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[bioontology-support] Fwd: Two questions about using API

Graham Freeman graham.freeman at
Mon Apr 4 14:43:24 PDT 2016

(responding on-list only; not cc:ing Dr. Salari)

1.  If we don't already, it would make good security sense to have role-based API keys as well as individual-based API keys.   That would allow us to set sensible API usage quotas, track accordingly, and generally fit into a relevant security model.  It would also allow for staff/stakeholder changes at Dr. Salari's app and other such projects.

2.  There are many reasons why we should add HTTPS support to (www.), including:

* Stakeholder confidence,
* data integrity (reducing chances of data modified in transit - whether "benign" such as café or in-flight advertising, or malicious)
* Google search ranking (Google uses HTTPS as a positive signal for improved search ranking)
* Functionality as per Dr. Salari's example


Graham Freeman
Systems/Network/Cloud Administrator
Center for Expanded Data Annotation and Retrieval
Stanford Center for Biomedical Informatics Research
graham.freeman at

> Begin forwarded message:
> From: Reza Salari <resal81 at>
> Subject: [bioontology-support] Two questions about using API
> Date: 04 April, 02016 at 14:16:10 PDT
> To: support at
> Hi,
> First thank you for providing such a useful resource! I'm using the API in the app that I'm developing ( <>) and I have two questions:
> 1- Currently I have the API key residing inside my app to allow it to download bioontology data when users access the website. Therefore it's practically public. Is this the recommended way to use the API key for Javascript apps?
> 2- I'm using the HTTPS version of the urls to access the API (e.g. <>). This generally works fine but for some reason Safari on iOS devices blocks the calls to the API due to "invalid certificate for <>". Is this a known issue and if so, is there a workaround to circumvent it?
> Thanks in advance for your help.
> Sincerely,
> Reza Salari
> =========================================
> Reza Salari, M.D. Ph.D.
> Postdoctoral Researcher
> Center for Computational and Integrative Biology 
> Rutgers University
> Science Building
> Camden, NJ 08102
> (856) 225-6492
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