The SHARE project (Supporting and structuring Healthgrid Activities and Research in Europe) is an EC funded specific support action to define a roadmap for future healthgrid research, highlighting opportunities, obstacles and potential bottlenecks. The aim is identify technical, legal and ethical issues that would affect the wide deployment of healthgrids in the medical research community. The initial technical roadmap has proposed a series of technology, standards and deployment milestones, starting with the testing and development of a reference implementation of grid services, and ending with the deployment of a knowledge grid for medical research.
In this paper we review a number of projects from pre-healthgrid to the second generation of healthgrid projects and retrospectively consider their achievements and issues in the light of the first SHARE technical road map.
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