International interoperability

Thomas Beale thomas.beale at
Wed Aug 22 09:39:16 EDT 2012

It takes this community to do that - and people in it to make it grow, 
and change it as is needed. If we see the situation like software tools, 
its like putting out a new tool that initially only a small community 
uses (think GIT in the early days). You have to get it going and show 
its value, and then more people will come. And then the next increment 
will be based on the thoughts of more users. And so on.

- thomas

On 22/08/2012 02:11, Stefan Sauermann wrote:
> Dear Sam, all,
> I am fully aware of the openEHR efforts, CKM etc. I agree that these 
> are platforms are required !!! to get the work done.
> My point is that interoperability will only work for users / systems 
> who are represented in the discussions. Those  who engage and agree on 
> harmonised solutions will have interoperability. "The rest of the 
> world" are not represented, they do not discuss. We cannot solve their 
> problems for them. The "rest of the world" will therefore not have 
> interoperability (with us) without further work.
> Limiting the scope to a certain user group and a use case will make 
> harmonisation crisp and easier.  We can focus on solutions for those 
> who are represented in the discussions and get those going. We can 
> then prove and disseminate to "the rest of the world" that this works 
> elegantly with little effort for a certain purpose in a certain 
> community. Our experience in Austria is that "the rest of the world" 
> will notice and jump on the train. The train needs to be there before 
> anybody will jump on.
> (I do admit that we do not see the complete "rest of the world" on our 
> Austrian trains. But there is an audience and there is international 
> cooperation with relevant groups elsewhere.)
> (Online tools are fine. In my experience however harmonisation work is 
> successful if you have at least a few face to face meetings at the 
> start, but that is another story, does not belong here.)
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