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[bioontology-support] BioPortal URL and PURL issues

Ray Fergerson ray.fergerson at
Wed Jul 17 12:05:42 PDT 2013

The purl problems were on our end and have both been fixed now. 

I don't understand the "URL issue" though. It appears that this ontology
does not have the term indicated. Even if the term had been obsoleted it
would still be there. Perhaps it has been deleted. Where did you get the
URL that you list below that does not work?


-----Original Message-----
From: bioontology-support-bounces at
[mailto:bioontology-support-bounces at] On Behalf Of N
Sent: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 3:34 AM
To: BioPortal Support
Subject: [bioontology-support] BioPortal URL and PURL issues


I am having continued issues with regular BioPortal URLs and PURLs, and
need some assistance. I listed the 3 issues I am encountering below:

Regular URL:
This returns an error "The page you are looking for wasn't found. Please
try again"
I expect this is due to some terms being renamed or obsoleted, etc. But
should I not still be able to retrieve those terms, or at least get a
warning of the issue?

For PURLs:
"We're sorry but something has gone wrong. We have been notified of this
For this i would expect the numerical ID to be usable as it is through
other resources (such as OLS at EBI). Also, I'm not sure why this PURL
redirects to: (note
the 1020). Is there some resolving bug on your side?
"We're sorry but something has gone wrong. We have been notified of this
This term is present:
And the PURL is the one listed on that page.

Any ideas on each of these? I'd be grateful for any assistance...



Nick Juty
Database Curator
European Bioinformatics Institute
Cambridge, United Kingdom

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