James Taylor came to UVA last week and gave an excellent talk on how Galaxy enables transparent and reproducible research in genomics. I'm gearing up to take on several projects that involve next-generation sequencing, and I'm considering installing my own Galaxy framework on a local cluster or on the cloud.
If you've used Galaxy in the past you're probably aware that it allows you to share data, workflows, and histories with other users. New to me was the pages section, where an entire analysis is packaged on a single pages, and vetting is crowdsourced to other Galaxy users in the form of comments and voting.
I recently found a page published by Galaxy user Jeremy that serves as a guide to RNA-seq analysis using Galaxy. If you've never done RNA-seq before it's a great place to start. The guide has all the data you need to get started on an experiment where you'll use TopHat/Bowtie to align reads to a reference genome, and Cufflinks to assemble transcripts and quantify differential gene expression, alternative splicing, etc. The dataset is small, so all the analyses start and finish quickly, allowing you to finish the tutorial in just a few hours. The author was kind enough to include links to relevant sections of the TopHat and Cufflinks documentation where it's needed in the tutorial. Hit the link below to get started.
Galaxy Pages: RNA-seq Analysis Exercise