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This page contains statistics about the Galaxy Project.  This page is updated every January and July, or whenever the project has a grant due, or whenever an advisory board meeting is set to occur.

Community Support Channels

Galaxy BioStar

The Galaxy Biostar forum was launched on April 23, 2014. Every thread that existed in the Galaxy-User mailing list was copied to Galaxy Biostar at that time, and people were strongly advised to post future questions to Galaxy Biostar. On June 6, 2014, all posting to Galaxy-User was suspended.

The statistics here don't reflect just what's happened since the switch, but also what happened (sort of) on Galaxy-User before the switch. As more time passes, results, and especially the recent numbers will more accurately reflect what's happening on Galaxy Biostar.

All date ranges here are from Biostar. For example, the "last 12 months" means anything that Biostar identifies as having happened between now and "12 months ago", inclusive.

Active Users

Active here means "visited", as defined by Biostar.

Date

Last 12 Weeks

Last 6 Months

Last 12 Months

2014/07/09

1190

1274

1424

2014/10/13

1178

2261

2469

2015/01/23

1210

2242

3473

2015/07/24

1020

2213

4277

2016/01/29

958

2135

3834

Active Threads

Date

Last 12 Weeks

Last 6 Months

Last 12 Months

2014/07/09

268

383

654

2014/10/13

281

561

780

2015/01/23

272

620

986

2015/07/24

469

949

1465

2016/01/29

317

806

1618

All Time Totals

Date

Posts

Threads

Questions

Answers

Comments

Users

2014/07/09

8223

2978

2959

2908

2337

2517

2014/10/13

9230

3252

3220

3252

2726

3555

2015/01/23

10298

3547

3505

3646

3105

4700

2015/07/24

13275

4379

4303

4616

4280

6342

2016/01/29

15742

5035

4958

5469

5284

7909

Mailing Lists

Membership in and traffic on Galaxy's Mailing Lists has seen steady increase over time. Several milestones have contributed to this and affected membership and posting.

  • 2011/12: Galaxy-Announce list launched.
  • 2012/02: Default mailing list for newly registered users on usegalaxy.org was switched from Galaxy-User to Galaxy-Announce in mid 2012/02. At the same time a link to the other lists was also added to the registration form.

  • 2012/08: Galaxy-France list launched.
  • 2013/06: Galaxy-Proteomics list launched.
  • 2014/04: Most of Galaxy-User traffic moved to the Galaxy Biostar online forum.

  • 2014/06: Galaxy-User mailing list disabled. All new user support traffic now goes to Galaxy Biostar

Membership

Note that "Total" over-counts the number of subscribers, as many people belong to two or three lists.

Date

General lists

Group Lists

User

Dev

Announce

Total

France

Proteomics

UK

Training

2011/01

1681

280

-

1961

-

-

-

-

2011/07

2134

447

-

2581

-

-

-

-

2012/01

2687

607

58

3352

-

-

-

-

2012/07

2804

782

875

4461

-

-

-

-

2013/01

2733

858

1605

5196

181

-

-

-

2013/07

2709

930

2432

6071

195

-

-

-

2014/01

2675

993

3402

7070

205

34

-

-

2014/07

2655*

1031

4111

7797

213

43

-

-

2015/01

1038

4900

5938

220

50

21

-

2015/07

1050

5643

6693

228

53

25

48

2016/01

1056

6647

7703

228

59

27

63

* Membership when Galaxy-User retirement was announced and the Galaxy Biostar forum went live.

Mailing List Memberships

Traffic

Galaxy-Announce is omitted here as it is a moderated, announcement-only list. Note that "Total" overcounts the number of messages, as some messages are posted to more than one list.

Dev

User

France

Proteomics

UK

Training

Total

2008

263

205

-

-

-

-

468

2009

1330

435

-

-

-

-

1765

2010

2519

884

-

-

-

-

3403

2011

3131

2878

-

-

-

-

6009

2012

4562

1810

53

-

-

-

6425

2013

5272

1328

32

7

-

-

6639

2014

3344

358

49

15

1

2

3769

2015

2336

-

31

4

2

54

2427


Mailing List messages per year

Galaxy Servers

Main Usage

Main is the Galaxy project's publicly available Galaxy server.

User Jobs on Usegalaxy.org per month

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1i0SU5Hd_wrToZk5HgF71TXxDILQ42rNiIBsmPtgaHP0/pubchart?oid=1&format=interactive

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1i0SU5Hd_wrToZk5HgF71TXxDILQ42rNiIBsmPtgaHP0/pubchart?oid=2&format=interactive

Known Publicly Accessible Servers

Most local installations of Galaxy are private. However, some are not and we do keep a list of known Public Galaxy Servers. These servers allow public access, although sometimes with restrictions. This is not an absolute count, but it is a rough measure of the trend.

