneous resources. The goal of the advanced workshop is to enable Galaxy administrators to create robust, high-performance Galaxy instances that take full advantage of available tools and compute and storage resources.

Register by September 19 and save up to $130 off standard registration rates (and up to $250 if you work in industry).

University of Utah Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC)   University of Utah
University of Utah Department of Biomedical Informatics University of Utah Clinical & Translational Science Biomedical Informatics Core (CCTS BMIC)
USTAR Center for Genetic Discovery (UCGD)

Galaxy Admin Training 2016 is hosted by the University of Utah Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC), the USTAR Center for Genetic Discovery (UCGD), the Department of Biomedical Informatics and the Clinical & Translational Science Biomedical Informatics Core (CCTS BMIC) at the University of Utah.

We hope to see you in Salt Lake!

2016 Swiss German Galaxy Tour

Swiss-German Galaxy Days

The 2016 editions of Swiss-German Galaxy Days will be held 20-21 October in Freiburg (Germany).

Registration is free, but space is limited on both days. We recommend you register soon to secure your spot for one or both days of the SG2016Tour: Register Now

Other upcoming events

There are a plentitude of Galaxy related events coming up. Here's what's coming up over the next few months:

Metabolomics Sardinian Scientific School: How to bridge metabolomics and genomics NGS Course: RNA-seq data analysis GalaxyによるNGSデータ解析 (Galaxy NGS Data Analysis BoF)       Galaxy Project Admin Training





September 12-16

The Workflow4Metabolomics (W4M) online infrastructure for omics analysis with Galaxy

Metabolomics Sardinian Scientific School: How to bridge metabolomics and genomics, Pula, Italy

E Thévenot

September 12-16

Summer School 2016 in Metagenomics

Institut Pasteur, Paris, France


September 19-20

Exome analysis using Galaxy

Milano, Italy

Training offered by GTN Member
Paolo Uva, Gianmauro Cuccuru

September 19-22

Streamlined analysis of duplex sequencing data with Du Novo

Genome Informatics 2016, Hinxton, United Kingdom

Nick Stoler

September 19-23

High Throughput Sequencing (HTS) Data Analyses for Scientists

This workshop is full

Freiburg, Germany

Training offered by GTN Member
Contact <galaxy@informatik.uni-freiburg.de>

September 26-28

NGS Course: RNA-seq data analysis

Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands

Training offered by GTN Member
Peter-Bram ‘t Hoen, Jan Oosting, Celia van Gelder

September 29 - October 1

GalaxyによるNGSデータ解析 (Galaxy NGS Data Analysis BoF)

第5回生命医薬情報学連合大会 (IIBMP 2016), Tokyo, Japan

Ryota Yamanaka, Tazra Ohta

October 10

Omics Data Services Platform: Supporting bacterial pathogen multi omics analysis

International Workshop on Science Gateways, Melbourne, Australia

Andrew Lonie

Microbial Genomics Virtual Laboratory: Supporting bacterial pathogen multi omics analysis

Simon Gladman

October 10-13

Metagenomic: amplicon analysis

INRA Auzeville, Auzeville, France

Training offered by GTN Member
Sarah Maman

October 18-20


Lyon, France

Training offered by GTN Member

October 20

(third Swiss) Galaxy Workshop

2016 Swiss-German Galaxy Tour in Freiburg, Germany

Hans-Rudolf Hotz and Bjoern Gruening

October 21

(second German) Galaxy Developers Day

2016 Swiss-German Galaxy Tour in Freiburg, Germany

Hans-Rudolf Hotz and Bjoern Gruening

November 7-8

Galaxy Admin Training: Introduction

North America
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Training offered by GTN Member
Galaxy Team

November 7-9

NGS & Cancer : Analyses ChIP-Seq

Paris, France

Cancéropôle Île-de-France <communication@canceropole-idf.fr>

November 8-20

Advanced Sequencing Technologies & Applications

Application deadline is July 15

North America
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York, United States

Training offered by GTN Member
Jeremy Goecks

November 9-11

Galaxy Admin Training: Advanced

North America
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Training offered by GTN Member
Galaxy Team

November 15-16

Analyse de données RNA-seq sous l’environnement Galaxy

PRABI, Lyon, France


November 20-25

Ecole Bioinformatique AVIESAN

Station Biologique, Roscoff, France

Training offered by GTN Member
Email <ecole-bioinfo@aviesan.fr>

November 21-23

Annotation of transposable elements

URGI, INRA Versailles, France


November 28 - December 2

Traitement des donnéesmétabolomiques sous Galaxy

Les pré-inscriptions sont ouvertes jusqu'au 15 juillet 2016

Station Biologique, Roscoff, France

Training offered by GTN Member
Contact <contact@workflow4metabolomics.org>


February 3-9

Galaxy Australasia Meeting (GAMe 2017)

