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[bioontology-support] [BioPortal] Feedback from nporto

Clement Jonquet jonquet at
Fri Feb 26 11:26:47 PST 2016

Hi Nporto, 


1)      Yes the documentation explicity says « ontologies » and not “ontology” for the name of the parameter. And comma separate them if you have more than once.


2)      There is not parameter explicitly to limit a search to a UMLS CUI, because it’s a “keyword” search web service. However, you can search for the CUI string itself and if you include the properties in your seach you will have responses e.g. <,MESH&include_properties=true&include_views=false&includeObsolete=false&require_definition=false&exact_match=false> &ontologies=ICD10,MESH&include_properties=true&include_views=false&includeObsolete=false&require_definition=false&exact_match=false

3)      For your current list, you would have to do for each CUI

a.       /search, limiting to ICD10,

b.      Select the most appropriate concept if several results



c.       Follow the links.ancestors. property to get all the parents concepts



d.      Get the last concepts in the list… 

e.g., “Certain infectious and parasitic diseases”


3 bis) The SPARQL endpoint is outdated. 


Hope it helps



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Name: nporto 

Email: portokallidis at <mailto:portokallidis at>  



Hello, I am facing a problem using the API - search method. 
1) In the documentaion ( <> You describe that in order to limit the search by ontology i have to provide a param &ontology=ICD10 , which doesnt work , instead i tried ontologies=ICD10 and it does work! 
2) I cant figure out how to limit the search by cui , e.g &cui=C0001783 doesnt return any results

3) This is a more broad question. I have a list of cui's (ICD10) and i want to get all the corresponding Root ICD10 categories (subClassOf #Thing) in only one request. Is something like this possible from the api? Also can i use the SPARQL endpoint. 

Thank you so much for the Bioportal service

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