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GATK License and galaxy

lindenblindenb FranceMember ✭✭

Our lab provides a protected instance of galaxy to our registered users ( N=~24 and growing )

Those users come from anywhere in France.

Can I legally wrap GATK into a galaxy tool for our users ?

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  • Geraldine_VdAuweraGeraldine_VdAuwera Cambridge, MAMember, Administrator, Broadie admin

    Hi @lindenb,

    Under the terms of the academic license, you can't make GATK available as a service to users outside of your institution. If it's a closed network, eg for a collaboration between several academic institutions, it might be possible to make an accommodation, but if anyone can register for the service then you'd have to seek a custom licensing agreement. We have done this before for other projects like Trinity CTAT on Indiana U's Galaxy server (https://galaxy.ncgas-trinity.indiana.edu/), though that was for supporting specific pipelines, not for generic use of GATK. A simpler option would be to set up your instance so that your users have to upload their own GATK jar to the toolshed; I believe that's what the main public Galaxy server does. Technically you should still seek a plugin developer license to be completely covered (which would be free for academic purposes), and just a matter of some paperwork. If you'd like to pursue this further, please email me at vdauwera at broadinstitute dot org.

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