University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Training offered by GTN Member

June 26-30

2017 Galaxy Community Conference (GCC2017)

Montpellier, France

Training offered by GTN Member
Organisers <gcc2017_organization@groupes.france-bioinformatique.fr>

Designates a training event offered by GTN Member

Designates a training event offered by GTN member(s)

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

F1000Research Galaxy Channel

GCC2016 Talks, Posters and Training Slides are on the F1000Research Galaxy Channel

Slides for keynote, accepted and lightning talks, and training sessions at GCC2016 are now available on the F1000Research Galaxy Channel. Slides and posters have all bee assigned DOIs.

If you present at Galaxy at an event, please consider submitting your presentation to the Galaxy channel.

New Papers

75 new publications referencing, using, extending, and implementing Galaxy were added to the Galaxy CiteULike Group in August.

Some highlights from last month:

Tagged Publications

The new papers were tagged with:












































Who's Hiring

Please Help! Yes you!

The Galaxy is expanding! Please help it grow.

Got 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 80 publicly accessible Galaxy servers and four semi-public Galaxy services. Here's what happened with them in August.

New Public Galaxy Servers

ImmPort Galaxy

ImmPort Galaxy


Galaxy Palfinder Service

Galaxy Community Hubs

Galaxy Training Network

Galaxy Community Log Board

Galaxy Deployment Catalog

Share your training resources and experience now

Share your experience now

Describe your instance now

No new entries were added in August, but a new virtual appliance was added to the VA directory:

  • RNAcommender

    • A tool for genome-wide recommendation of RNA-protein interactions.


Galaxy v16.07


The Galaxy Committers team is pleased to announce the July 2016 (v16.07) release of Galaxy.


Shift of Galaxy tool dependencies to Conda

Galaxy admins obtained the ability to install Galaxy tool’s dependencies using the Conda package manager. This is a Beta feature and we encourage interested deployers to opt-in by modifying configuration. Documentation that explains this switch and answers FAQ is available.

Dynamic tool destinations

Our friends from Canada National Microbiology Laboratory enhanced Galaxy with feature that allows dynamic mapping of tools to destinations based on finer grained admin-specified rules. Please see the wiki. Implemented in PR #2579.

Galaxy chat

Admins can now plug in the included communication server to enable users of their instance to use real-time chat within the Galaxy interface. Please see the documentation to learn how to activate and use this feature. Implemented in PR #2515.


New Galaxy repository

$ git clone -b release_16.07 https://github.com/galaxyproject/galaxy.git

Update of existing Galaxy repository

$ git checkout release_16.07 && git pull --ff-only origin release_16.07

See our wiki for additional details regarding the source code locations.

See the full release notes for more.

Galaxy Docker Image 16.07

And, thanks to Björn Grüning, there is also now a Docker image for Galaxy 16.07 as well.

CloudBridge 0.1.1

CloudBridge provides a simple layer of abstraction over different cloud providers, reducing or eliminating the need to write conditional code for each cloud. The latest release adds support for advanced networking management and OpenStack Keystone v3 support (required to use NSF Jetstream cloud).


Planemo 0.28.0 - 0.29.1

Planemo is a set of command-line utilities to assist in building tools for the Galaxy project. Planemo saw several releases in August. See GitHub for details.


Pulsar 0.7.1 - 0.7.2

Pulsar updates were released in August. 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.

BioBlend 0.8.0

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 0.8.0.

galaxy-lib 16.7.10 - 16.10.0

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.

The August releases align the library with recent changes to Galaxy.

Earlier Releases

blend4php 0.1 alpha


The alpha release of the blend4php package, a PHP wrapper for the Galaxy API was announced in June. It follows the lead of BioBlend which provides a Python package for interacting with Galaxy and CloudMan--hence the use of 'blend' in the name of this package. 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. Integration of Tripal and Galaxy will allow the community research databases to provide next-generation analytical tools to their users using Galaxy. However, this library was created independently of Tripal to support integration of any PHP application with Galaxy.

Please see the API documentation page for full information.

CloudMan 16.04


An update to Galaxy CloudMan on AWS was released in May. CloudMan offers an easy way to get a personal and completely functional instance of Galaxy in the cloud in just a few minutes, without any manual configuration or imposed quotas. Once running, you have complete control over Galaxy, including the ability to install new tools.

This is a minor update release with the following changes:

  • Galaxy 16.04 update
  • Availability on Amazon's Ireland region
  • A couple of bug fixes

See the CHANGELOG for a more complete set of changes.

And the rest ...

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

Galaxy ToolShed

ToolShed Contributions

Tool Shed contributions for August.

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