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[bioontology-support] BioPortal web services

Natasha Noy noy at
Tue Aug 11 22:07:13 PDT 2009

Hi Todd,

When you retrieve the list of ontologies using
you get metadata for each ontology in the list. So, you can go through  
the list of ontologies that gets returned, and look at the format  
field. That will tell you whether it is OWL or not -- no need for  
subsequent calls.

For example, here is a short snippet form the XML returned from the  
service above:
<displayLabel>ABA Adult Mouse Brain</displayLabel>
<description>Allen Brain Atlas P56 Mouse Ontology</description>

We don't have a service that will return you only the OWL ontologies  
-- you need to iterate through the list returned by the service above.

I hope this answers your question.


On Aug 11, 2009, at 8:40 AM, Todd Detwiler wrote:

> I have what I hope is a quick question about the BioPortal services.  
> I want to either retrieve the list for all ontologies (using 
>  and then for each make a subsequent call to determine if they are  
> in OWL. Or, simply request a list of all OWL ontologies. I tried this:
> But that did not work. Is there any way of doing this through the  
> rest api?
> Thanks,
> Todd
> -- 
> Landon Todd Detwiler
> Structural Informatics Group (SIG)
> Biological Data Integration and Analysis Group (Bio-DIAG)
> University of Washington
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