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[bioontology-support] [bioportal-announce] BioPortal 3.9 Released

linforest linforest at
Wed Jun 20 06:17:16 PDT 2012

Dear BioPortal support,

The Visualization of ontologies is not available due to time-out of the URL
I'm a user from China.

Best Regards,
Lin Zhang

At 2012-06-20 08:43:16,"Trish Whetzel" <whetzel at> wrote:

We are pleased to announce the release of BioPortal 3.9. The major new features in this release are:
·         We have revised the search interface, both for specifying a search and in the format of the returned results. The new “advanced search” capability allows users to specify more clearly exactly what terms they would like to find. This capability also allows us to choose better (more commonly desired) defaults for the “basic search”. The returned search results are now grouped by ontology and the results are ranked so that terms from “better”  ontologies are returned first. We also show definitions for terms that have them. In general this response format was inspired by the Google search response interface so we hope that it looks familiar. We are specifically soliciting feedback from users on this revision. Please send any comments to support at  *
·         We include the first version of the BioMixer visualization software (available through the “Visualize” links). This software replaces the older FlexViz system. There are a number of technology improvements (i.e. the removal of Flash technology) over the older system and the newer system is more powerful as well (i.e. you can now navigate mappings from the basic interface). More complete versions of BioMixer will be introduced in subsequent releases. Please provide any feedback you can on this new system. *
·         We have regenerated all automatically generated mappings in the system. These include lexical mappings, UMLS CUI mappings, identical identifier mappings, and OBO-xref mappings. We have also loaded mappings between selected UMLS ontologies as specified in the UMLS database (MRMAP).
*  This item was requested via the User Support mailing list. Thank you for your comments and suggestions!

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

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