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[bioontology-support] Ontology format in new API

Ray Fergerson ray.fergerson at
Thu Mar 6 17:04:10 PST 2014

You can get the entire list of Ontology formats from the ontologies call
and cache them. Note that the format is a property of the submission and
not the ontology. Thus you need to traverse to the submission object to
get it. (We had problems in the old system with ontologies that started
off with submissions of one format and then switched over to another
format in subsequent releases.)


Out of curiosity, what are you using the ontology format for? I cannot
imagine a user application that would require them..


I think that you can get what you want on submissions by caching the
submission id of the latest submission. If the cache value differs from
that in the latest submission then you don't have the latest version.






From: bioontology-support-bounces at
[mailto:bioontology-support-bounces at] On Behalf Of
Stuart Owen
Sent: Thursday, March 6, 2014 7:35 AM
To: bioontology-support at
Subject: Re: [bioontology-support] Ontology format in new API


    OK, thanks Trish I can see that now and is just what I am looking for.
    This does mean that I would need to fetch this info individually for
each ontology, but I will build up a cache of the formats I know to avoid

     Maybe I am also missing something else, but in a future version it
would be handy if the main ontology list at /ontologies contained a key -
like the submissionId, version or released date, to allow me to recognise
a new version is available and I need to refresh the cached information I
store from /latest_submission. 

many thanks,

On 05/03/2014 17:43, Trish Whetzel wrote:

>From the ontologies call [1], you can make another call to
latest_submission [2] where the ontology format information is in the
attribute "hasOntologyLanguage".




On Wed, Mar 5, 2014 at 8:39 AM, Stuart Owen <sowen at>

    I'm currently migrating to the new API. In the previous API, for a
list of ontologies it provided the ontology format within the element
<format> - e.g. OWL, OWL-DL, OBO etc.
    I cannot find this in the new API, am I missing something?


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