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[bioontology-support] Extracting parent child relationships using the web service

Ray Fergerson ray.fergerson at
Wed Nov 20 16:57:15 PST 2013


You should use the “tree” call instead. This is the call the UI uses to 
display the hierarchy. It is tuned to give exactly the necessary 


From: bioontology-support-bounces at 
[mailto:bioontology-support-bounces at] On Behalf Of Mark 
Sent: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 10:49 AM
To: bioontology-support at
Subject: [bioontology-support] Extracting parent child relationships using 
the web service

Hi all -

I have been trying to get the hierarchical information as displayed on the 
web interface @"" when a term is searched 
in a given ontology -

This is what I intend to achieve =>


Given the information returned by the web service, we intend to 
programmatic-ally build this hierarchy (really, display the fields as shown 
in the screen shot above) in another system (open source application => 
clincapture) which is using bio-portal as the end point for medical coding.

What I have done so for:

1. I am able to use the old "" (I am yet to get 
acquainted with the new web service) to extract the coded term for a given 
verbatim term entered by the user in our system

2. I have tried to work with the view extraction service but it seems to me 
that it only returns one subclass of the concept (the immediate sub class) - 
I am looking for the entire hierarchy

3. I have also tinkered with the RDF term service but it would appear that 
the generated xml does not have the entire hierarchy - It would seem that 
the returned xml cannot allow me to walk back to the root element (as 
depicted on the UX)

I know I am missing something or have probably not looked somewhere, can 
anyone give me some leads as to how I can retrieve the information in the 
tree view (With the hierarchy)? I will really appreciate the help!



Mark Gerard

Software Developer

 <mailto:sophie.mccallum at> mark.gerard at

Cell: (256) 794323934

Tel: (256) 794323934


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