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[bioontology-support] NCBO Virtual Appliance request

Dag Endresen (GBIF) dendresen at
Thu Oct 27 06:51:09 PDT 2011

 Dear BioOntology Support,

 I would like to request access to the virtual machine image with the 
 NCBO BioPortal as mentioned on this mailing list earlier in the week 
 [1]. I am working with a project to establish a platform for Knowledge 
 Organization Systems for the biodiversity information community. We plan 
 to explore using an instance of the BioPortal for the Global 
 Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF, and the 
 Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG, communities. We 
 wish to explore using the BioPortal platform as a home for the TDWG 
 Ontology [2] and the GBIF Vocabularies [3] as presented with a symposium 
 at the TDWG conference last week [4][5].

 I have tried to download the BioPortal source code from your code 
 repository [6][7], but I seem to get into problems with the SQL 
 statements in the installation procedure. There seems to be a problem 
 with different versions of the MySQL server - and I did not yet take the 
 time to explore this further. If I can start with a pre-configured 
 virtual machine would be marvelous!

 I am using Virtual Box and also have some limited experience with using 
 the VMWare Player. However I believe that the VMWare virtual machines 
 generally open fine with Virtual Box.


 Best regards
 Dag Endresen, PhD
 Knowledge Systems Engineer
 Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)

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