International federation of genomic medicine databases using GA4GH standards

Adrian Thorogood*, Heidi L. Rehm, Peter Goodhand, Angela J. H. Page, Yann Joly, Michael Baudis, Jordi Rambla, Arcadi Navarro, Tommi H. Nyronen, Mikael Linden, Edward S. Dove, Marc Fiume, Michael Brudno, Melissa S, Cline, Ewan Birney

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We promote a shared vision and guide for how and when to federate genomic and health-related data sharing, enabling connections and insights across independent, secure databases. The GA4GH encourages a federated approach wherein data providers have the mandate and resources to share, but where data cannot move for legal or technical reasons. We recommend a federated approach to connect national genomics initiatives into a global network and precision medicine resource.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100032
Number of pages5
JournalCell Genomics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2021


  • data sharing
  • federation
  • genomics
  • standards
  • networks
  • data security
  • data protection
  • GA4GH
  • data commons


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