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[bioontology-support] Formal request from us to share your NCBO Virtual Appliance

Ray Fergerson rayferg at
Wed Sep 23 15:50:27 PDT 2015


The BioPortal software itself is made available with a very generous open source license (BSD 2-clause). Essentially you can do whatever you want with the software for academic, research, and commercial usage. The content (the ontologies themselves) may have more restrictive licenses for reuse. In particular, some of the common  UMLS ontologies (SNOMEDCT, CPT, MEDDRA, etc) have restrictive licenses. You need to contact the ontology owners themselves to know what their restrictions are for use by various groups (government, industry, etc). Any license negotiations you have must be directly between yourselves and the ontology owner(s).

I’ll respond to your VM request privately.


From: bioontology-support [mailto:bioontology-support-bounces at] On Behalf Of Kamalanathan Venkatesan
Sent: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 4:39 AM
To: support at
Cc: Nitin Jha; Pasupathy Mahalingam
Subject: [bioontology-support] Formal request from us to share your NCBO Virtual Appliance

Hello Bioontology Support,

Am Kamal, I work as a Product Architect at Biginfolabs India Pvt Ltd. Currently we are developing a Business intelligence solution for one of our Pharmaceutical client and we found the ontologies dictionary provided by your community to be very useful. Thanks to your entire community for its wonderful contribution.

While browsing through your wiki pages, we also found that, the entire solution is packaged as an Virtual Appliance and it shared to organizations upon mailing to support at<mailto:support at>.

It would be great if you can consider this mail as formal request from us to share your Virtual Appliance and provided us the access URL or a web link to download it.

Also from the articles published over the web, we understood its for free and its commercial usage is not bound by any constraint or conditions.
Incase if you any such constraint or condition, please do share with us for further evaluation.

-Kamalanathan Venkatesan.
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