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[bioontology-support] Classes Subtree Search endpoint

Ray Fergerson ray.fergerson at
Tue Apr 1 16:22:52 PDT 2014

You should be able to get the information you want on the annotation call. 
Just list the properties you want on the 'include' parameter. (e.g. 


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Subject: [bioontology-support] Classes Subtree Search endpoint

Dear NCBO Support Team,

I am facing some difficulties using the new API. I am writing a script which 
should lookup if words of a given sentence occur in a number of ontologies 
and if they do, extract the id, prefLabel, synonyms the word found and the 
position in the sentence.

So what I did is following:

First I use the Annotator endpoint to identify word occurences of a given 
ontology, e.g. SNOMEDCT:

Then I extracted the found <text> (here “text”), the class <id> (here 
“”), and the 
ontology acronym (here “SNOMEDCT”).
With those parameters I invoke the Classes Subtree Search endpoint to get 
<prefLabel> and the <synonyms>:

This works like a charm with the SNOMEDCT ontology. However with other ones, 
e.g. FMA it fails.
Gives me a 502 Bad Gateway.

Could you please comment on this? Am I missing sth?

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