Date

# Servers

2011/07

15

2012/01

21

2012/07

20

2013/01

25

2013/02

27

2013/07

35

2014/01

54

2014/07

60

2015/01

70

2015/07

73

2016/01

84

Publications / Citations

A Galaxy CiteULike group was started in late 2011. It lists all the publications that are about, reference, or mention Galaxy that we know about. We started keeping track of this statistic partway through 2011, so it is an undercount for that year and previous years. For years after 2011, it is likely to be more accurate, but it is still approximate and likely to be an undercount.

As of January 2016 these are the tags on papers in the Galaxy CiteULike Group:

Year

Tags

#

Meth-
ods

Work-
bench

Use-
Main

Use-
Public

Tools

Is-
Galaxy

Use-
Local

Cloud

Ref-
Public

Other

Shared

Repro-
ducibility

Un-
known

How-
To

Pro-
ject

Visuali-
zation

Use-
Cloud

2005

1

1

2

2006

3

1

4

2007

2

7

1

2

2

12

2008

15

11

1

2

2

1

1

31

2009

26

18

3

2

1

1

5

1

53

2010

50

36

1

5

1

1

7

3

5

107

2011

92

69

1

8

16

3

7

6

3

4

6

1

203

2012

197

128

3

1

28

15

2

13

8

13

7

10

12

10

2

396

2013

261

149

90

15

36

26

28

23

10

9

21

8

13

6

6

3

2

496

2014

327

224

96

59

68

47

41

41

29

40

23

25

8

11

7

8

1

734

2015

462

215

113

137

65

46

56

43

50

31

23

20

15

8

10

6

2

887

2016

31

17

9

11

5

1

4

1

6

4

4

62

Total

1463

878

313

223

214

160

131

125

95

94

89

66

63

52

48

21

5

2987

Publications over time, cumulative Publications in each year  Publications with each tag, per year Publications with each tag, per year; without methods and workbench tags

Code

Galaxy code stats at Open HUB    Galaxy Project at GitHub

Commits and Committers

Two measures of how vibrant a project is the number of code commits, and the number of people committing code to the project. Open HUB provides nice summaries of commits and committers that span all of the Galaxy Project repos on GitHub.

Open HUB also has lines of code over time, broken down by programming language and an interesting Factoids page.

Commits

From the Open HUB commits summary page:

Date

Past 30 days

past 12 months

Ever

2016/02/02

184

7854

28216

Committers

From the Open HUB committers summary page:

Date

Past 30 days

past 12 months

Ever

2016/02/02

24

120

218

Galaxy Clones

The Galaxy repo on GitHub is what people download to create a Galaxy server. GitHub exposes the number of clones and cloners in the most recent 14 day period.

Date

Clones

Unique Cloners

2015/11/26

2090

358

2015/12/14

2885

322

2016/02/02

2978

414

Tools

Galaxy Project ToolShed

The Galaxy Project Tool Shed contains contributed software and workflows that can be installed at any Galaxy site.

Date

Repos

Unique Owners

Valid Tools

Valid Versions of Tools

Exported workflows

Datatypes

Total Clones

Deprecated Repos

Deleted Repos

Invalid Versions of Tools

2014/07

1140

254

2538

3744

71

488

125,737

207

16

112

2014/10

1236

273

2684

3977

143

492

162,118

235

16

115

2015/01

1355

293

2914

4439

157

499

188,825

253

16

117

2015/07

1726

335

3374

4996

178

519

260,236

293

16

119

2016/27

2093

380

3676

5679

204

541

645,040

356

16

118

Twitter

The Galaxy project started to use Twitter on a regular basis in February 2011. Since then, the number of followers has climbed steadily.

Twitter followers over time

Events

Event Registrations

Event/Year

Location

# Registered

GDC2010

Cold Spring Harbor, New York, United States

69

GCC2011

Lunteren, The Netherlands

148

GCC2012

Chicago, Illinois, United States

203

GCC2013

Oslo, Norway

219

GCC2014

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

214

GCC2015

Norwich, United Kingdom

230

GCC2016

Bloomington, Indiana, United States

?

Galaxy Community Conference Feedback

Summary of feedback on 3 key questions from GCC2011, GCC2012, GCC2013, GCC2014, and GCC2015

Would you recommend Galaxy events to others?  How useful was the GCC? How well run and organized was the GCC?

Training Workshop Feedback

The Galaxy Project runs a lot of workshops.  Whenever possible we collect feedback from participants and always ask the same core questions.  Here are the responses to three key questions from 221 participants at 18 workshops in 2012 and 2013.

Would you recommend Galaxy workshops to others?  How useful was the workshop? How well run and organized was the workshop?

Wiki

Vetted Editors

Vetted Editors are wiki logins that have been verified as belonging to Galaxy community members. Vetted editors can update the wiki without having to answer Captchas. You don't need a login to read the wiki, only to update it. The number of vetted editors is a measure of interest in maintaining this wiki.

Number of vetted Galaxy wiki editors over time

This is an undercount of registered community members as not all logins can be verified. The process of vetting was semi-automated on 2012/04/08, thanks to help from ToriR.