Service Registry

Facilitates service discovery by collecting multiple web services into groups

When working with genomic and related health datasets, discovering new web services to use for computational workflows can be a time-consuming process. Developed by the Discovery Work Stream, the Service Registry API organises multiple web services that have implemented a Service Info endpoint into groups. By providing a mechanism to catalogue available web services, the Service Registry API helps facilitate service discovery across organisational boundaries without imposing communication restrictions on those services.

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  • Enables discovery of web services
  • Flexible and simple to use

Target users


A short dialogue exchange between a researcher and Service Registry, where the researcher asks what services are housed within the Service Registry, and the Service Registry replies back with its services and how to access them.
Image summary: Service Registry helps the genomics community discover services in data sharing networks.
Work Stream
Product Lead
  • Miro Cupak
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Dive deeper into this product! Service discovery is at the root of any computational workflow using web-based APIs. However, many web services are hardcoded into workflows, and searching for new web services is often manual and challenging. Service Registry organises multiple services that have implemented a Service Info endpoint into groups. The Service Registry API can be used for a variety of use cases, such as creating a network of a certain type of service (e.g. the Beacon network), or enabling a specific organisation to collect all the services they use in one place.




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Don't see your name? Get in touch:

  • Miro Cupak
  • Marc Fiume
  • Ian Fore
    NIH National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)
  • Brian O'Connor
    Sage Bionetworks
  • Milan Panik
  • David Steinberg
    University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Susheel Varma
    Information Commissioner's Office
  • Andy Yates
    EMBL's European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI)

News, events, and more

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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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