4 months ago by
General users will only see the tools in the tool panel when using Galaxy. If there are installed tools from the MTS that you do not want users to see/use, these can be "hidden" in the tool panel.
Only admins will ever see the Tool Shed - it is not accessible to general users through the Galaxy UI (to install tools, etc). The exception is link-out under "Options > See in Tool Shed" when a tool is active in the center panel. This redirects to where the tool was sourced. I suppose this could be edited if needed.
You may have other reasons for wanting to mirror the Main Tool Shed. The process would be the same as mirroring any other server/content. We don't have a special procedure developed and I am not aware of one developed and/or running in the community. The purpose of the MTS is to be a shared community resource - for contribution and distribution of Galaxy wrapped tools.
And there isn't a way to send data back - by "credit" do you mean feedback on the number of installs? There is a convenience statistic in the MTS for how many times a tool has been installed to give admins some idea about how often a tool has been used/vetted by the community, but that is the only purpose. Missing your installs would not change the values much - and tools (from devteam, IUC, others) that can be directly installed (even if in the MTS) already have no install counts recorded.
If by "credit" you instead mean how to cite: Some tools may have notes about how to cite them or you can just capture the tool wrapper details and cite that. Galaxy itself should be cited if used in a publication.
If your question was misunderstood, please clarify more.
Thanks, Jen, Galaxy team