Hi folks -
I want to share this post from Open Referral's blog, which summarizes a batch of recent reports that describe the value of interoperability (and the challenges caused by a lack thereof), especially in the field of health, human, and social service information:
The good news is that, through the Open Referral Initiative, we are solving the interoperability problem for resource directory information: our data exchange protocols have been endorsed as industry standards by the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems, so one can expect that any vendor in the field should offer a default, standardized method of publishing and consuming resource directory data.
I'm planning to do a followup post that digs deeper into some of the finer points – such as the differences between syntactic and semantic interoperability, and the tensions between strategies for centralization and distribution.
I'd welcome your questions or suggestions as we continue these conversations!