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

Jennifer Leigh Vendetti vendetti at stanford.edu
Wed May 18 12:53:50 PDT 2016


Hi Allyson,

This issue will be fixed in our next release, i.e., BioPortal will correctly send a 404 status code for page not found errors.

Our next release is tentatively scheduled for the first or second week in June.

Best,
Jennifer



On May 17, 2016, at 11:13 AM, Allyson Lister <allyson.lister at oerc.ox.ac.uk<mailto:allyson.lister at oerc.ox.ac.uk>> wrote:

Thanks, will remind my colleague about the 404. It's basically just to perform regular checks of our existing links to your resource. So, any given ontology record in BioSharing might have a related link in BioPortal. We just want to do a monthly check to see if that URL provided in the link is still valid.

thanks :) Allyson

On Tue, 17 May 2016 at 18:38 Michael Dorf <mdorf at stanford.edu<mailto:mdorf at stanford.edu>> wrote:
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:

http://data.bioontology.org/ontologies/banana

Thank you for checking with us!

Michael


On May 17, 2016, at 02:51, Allyson Lister <allyson.lister at oerc.ox.ac.uk<mailto:allyson.lister at oerc.ox.ac.uk>> 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 oerc.ox.ac.uk<mailto:allyson.lister at oerc.ox.ac.uk>> 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. http://bioportal.bioontology.org/ontologies/banana

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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