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Galaxy Australia usage on the rise

Galaxy Australia now boasts more than 650 bioinformatics tools and more than 200 reference genomes and data sets, including a newly introduced grape genome.

Since 2016, more than 150,000 bioinformatics jobs have run on Galaxy Australia and its predecessor Galaxy-QLD — both freely available Web-based platforms for bioinformatics analysis — with 50 research publications having acknowledged the services.
 
Galaxy Australia is focused on the analysis of high-throughput sequencing and genomics data by providing a broad range of bioinformatics tools, such as tools for assembly, alignment, RNA-sequencing and metagenomics, and ample amount of working storage.  
 
More than 2,000 people have been trained nationally in Galaxy Australia workshops and webinars in the last two years by QFAB (QCIF’s bioinformatics arm), Melbourne Bioinformatics and the University of Queensland’s Research Computing Centre (RCC), all of which support the platform.
 
Galaxy Australia has seen exponential growth in registered user numbers in the last year, ending 2018 with more than 2,260 registered users. (See the 2018 Galaxy Australia infographic for more information.)
 
The Galaxy Australia team is supporting this growth with continual improvements to the system. Currently, the team is re-engineering the backend as a pre-requisite for Galaxy Australia to be able to send jobs to high-performance computing (HPC) environments. Successful test jobs have been executed on HPC, and regular HPC usage by Galaxy Australia is planned from April this year.

Accessing HPC will allow Galaxy Australia to produce de novo assembled genomes and transcriptomes with ease, as well as process large plant genomes.
 
To continue to support Australian researchers, the vitis vinifera (vitVin1) genome, otherwise known as the juicing/winemaking grapevine genome, was recently added to Galaxy Australia.
 
The genome was made available to support genome assembly, variant detection or expression pattern studies and was based on a user request from the University of Newcastle.
 
The genome is available to use with the following tools: bowtie2, BWA-MEM and HiSAT2.
 
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