JSON Variant Format (JVF): A Draft for the Transmission and Storage of Genetic Variants

Last year at Elasticon{15}, we discussed our in-house variant analytics engine, which is based on the Elasticsearch platform. The use of this platform required the development of a JSON format to store our variant information. While several standard formats have been generated for the storage of genomic variants with the Variant Call Format (VCF) being the most common, no equivalent JSON standard has gained significant traction. As we continue to sequence more specimens and consolidate our variant storage, we have moved toward the development of a JSON standard for web service-based transfer and document storage of genetic variants. A working draft of the JVF format along with documentation is available on GitHub: https://github.com/wadeschulz/jvf

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