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[bioontology-support] Ontology Class Language Classifications

Trish Whetzel whetzel at
Tue Apr 30 20:46:38 PDT 2013

Hi Lewis, 

The autocomplete functionality in the widgets will be able to work with synonyms (or any other property specified as a subproperty of the synonym property) for example if the ontology author has indicated which property is used for synonyms when they uploaded the ontology. For example, "CVS Disease" is a synonym of "cardiovascular disease" [1] and the widgets will be able to return "cardiovascular disease" when "CVS Disease" is entered.



On Apr 30, 2013, at 8:21 PM, Lewis John McGibbney wrote:

> Hi Everyone,
> I have been experimenting with some of the widgets [0] with the intention of embedding some of them in my web application.
> I would like to know if anyone can please discuss the following: as well as obtain some given term (from within an ontology regardless of whether I use the ontology search widget, ontology tree widget, etc.), I am interested in obtaining other language classifications such as synonyms, homonyms, etc. associated with some given ontology class (term) if they are present an available.
> Has anyone else implemented such support within the JavaScript? Or does anyone know which API function calls are available to enable me to do so? 
> My thinking is that currently there is no accurate/consistent automated mechanism to determining whether some given term (ontology class) has synonyms (or other language attributes) associated with it. Is this the case? I would be really happy to find out otherwise. 
> Thank you so much in advance.
> Best
> Lewis
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