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[bioontology-support] UMLS REST Service Access Request - feedback

Trish Whetzel whetzel at
Mon Dec 14 11:38:32 PST 2009

Hi Ben,

Thanks for your note. We do not need the specifics, however the  
prototype UMLS web services that access the UMLS metathesaurus via  
NetKernal are being replaced with access to the individual UMLS  
terminologies via the production-level BioPortal web services: 

The main differences for UMLS terminologies are that the BioPortal web  
services do not support query by AUI and the hierarchy is based on the  
structure of the individual terminology. One can traverse the  
hierarchy of UMLS terminologies by using the BioPortal Hierarchy web  
services and making a replacement for ontology version id with SAB and  
term id with CUI. Also, to find all terms with a given CUI, the search  
service can be used adding in the parameter "includeproperties".

If there are additional UMLS terminologies that you would like to  
access and do not see listed in BioPortal, please request that they be  

Best regards,

On Dec 14, 2009, at 11:23 AM, Ben Adida wrote:

> Hi there,
> I'd love to access the UMLS REST service, since the SOAP service  
> seems quite flaky and complex. This is for Children's Hospital  
> Boston's work on the Indivo Personally Controlled Health Record. I  
> found out about your service from a colleague at Children's  
> Hospital / Harvard Medical School, and I already have a UMLS license  
> (do you need the specifics?)
> Thanks!
> -Ben Adida
> ben.adida at
> _______________________________________________
> bioontology-support mailing list
> bioontology-support at

Trish Whetzel, PhD
Outreach Coordinator
The National Center for Biomedical Ontology
Ph: 650-721-2378
whetzel at

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