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Tool assembly: Galaxy

What is Galaxy?

Galaxy is a well-known open-source platform for FAIR data analysis that enables users to:

  • access and collect data from reference databases, external repositories and other data sources;
  • use tools from various domains that can be plugged into workflows through its graphical web interface;
  • run code in interactive environments (RStudio, Jupyter…) along with other tools or workflows;
  • manage data by sharing and publishing results, workflows, and visualizations;
  • capture the metadata of data analyses, thus ensuring their reproducibility.

Galaxy supports scientists to perform accessible, reproducible, and transparent computational analysis. The Galaxy Community is actively involved in helping the ecosystem improve and sharing scientific discoveries.

Who can use Galaxy?

Galaxy also provides open infrastructure ready to use for researchers worldwide. All what you need is a web browser and an account in a public server:

What can you use Galaxy for?

Galaxy can be used at different stages of the data life cycle, covering from the data collection to the reuse steps.



Access to databases

Customised data access

  • Data libraries
  • BYOD (Posix, WebDav, Dropbox, ...)
  • On-demand reference data
  • Deferred data from remote locations

LIMS integration

  • Connect to sequencing facilities
  • Rich API for integration with LIMS


Data transformation

Import workflows

Metadata handling

  • Provenance tracking
  • Automatic metadata enrichment
  • Bulk (meta)data manipulation


Export artefacts

  • Workflows
  • History
  • Datasets


Export to remote sources

  • FTP
  • Dropbox
  • S3 Bucket
  • AWS
  • GDrive
  • Nextcloud
  • WebDav
  • Google Cloud Storage


Share artefacts

  • Datasets
  • Histories
  • Workflows
  • Visualizations
  • GA4GH Beacon (WIP)
  • DRS server


  • RBAC (Role-Based Access Control)
    • One user
    • A group of users
    • Public


Account cleaning

  • Storage dashboard to manage quota
  • Bulk (permanent) delete
  • Quota temporarily extendable
  • Multiple quota per object storage (WIP)

Import artefacts

  • Histories (own, shared by others)
  • Workflows from the WorkflowHub

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