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Fwd: JSON-LD for emerging healthcare standard (FHIR)?

From: David Booth <david@dbooth.org>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:32:51 -0500
Message-ID: <54ECD1E3.8020403@dbooth.org>
To: w3c semweb HCLS <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>
FYI.  Replies to public-linked-json@w3.org please.

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Subject: JSON-LD for emerging healthcare standard (FHIR)?
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:29:24 -0500
From: David Booth <david@dbooth.org>
To: public-linked-json@w3.org

Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) is an
emerging healthcare standard being developed at HL7 that
is gaining lots of momentum, and currently has both XML
and JSON representations.  A joint HL7-W3C work group[1]
has been formed to promote the use of RDF for healthcare
information interoperability, and we've been investigating
the potential use of JSON-LD for FHIR instead of plain JSON,
so that the same FHIR JSON-LD messages could be automatically
interpretable both as plain JSON and as RDF (because JSON-LD
is both JSON and an RDF serialization).

This is potentially a fantastic opportunity to get JSON-LD
adopted in healthcare IT.  *However*, if the draft standards for
FHIR JSON are to be changed to specify JSON-LD, the proposed
changes need to be made ASAP -- in the next 2-3 weeks --
before the FHIR standardization effort gets too far along.

I have started investigating the technical impact of switching
to JSON-LD -- see my interim report[2] -- but I'm running
into some issues around scoping and identifiers that I'm not
sure of the best way to solve.  I'm not a JSON-LD expert,
so I'm concerned that in my ignorance I may miss an important
potential solution.

Would anyone who is JSON-LD savvy be willing to help on this?
You do NOT need to know FHIR or anything about healthcare IT,
but your JSON-LD insight would be very helpful.

Thanks!
David Booth

1. http://wiki.hl7.org/index.php?title=RDF_for_Semantic_Interoperability
2. http://dbooth.org/2015/fhir/json-ld/fhir-in-json-ld.pdf
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