Enabling responsible genomic data sharing for the benefit of human health

The Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) is a policy-framing and technical standards-setting organization, seeking to enable responsible genomic data sharing within a human rights framework

Now open for public comment:

Data Use Ontology

Technical comments are invited via the GitHub issue tracker.
General comments should be sent to the GA4GH Data Use mailing-list.


The latest from GA4GH

January 17th 2019
Now open for comment: GA4GH Data Use Ontology

The GA4GH Data Use Ontology (DUO) allows users to semantically tag genomic datasets with usage restrictions, allowing them to become automatically discoverable based on a health, clinical, or biomedical researcher’s authorization level or intended use.

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January 9th 2019
GA4GH helps develop BRCA Exchange to inform understanding of cancer risk by aggregating data on thousands of BRCA1 and BRCA2 variants

The BRCA Exchange, a global resource that includes data on thousands of inherited variants in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, is now available through a website and a new smartphone app. A paper detailing the development of the BRCA Exchange was published January 8, 2019 by PLOS Genetics.

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GA4GH 7th Plenary Meeting

The GA4GH 7th Plenary Meeting will be held in the continental United States following the annual meeting of the American Society for Human Genetics. Please stay tuned for more details.

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Organizational members including:

Broad Institute
Wellcome Sanger Institute

How we work

GA4GH Work Streams develop standards and tools that are founded on the for Responsible Sharing of Genomic and Health-Related Data. Their work is designed to enable international genomic data sharing based on the specific needs of clinical and research Driver Projects — real-world genomic data initiatives sourced from around the globe.