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[bioontology-support] [BioPortal] Feedback from Maxwell Neal

Maxwell Neal maxneal at
Fri Sep 25 18:44:47 PDT 2015

Hi Ray,

Thanks for the response. If retrieving classes by their fragment is
possible when you include all properties, then I'm still confused why my
REST calls are turning up empty. For example, when I send this call,synonym,definition,notation,cui,semanticType,properties&apikey=c4192e4b-88a8-4002-ad08-b4636c88df1a

I get the following JSON response:

"page": 1,
"pageCount": 0,
"prevPage": null,
"nextPage": null,
-"links": {
"nextPage": "
"prevPage": null
"collection": [ ]

Any help is appreciated.

Many thanks,


On Fri, Sep 25, 2015 at 6:17 PM, Ray Fergerson <rayferg at> wrote:

> If you search for: OPB:OPB_00528 and include all properties, this class
> is found. We don’t distinguish punctuation in search and thus the “word”
> available to the search index is the entire string.
> Ray
> *From:* bioontology-support [mailto:
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> *Sent:* Thursday, September 24, 2015 8:04 PM
> *To:* support at; mneal at
> *Subject:* [bioontology-support] [BioPortal] Feedback from Maxwell Neal
> Name: Maxwell Neal
> Email: mneal at
> Location:
> *Feedback:*
> Hello,
> I am using the BioPortal REST API to perform searches over classes in
> specific ontologies and I've found that searches using the fragment of
> class URIs don't return the class. For example, if I search for OPB_01023,
> I do not get any results, even though OPB:OPB_01023 is an existing class
> URI in the Ontology of Physics for Biology. I've tried to use all the
> different available values in the "include" parameter to no avail. Is it
> possible to retrieve classes using URI fragments with the REST search
> function?
> Many thanks,
> Max
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