The Beacon protocol defines an open standard for genomics data discovery, developed by members of the Global Alliance for Genomics & Health. Since 2016, the Beacon protocols is being developed through the ELIXIR Beacon project as a GA4GH driver project.
As part of the project, since early 2016 the Computational Cytogenetics and Oncogenomics Group at the University of Zurich develops the Beacon+ demonstrator, to demonstrate current functionality and future Beacon protocol extensions.
The Beacon+ implementation is a custom front end on top of the Progenetix dataset, with emphasis on structural genome variations from cancer samples.
On 2020-01-20, Beacon+ became part of the ELIXIR Beacon Network.