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Technical Steering Committee

December 12, 2018

Attending: Joel Farrell, Luke Woodham, Prasad Chodavarapu, Scott Kroyer


1 Areas for future innovation for the Consortium

Joel noted we have two working groups with APIs defined. We can hope for opportunities for greater automation and integration. We are behind other industries in that regard. Asynchronous API issues, batch, and sophisticated API considerations like ODATA are likely to arise again. We would have to see if tooling has made progress. 

Prasad noted API gateways could be an area for the future as well. From a pattern perspective. If you have 10 APIs, you have an identity server and get credentials for the api, or the gateway serves as the entry point for any of your APIs. He worked with APIG. Azure provides this as well. It's subscription management. Once they pass security, they know what they can access in the API. This is a higher level service or management tool. You also want to do load balancing. Joel agreed architectural patters would be a best practice. Prasad added that dealing with large files, like scores of all residency programs, would be important as well

Joel noted big data and AI will be important moving forward as well. Machine learning will be important to big data analytics. Luke noted that there are not many that have tried to use it yet. he's not sure they have access to big data sets. xAPI generates more complex information. Joel asked about historical data. Luke noted that access is controlled, even more so with GDPR. People are making sure the old datasets are thrown away. Valerie echoed the importance of ethics in the use of data and the potential for use of data for remediation and identifying at risk learners. Luke added that they are exploring how to improve use of simulations of all types, and create more structured learning activities. They've looked at learning design to some extent.

2 Update on MedBiquitous leadership changes 

Valerie noted that MedBiquitous is transitioning its IP to AAMC, which will assume management.

3 Personnel items

Joel noted that he will no longer be involved. He is retiring from MedBiquitous. he has lead the Technical Steering Committee for 17 years. He has enjoyed working with the team.

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