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[bioontology-support] [BioPortal] Feedback from micheldumontier

Paul R Alexander palexander at
Wed Mar 28 15:06:29 PDT 2012

In these cases generally a user has submitted the zip file and so we 
don't know what the ontology file name is. We look for a file that's 
named the same as the zip minus the '.zip' extension and with a known 
extension for the format that the ontology is in, for example '.owl'. If 
we don't find a file that matches, we grab one at random (which works 
great in the case where there is only one file in the zip but perhaps 
not so well if there are more).

Paul R Alexander
Web / UI Developer
NCBO BioPortal
Stanford Center for Biomedical Informatics Research

On 3/27/12 8:57 AM, support at wrote:
> Name: micheldumontier
> Email: michel.dumontier at
> Location:
> Comment:
> Hi,
>    In using the rest service to download a version of an ontology, i noticed that some of my calls return zipped files, instead of the expected owl/obo:
> returns a zip.  how can I get the original file name?
> m.
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