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[bioontology-support] Please don't change current REST services

Ray Fergerson ray.fergerson at
Wed Nov 6 16:10:47 PST 2013


Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. The idea here would be to group 
all of the preferred name lookups into a single call and retrieve them all 
at once using the “batch” call. Please see the documentation for how to do 

We may (probably will) later have a scheme for specifying which properties 
of a class you want to retrieve on all calls. This feature only exists on 
certain calls at the moment, including the batch call.


From: bioontology-support-bounces at 
[mailto:bioontology-support-bounces at] On Behalf Of Eamonn 
Sent: Friday, October 25, 2013 4:28 AM
To: support at Support
Cc: isatools at
Subject: [bioontology-support] Please don't change current REST services

Hi all,

First of all, we use bioportal REST services across numerous tools, 
including OntoMaton and ISAcreator, ISAconfigurator etc. This move to the 
SPARQL results really messes things up for whilst providing an extra number 
of calls to get the same information we get with one call at present. For 

This call to search on melanoma gives me this.


·         "page": 1,

·         "pageCount": 45,

·         "prevPage": null,

·         "nextPage": 2,

·         -

"links": {

o    "nextPage":  <> 

o    "prevPage": null


·         -

"collection": [

o    -


§  "prefLabel": "Melanoma",

§  "@id":  <> 

§  "@type":  <> 

§  -

"links": {

§  "self": 

§  "ontology":  <> 

§  ….

Now, if I want to find out which ontology this term came from, I have to do 
another search to this

I have to perform 2 calls to just get the name of the ontology it came from. 
It requires 2 calls for each term and places extra burden on both your 
servers and slows down our applications.

Is there some way you could you make it easier to get this information from 
the original call please?

Many thanks,



Eamonn Maguire

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