GA4GH Search API Proposal - Components
The Matchmaker Exchange API is a successful live operating system which has resulted in real world life altering discoveries. Work on the Matchmaker Exchange API has shown that, while meeting most of the limited MME use cases, a more generalised discovery based API needs to be flexible, extensible, and planned for long term use.
A new discovery search based API should be expected to be in use for a minimum two decades once operational.
Keeping the barrier to entry low while not compromising on utility is essential. Each implementation of the API should be able to update to newer versions of the API at their own pace, without compromising interoperability. Each data repository exposing its data must be able to use as much or as little data for searching and responding to requests, is key.