Journal of Grid Computing

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 533–543 | Cite as

The Essential Components of a Successful Galaxy Service

  • Annette McGrathEmail author
  • Steve McMahon
  • Sean Li
  • Joel Ludbey
  • Tim Ho


Driven by advances in data generation technologies and fuelled by radical reduction in costs, genomics has become a data science. Nonetheless the field of genomics has been restrained by the ability to analyse data. Science gateways, such as Galaxy, have the potential to enable bench biologists to analyse their own data without needing be familiar with the command line. Implementing a production scale Galaxy service, sufficiently well-featured and resourced to meet the needs of the end-users, is a significant undertaking and requires the consideration and combination of a number of factors to be successfully adopted by the community. In this paper, we describe the process that we undertook to implement a Galaxy service and describe what we consider to be the essential components of such a service. Our experience and insights will be of interest to those who are planning on implementing a science gateway service in a research organisation.


Galaxy HPC Bioinformatics Next generation sequencing Science gateway 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Annette McGrath
    • 1
    Email author
  • Steve McMahon
    • 2
  • Sean Li
    • 1
  • Joel Ludbey
    • 3
  • Tim Ho
    • 3
  1. 1.CSIRO Data61ActonAustralia
  2. 2.CSIRO Information Management & TechnologyYarralumlaAustralia
  3. 3.CSIRO Information Management & TechnologyClaytonAustralia

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