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. Mar-Apr 2014;21(2):200-3.
doi: 10.1136/amiajnl-2013-002066. Epub 2013 Sep 27.

A Sea of Standards for Omics Data: Sink or Swim?

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A Sea of Standards for Omics Data: Sink or Swim?

Jessica D Tenenbaum et al. J Am Med Inform Assoc. .
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In the era of Big Data, omic-scale technologies, and increasing calls for data sharing, it is generally agreed that the use of community-developed, open data standards is critical. Far less agreed upon is exactly which data standards should be used, the criteria by which one should choose a standard, or even what constitutes a data standard. It is impossible simply to choose a domain and have it naturally follow which data standards should be used in all cases. The 'right' standards to use is often dependent on the use case scenarios for a given project. Potential downstream applications for the data, however, may not always be apparent at the time the data are generated. Similarly, technology evolves, adding further complexity. Would-be standards adopters must strike a balance between planning for the future and minimizing the burden of compliance. Better tools and resources are required to help guide this balancing act.

Keywords: Data Sharing; Data Standards; Information dissemination; Terminology.

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