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[bioontology-support] Website behaviour if a URL doesn't exist

Michael Dorf mdorf at
Tue May 17 10:38:26 PDT 2016

Hi Allyson,

We do have this issue entered into our bug tracking system, and we do plan to address it at some point. It just hasn't come up to the top of our priority queue yet. Just curious, what is the purpose of your "automated checking" of an ontology URL in BioPortal? Generally speaking, when a process is perceived as "automated", it should be directed to our REST API services, which have a much more consistent validation and HTTP response codes. This same non-existent ontology call does return a 404 from our REST API:

Thank you for checking with us!


On May 17, 2016, at 02:51, Allyson Lister <allyson.lister at<mailto:allyson.lister at>> wrote:

Hi everyone,

Just wondering about this ticket please? Would be great to know if it's something that isn't planned, or if it might be in the works.

thanks, Allyson

On Tue, 19 Apr 2016 at 14:37 Allyson Lister <allyson.lister at<mailto:allyson.lister at>> wrote:
Hi all,

Our team has noticed that your website gives a 200 error rather than a 404 error if a particular BioPortal URL doesn't exist, e.g.

This makes automated checking a bit difficult as the page will have to be scraped.

Would it be possible to provide a 404 if an ontology isn't found?

Thanks :) Allyson
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