Service Info

Provides a simple standardised protocol to describe information about a single web service

Computational genomic workflows rely on web services and APIs. However, searching for web services to use and understanding the parameters they need — especially across organisational boundaries — is often a manual and time-consuming process. Developed by the Discovery Work Stream, the Service Info API is a simple protocol that exposes information about a single service — including its capabilities, limitations, and how to interact with it. Multiple Service Info endpoints can be aggregated together to form networks of services using the Service Registry API.

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  • Provides a simple, minimalist API
  • Helps make web services and APIs discoverable to others

Target users

Researchers, and developers

Image summary: Service Info helps genomic and health data consumers discover information about a single web service.
Work Stream
Product Lead
  • Miro Cupak
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Dive deeper into this product! The Service Info API provides a standard format for listing information about a single web service along with its metadata. Key attributes include a unique identifier, a human readable name, the service host, and how to connect with it. Minimalistic and light-weight, Service Info works by planting an endpoint to an existing API or web service.



5 Feb 2020


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  • Miro Cupak
  • Marc Fiume
  • Brian O'Connor
    Sage Bionetworks
  • Milan Panik
  • David Steinberg
    University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Andy Yates
    EMBL's European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI)

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14 Jul 2023
GA4GH Discovery Work Stream welcomes new Co-Lead Nara Sobreira of Johns Hopkins Medicine
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8 Jul 2021
GA4GH standards in a global learning health system
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17 Feb 2020
New standards Service Info and Service Registry advance service discovery
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