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[bioontology-support] [BioPortal] Feedback from C.A. Horne

Ray Fergerson ray.fergerson at
Thu Jun 27 16:32:18 PDT 2013

Yes, many people use ontologies without registering a project. There is
also a distinction between people using an ontology with our UI and
accessing it through the web services. A better indicator for the UI is
probably the number of hits. We list the most heavily used ontologies on
the home page. Eventually we will have usage statistics for all ontologies
there. In the meantime, if you want usage statistics for a particular
ontology then let me know which.


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Subject: [bioontology-support] [BioPortal] Feedback from C.A. Horne

Name: C.A. Horne

Email: cahorne at


Hi there,

I am working on a project in which the ontologies I select to annotate
must be used by others (in addition to being related to the terms in the
text). I was looking at the # of projects that use each ontology to figure
out how useful & used the ontology is, but I'm not sure if this number
reflects how often the ontologies are actually used. Is it possible that
people use the NCBO ontologies without registering the project under that
ontology? Is there a better indicator for a particular ontology's usage? 

Thank you!
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