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[bioontology-support] RELATED synonyms are not working

Ray Fergerson ray.fergerson at
Mon Mar 17 16:02:48 PDT 2014

It is true that we only recognize OBO exact synonyms as "bioportal
synonyms". The other things are not synonyms in normal English usage, even
though the word synonym is in the label. This has always been the case
though. You indicate below that you think that this was not always the
case. Can you explain when this behaved differently?




From: sridevi polavaram [mailto:spolavar at] 
Sent: Monday, March 17, 2014 4:17 AM
To: Samson Tu; Ray Fergerson; BioPortal Curators;
bioontology-support at
Subject: RELATED synonyms are not working


I have noticed something different in the newly upgraded web services in
bioportal. My newly created project is now accessible via the following

i was browsing:

and i was testing out the autocomplete widget (especially Example 3 which
gets the preferred name for a class), but i see that synonyms tagged as
'RELATED' are not being recognized. Previously, i remember this was not
the case. 

hasRelatedSynonym terms are not being picked up in the auto completion.
e.g., birds, WIP KO, roundworms, 

only hasExactSynonym are working

e.g., sheep, carnivores, etc.

The OBO ontology that i have uploaded mostly has RELATED synonyms with
very important information. Is there a way to include them in my
auto-complete searches?

Thank you




On Sat, Mar 15, 2014 at 2:53 PM, Samson Tu <swt at> wrote:

Submitting an ontology

Go to the "Browse" page (on Bioportal web site) and press the "Submit
Ontology" button near the top of the page.


On Mar 15, 2014, at 11:34 AM, sridevi polavaram <spolavar at>


Hi Samson, 

 Finally it worked! thanks for your suggestion. But now, how do i upload
my ontology? i don't see any link  that allows me to upload! 




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