The Galaxy Community
A vibrant community of contributors is the reason this project exists. The Galaxy team alone cannot possibly maintain enough servers, wrap enough tools, teach enough workshops, implement all needed features, or answer every question on its own. This is why community is vital to our core mission - enabling reproducible research in life sciences and beyond. Members within the Galaxy community are located all around the world and often form subgroups that differ in size (small versus large) and degree of privacy (public versus private). This page highlights these groups.
Galaxy Community Conferences
In 2010 the National Science Foundation initiated a yearly gathering of Galaxy users and developers by providing the project with a grant supplement. Since then this gathering has grown into an annual event known as the Galaxy Community Conference (GCC). GCC alternates between North America and elsewhere, and provides a forum for sharing knowledge and building collaborations. There have been over 200 participants every year since 2012.
Galaxy Working Groups are a means for the community to help manage and contribute to key parts of the Galaxy ecosystem. They were introduced in December 2020. If you want to get involved with Galaxy in a significant way then we recommend joining a working group.
IUC: Keepers of Galaxy Tools
The Intergalactic Utilities Commission (IUC) was established in 2012 to enable the pervasive use of the main Galaxy Tool Shed by ensuring the repositories available include contents that are functionally correct and optimized for installation into local Galaxies. When appropriate, the group provides guidance to Galaxy tool developers so that they can improve the quality of their repositories.
- Maintains a set of high quality Galaxy tools in the GitHub repository. This repo serves as an excellent example and inspiration to all Galaxy tool developers.
- Cultivates and shares the Galaxy tool development best practices document.
- Provides support to tool developers on a public Gitter channel.
Galaxy Training Network
The Galaxy Training Network (GTN) is a network of people that create and maintain a large library of Galaxy and Galaxy-based training materials. This material can be used in training and education settings, or used in stand-alone, self-paced training. It's a good way to learn bioinformatics and Galaxy.
Conda and Bioconda
Conda is an open source package management system that is heavily used by Galaxy to manage tool dependencies and installations. Bioconda is a specific channel for Conda that distributes popular bioinformatics software, many of which have been wrapped by the Galaxy community.
Galaxy Developer Roundtable
This group meets every other Thursday. It's an opportunity for presenters (Galaxy users, developers, admins) to engage with the Galaxy developer community interactively. These are lightweight and informal gatherings, and are cancelled if no one volunteers to present.
Anyone is welcome to attend. If you would like to present, please fill out this form by midday Wednesday of that week.
|Arabic Community||The Galaxy Arabic speaking community supports Galaxy activity for the Arabic speaking community and Arabic speaking regions of the world.|
|Australia||Australian Galaxy community|
|Czech Republic||Česká komunita Galaxy / Czech Galaxy Community|
|Europe||ELIXIR Galaxy Community
|France||Galaxy in French Speaking World|
|Japan||Pitagora Galaxy Community|
|UK||Galaxy in the United Kingdom|