SmartData Webinar: The Yosemite Project for Healthcare Information Interoperability

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Smart Data Webinar Series

About the Webinar

Healthcare data originates in a wide variety of data formats, data models and vocabularies, making information interoperability a major challenge. Although many standards exist, and each one strives for a level of interoperability within its scope, in the aggregate these standards form an uncoordinated patchwork that thwarts interoperability. Furthermore, even when standards are used, translation between data formats, data models and vocabularies is still needed, for a variety of reasons.

The Yosemite Project describes an ambitious roadmap for achieving semantic interoperability of all structured healthcare information. Based on RDF as the best available candidate for a universal information representation, this roadmap addresses both the need to ‘standardize the standards’ and the opportunity to crowdsource data translations that are still required for information interoperability.

This webinar is the first in a series. For information on the rest of the series, visit

About the Speaker

David Booth
Hawaii Resource Group
Photo of David BoothDavid Booth is an independent consultant and senior software architect at both Hawaii Resource Group and Rancho BioSciences, using Semantic Web technology to make healthcare and biomedical data interoperable between diverse systems. He previously worked at KnowMED, using Semantic Web technology for healthcare quality-of-care and clinical outcomes measurement, and at PanGenX, applying Semantic Web technology to genomics in support of personalized medicine. Before that he worked on Cleveland Clinic’s SemanticDB project, which uses RDF and other semantic technologies to perform cardiovascular research. Prior to that was a software architect at HP Software, where his primary focus was emerging technologies. He was a W3C Fellow from 2002 to 2005, where he worked on Web Services standards before becoming involved in Semantic Web technology. He has been programming for many years using a variety of programming languages and operating systems. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from UCLA.

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