New Feature: Persistent URLs (PURLs) / Shortlinks

Author(s) orcid logoHelena Rasche avatar Helena Rasche
new feature gtn

Posted on: 19 April 2023 purlPURL:

The GTN has added persistent URL identifiers for our tutorials, slides, and FAQs. Using the service, we have reserved GTN namespace for our persistent URLs. These work similarly to DOIs in that they will always point to a specific training material.

What are PURLs?

PURLs are persistent URLs, and can be used to link to a specific version of a tutorial.

How do I use them?

The PURLs are in the form[id], where [id] is the identifier of the tutorial, slide, or FAQ. For example, the identifier for the Galaxy Installation with Ansible tutorial is GTN:T00001. The PURL for this tutorial is thus This will always point to the Ansible Galaxy tutorial, no matter what changes are made to the tutorial in the future.

How do I find the PURL for a tutorial?

You’ll find these in the bottom of the “Overview” box of tutorials.

the bottom left corner of an overview box from a training material is shown, a label short link clearly has a short link as described in the tutorial

Recent News

See all news

Learn to use MINERVA Platform's COVID-19 Disease Map with Galaxy

28 March 2024   by-covid pathways minerva gtn infrastructure new feature

As part of the work of BeYond COVID, we have developed a new integration between the MINERVA Platform’s COVID-19 Disease Map and Galaxy! Datasets created within Galaxy can now be seamlessly visualized in the MINERVA Platform, allowing you to explore your data in the context of the COVID-19 Disease Map.

Cool URLs Don't Change, GTN URLs don't either.

18 March 2024   gtn infrastructure new feature

At the Galaxy Training Network we are really committed to ensuring our training materials are Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable. This means that we want to make sure that the URLs to our training materials are persistent and don’t change. The GTN wants you to be able to rely on our URLs once you’ve added them to a poster or training material, without having to worry about them breaking in the future.

Lost in a topic? Try a Learning Pathway!

4 March 2024   gtn infrastructure new feature

We know the GTN has a lot of learning materials (400 and counting!) which can make it quite difficult to figure out where to start in some topics.


29 February 2024   new topic new feature genome annotation

Building upon the work previously done for the SARS-Cov-2 Topic we have further expanded the ‘tag based topics’ to support a new GMOD topic.