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Below are the latest news about Beacon v2
While the Beacon v1 response was restricted to aggregate data (yes/no, counts, frequencies …), the usage of the protocol can be greatly expanded by providing an access method to data elements matched by a Beacon query. Since November 2018, Beacon v1.n has included support for a “handover” protocol, in which rich data content (e.g. variant data, phenotypic information, low-level sequencing results) can be provided from linked services, initiated through a Beacon query1.
@mbaudis 2022-04-06: more ...
The Beacon Team wishes everybody a happy and healthy 2021! We’re excited about our upcoming Beacon v2, expected to be finalized later this year.
@mbaudis | @laurenfromont 2021-01-15: more ...
An v2 extension of the Beacon protocol will allow the query for additional
data beyond genome variants, using a proposed
filters extension. Such filters
are thought to be prefixed attributes, where the (public or private) prefix
becomes the basis of scoping the value to the correct database value.
@tb143 | @mbaudis 2020-05-12: more ...
In the original Beacon roadmap definitions, “clinical Beacon” (lower case) described a set of use cases instead of a specific Beacon flavour.
2020-03-23: more ...
The coordinate system that should be used throughout GA4GH standards is 0-based half open.
@mbaudis 2019-03-14: more ...
Instead of querying for a specific genomic variant (e.g. an
A instead of a
G at position
7577121 on chromosome
17), Beacons could also employ a “range match” concept, in which all or type specific variants mapping to a genomic interval are being identified.
@mbaudis 2018-11-16: more ...
Beacons may be able to increase their functionality through the development of distinct flavours, which can extend the core Beacon concept for specific use cases.
@mbaudis 2018-10-24: more ...