We’ve done two tips of the week on Galaxy so far, one showing you the interface and the other how to convert genome coordinates between assemblies. Galaxy is not a database, but rather a analysis tool that allows you to pull in data from many different sourcs such as UCSC Genome Browser database, Ensembl‘s Biomart or your own data. The tools in Galaxy also allow you to prepare and manipulate that data in many different ways, merging datasets, eliminating or adding columns of data, sorting, filtering and many other actions. Galaxy includes many tools that allow you to analyze the data in a variety of ways. One aspect of Galaxy that is very useful is that a history of your actions and steps is kept and can be revisited, shared and reconfigured giving your analysis a collabarative, reproducible quality that makes your research much more useful.
This week, we would like to introduce an entire tutorial, quick reference cards and additional training materials for Galaxy. Galaxy has teamed up with OpenHelix to provide you with tutorials and training materials that will introduce you to this excellent tool. You can watch the tutorial from the Galaxy landing page (http://www.openhelix.com/galaxy). You can also download slides for your use with scripts, exercises to get you better acquainted with the tool or order Quick Reference Cards.