An introduction to Galaxy with the NeCTAR Genomics Virtual Laboratory – Igor Makunin


The Galaxy platform is one of the world’s most popular and fastest growing bioinformatics web-based interfaces. With Galaxy, biologists can access a huge range of bioinformatics tools, using user-friendly and intuitive graphical interfaces. Galaxy also captures and records analysis pipelines to provide full reproducibility, and simplifies sharing of data and analyses between colleagues.

The NeCTAR*-supported Genomics Virtual Laboratory project has adopted Galaxy as one of its major platforms to bring the power of the national research cloud to bench biologists. Through the GVL and NeCTAR, Australian researchers and their collaborators have free access to high performance bioinformatics computing resources.

This workshop will focus on a hands-on introduction to using Galaxy on the research cloud. Participants will learn where and how they can access a Galaxy instance, how to upload and access data, running basic analysis pipelines, and using both integrated and plug-in functions to visualise genomic data.

We will introduce histories and workflows, and explore how they can be used to run reproducible analysis pipelines and to share analyses with colleagues. We will also discuss how to extend the standard Galaxy build to add new tools and custom reference genomes.

The workshop is intended for bench scientists, and no previous bioinformatics experience is needed.

*National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources

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