GA4GH 2020-2021 Roadmap


The 2020-2021 Strategic Roadmap outlines strategies, standards, and policies for enabling genomic and related health data sharing.

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Executive Summary

The continued decrease in the cost of genomic sequencing has yielded research cohorts of hundreds of thousands of genomes; millions more samples are anticipated in the coming years from both research and healthcareHowever, major barriers in data sharing hinder effective use of the data. In order to overcome these barriers, make the most use of the data, and fulfill the human right to benefit from scientific advances as stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the research and healthcare communities must come together to agree on common methods for collecting, storing, transferring, accessing, and analyzing data. 

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Part I: The Strategic Roadmap
Gap Analysis and Community Imperatives
The Strategic Roadmap outlines three community imperatives for GA4GH to focus on over the next two years:  (i) improve interoperability and alignment with external standards and between GA4GH standards, (ii) improve implementation support for technical standards, and (iii) engage more closely with healthcare and clinical standards.

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Part II: The Product Roadmap
Planned Deliverables for 2020-2021
To Product Roadmap outlines a suite of secure standards and frameworks that will enable more meaningful research and patient data harmonization and sharing. This suite is applicable across the world’s accessible medical systems, knowledgebases, raw data sources, and patient-centered systems.

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