Galaxy Australia and CloudStor (AARNet) – creating linkages between two national resources

Dr Nuwan Goonasekera2, Mr Simon Gladman2, Dr Frankie Stevens3, Dr Gareth Price1

1QCIF Facility for Advanced Bioinformatics, St Lucia, Australia
2University of Melbourne, Carlton, Australia
3AARNet, Milton, Australia


Galaxy Australia, the life science platform that allows reproducible, transparent analyses through a web interface and Cloudstor, AARNet’s cloud research data storage platform, have brought users of these platforms together by enabling easy and secure data transfer options between these national platforms.


The “Import from Cloudstor” tool allows users of Galaxy Australia, after a simple configuration of their Cloudstor storage allocation, to navigate through their folders to import files, directories or multi-directories of files into their Galaxy History. Once their data has been analysed the ”Send data to Cloudstor” tool allows the user to securely transfer any files back to their Cloudstor allocation.


Running on the latest version of Galaxy (20.05), researchers analysing data can now rely on  seamless interaction and movement of their data to / from their AARNet provided Cloudstor personal account.


The development of functionality to connect a long standing national platform (AARNet) with the rapidly growing user base of Galaxy Australia demonstrates the advantages of national platforms working to service integration, for the benefit of all Australian researchers.

This talk will highlight the functionality of both tools and the development and implementation path taken in deploying these enhancements to the Galaxy Australia platform.


Dr Gareth Price is Head of Computational Biology at QCIF Facility for Advanced Bioinformatics. In this role Gareth manages the diverse spectrum of researcher lead questions involving genomic data, provides training in genomic data analysis, as well as leading Galaxy Australia ( as Platform Manager.

Gareth has 20 years’ experience as a Bioinformatician and Genomics Scientist.

Gareth’s view is that research is at its best when coupled with the most accurate, highest throughput and innovative technology and analysis modalities.

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