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[bioontology-support] Unable to use Bioportal search to find OBO term ids

Trish Whetzel whetzel at
Thu May 3 11:18:34 PDT 2012

Hi Pradip, 

Quick question,  to confirm was search by ID working previously?


On May 2, 2012, at 8:25 AM, Kanjamala, Pradip P. wrote:

> I am trying to use the Bioportal rest service to search for OBO term ids without success. For example searching for GO:0000001 returns no match.
> The rest call is:
> I get similar results using the BioPortal search UI.
> The reason I believe the search is failing is because the default Lucene analyzer being used by BioPortal is treating the : as a word separator. The solution we have had to use in LexEVS’s lucene implementation is to use a custom analyzer that doesn’t treat the : as a word separator.
> Since the colon is an integral part of the term ID in all OBO ontologies, I believe we should have a way to search for them in BioPortal’s search implementation.
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Trish Whetzel, PhD
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The National Center for Biomedical Ontology
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