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[bioontology-support] [BioPortal] Feedback from Sai Lakshmi Subramanian

Ray Fergerson ray.fergerson at
Mon Jul 28 14:26:23 PDT 2014

You just need to tack on a "*" to the end of the search term. Something

will match melanoma and a bunch of other things.


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Subject: [bioontology-support] [BioPortal] Feedback from Sai Lakshmi

Name: Sai Lakshmi Subramanian

Email: sailakss at



I would like some information on using Bioportal API to dynamically
retrieve lists of ontology terms. We would like to use a look ahead search
functionality in our website. I see that the widgets use this URL:

which returns results in a list format with ~!~ line separators, that we
can parse to get the terms, their ontology IDs, definitions, synonymns,

Your new API URL produces a nice JSON format.

However, the new API URL does not let me do partial word searches (say
user enters first 3 letters of the term), which can be done with the
autocomplete URL. I am wondering if we can continue using the URL1
approach, does it use the same latest REST-API? Or is there a way to use
the new API to do partial word searches for auto complete?

I understand that you have the widgets for auto complete, but for our
purposes, we would prefer to use the API.

Thanks for the time and help.


Bioinformatics Research Lab
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX

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