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[bioontology-support] Bootstrapping the dev environment from scratch

Ray Fergerson ray.fergerson at
Thu Nov 13 14:59:23 PST 2014


Paul has put together some documentation to get you up and going. We had
some laying around but it wasn't really useful for external folks. The new
documentation can be found off of:

We don't make our issue tracker system open but, even if we opened it, it
probably would not help too much. Few items are described in enough detail
for anyone else to actually understand what is needed.

Here are two idea for coming up with something to do:

- Monitor the mailing lists for requests. For example, just this morning
someone asked about a third party plugin for MS word that allows people to
insert a reference to a BioPortal class into a word document. This plugin
is broken because it uses an old version of the API. Revising this to use
the new API would be a straightforward task that would be very useful.
This would be a great first think to work on.

- Play with BioPortal. I am sure that if you clicked around in BioPortal
for an hour you could come up with a half a dozen ideas for things that
would make it better, at least for some users. I suggest only that you
contact us to find out if your ideas are already being worked on. For
example, we have a revision of the ontology browse page underway already
and this should be out in a month or so.


-----Original Message-----
From: bioontology-support
[mailto:bioontology-support-bounces at] On Behalf Of Mark
Sent: Friday, November 7, 2014 1:27 AM
To: support at
Subject: [bioontology-support] Bootstrapping the dev environment from

Hei folks,

I am interested in contributing to bio-portal in individual capacity. I
have been talking with Ray about this and he has signed me up with the
various services where I can get started with setting up the dev

I have two questions:
1. Is there a ticket list I can look at to get acquainted with the
2. Is there documentation explaining how I can set up the dev environment
from scratch apart from the VM? I am using a mac running OS Yosemite.

Thank you

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