About Galaxy Biostar

This site's focus is on using the Galaxy data integration and analysis framework.  This is a space where researchers using Galaxy can come together and share both scientific advice and practical tool help.  Whether on usegalaxy.org, a CloudMan instance, or any other Galaxy, if you have something to say about Using Galaxy, this is the place to do it!

Galaxy Biostar uses the same infrastructure as the popular Biostar Q&A site.

What to include in a question

We welcome posts that are:

  • detailed and specific, written clearly and simply

No question is too trivial or too "newbie".  You can make your question easier to answer by providing some additional information:

  1. Where you are using Galaxy: usegalaxy.org (a.k.a Main), other public, local, or cloud instance
  2. If a local or cloud instance, the distribution or galaxy-central hg pull #
  3. If on Main, date/time the initial and ru-run jobs were executed
  4. If there is an example/issue, exact steps to reproduce
  5. What troubleshooting steps (if a problem is being reported) you have tested out
  6. If on Main, you may be asked for a shared history link. Use Options → Share or Publish, generate the link, and email it directly back. Note the dataset #'s you have questions about.
  7. IMPORTANT: Get the quickest answer for data questions by leaving all of the input and output datasets in the analysis thread in your shared history undeleted until we have written you back. Use Options → Show Deleted Datasets and click dataset links to undelete to recover datasets if necessary

We recommend that you make use of the search services to see if your question has already been asked (perhaps even answered!) before you ask. But if you end up asking a question that has been asked before, that is fine too. Other users will hopefully edit in links to related or similar questions to help future visitors find their way.


To contact the site managers please email outreach@galaxyproject.org.



Creative Commons License

All content on Biostar is licensed via the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. This means that you should attribute the work either to the author and/or to the site, depending on the scope and presentation of the information. In addition our community supports the fair use policy when it comes to content created by users of this site.


Citing Galaxy and Biostar

To cite Galaxy see 

To cite Biostar, please reference 

  • Parnell LD, Lindenbaum P, Shameer K, Dall'Olio GM, Swan DC, et al. 2011 BioStar: An Online Question & Answer Resource for the Bioinformatics Community. PLoS Comput Biol 7(10)e1002216. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002216

Source code

Biostar source code at biostar-central repository. Report bugs or feature requests in the issue tracker. Copyright by the BioStar team.  The source code for Galaxy is available in GitHub.

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