Tomorrow I will be giving an invited talk at the Human Genome Variation 2015 conference in San Francisco. The title of my talk is Impediments to Interoperability: Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? For ethical and scientific reasons — some of which I will briefly outline in my talk — data sharing is imperative in genomics. And yet, very little data sharing actually happens. Why?

Technical standards are an integral part of the problem — systems need to be able to interact with one another at the level of bits and bytes. But making technical standards is the easy part. Organizational issues, often overlooked, can impede interoperability just...

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