The new usegalaxy.eu server was officially brought into operation during a conference at the University of Freiburg.

Galaxy, an open source platform enabling the analysis of big data for life sciences, is available for use by scientists via an Internet browser.

It does not require programming skills: all settings can be made using a graphical interface.

Researchers throughout Europe have already made use of the service, which is coordinated in Freiburg.

"To date we have registered about 900 users from 55 work groups, and within a year roughly a million requests have been calculated on our server," reports Dr. Björn Grüning, who heads the Galaxy team at Freiburg.

The possibilities of big data are fundamentally changing many research projects in the life sciences: manageablysized experiments are often replaced by analyses that represent hundreds of thousands of individual experiments.

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