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[bioontology-support] MeSH in French version

Eugene eugene at
Tue Apr 6 14:38:01 PDT 2010

Before you provide MeSH for French download, do you have idea where I can download French version from some website?



From: Eugene
Sent: Monday, April 05, 2010 2:49 PM
To: 'Trish Whetzel'
Cc: support at
Subject: RE: [bioontology-support] MeSH in French version

Can we use the following link to get French version rather than ViewExtractor? I was aware your View Extractor has download limitation=, but not sure if that has been fixed yet.



From: Trish Whetzel [mailto:whetzel at]
Sent: Friday, April 02, 2010 5:41 PM
To: Eugene
Cc: support at
Subject: Re: [bioontology-support] MeSH in French version

Hi Eugene,

I put in a request to load the French version of MeSH. BioPortal does accommodate foreign language versions of ontologies using the Views mechanism. If you go to MeSH at:
-click on 'Views' in the menu above the metadata description, i.e. the menu above the row starting with Ontology Name
-click on 'Expand All', the information on the Spanish version of MeSH is displayed. This should be visible from:

The French version will also be loaded as a View and listed on this page.


On Apr 2, 2010, at 1:19 PM, Eugene wrote:

I wonder if it is possible for us to download foreign language ontologies from your website? Such as MeSH French, etc. I know currently you don't have this feature. Can you add this feature?



From: Nigam Shah [mailto:drnigam at]
Sent: Friday, April 02, 2010 12:43 PM
To: Eugene
Subject: Re: MeSH in French version

No one asked for it. If you make a request to support it can get added.

>From my phone.

On Apr 2, 2010, at 12:27 PM, Eugene <eugene at<mailto:eugene at>> wrote:


It seems the bioontology website only lists English version of MeSH. Do you have French version?


From: drnigam at<mailto:drnigam at> [mailto:drnigam at] On Behalf Of Nigam Shah
Sent: Thursday, April 01, 2010 3:02 PM
To: Eugene
Subject: Re: View extractor in OWL format

Here is the code: that drives the view extractor. Most of the work is happening in:

On Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 10:27 PM, Eugene <eugene at<mailto:eugene at>> wrote:

Your ViewExtractor writes to OWL format. Do you use some open source such as Jena? Would you mind doing us a favor? Could you give us some coding example?

It's not easy to find coding examples for generating OWL format in the internet.

Thank you very much


From: drnigam at<mailto:drnigam at> [mailto:drnigam at<mailto:drnigam at>] On Behalf Of Nigam Shah
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 11:13 AM
To: Eugene
Subject: Re: view extractor in bioontology

Also see .. for the example you were trying to use. The UMLS cui is what you were using, its not the MSH id.

On Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 11:10 AM, Nigam Shah <nigam at<mailto:nigam at>> wrote:
Yes. C000304 is not an ID from MSH. You are using a CUI, those are assigned by the UMLS metathesaurus .. MSH ids are of the form D008545 (e.g. for Melanoma). So the call would be

On Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 11:04 AM, Eugene <eugene at<mailto:eugene at>> wrote:

I have a question.

The following url is working for SnoMed CT ontology.

However, I am changing to use MeSH to the following:

1351: MeSH ontology id
C0003047: "animal disease" concept id.

Now, it doesn't work. Is the parameter wrong?



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