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JSON-LD for emerging healthcare standard (FHIR)?

From: David Booth <david@dbooth.org>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:29:24 -0500
Message-ID: <54ECD114.1030304@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 

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.

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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