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[bioontology-support] [BioPortal] Feedback from dawidansa

John Graybeal jgraybeal at
Sun Nov 6 23:18:13 PST 2016

Hello Dawid,

Thanks for your interest!  Technically, it should be fairly straightforward for you to do this yourself. The instructions (recently posted to this list by Jennifer Vendetti) have been added to, with some details added.

>From a licensing standpoint, you must follow your agreement with AMA with regard to posting the codes. As I see the CPT codes are subject to UMLS licensing, it seems likely the same may be true of your codes if they are based on the CPT ontology; you have the responsibility to determine what is allowed and appropriate in this regard.

If you have any technical questions or issues, please post them to this list. You may wish to send licensing concerns to me directly.


On Nov 6, 2016, at 10:30 PM, support at<mailto:support at> wrote:

Name: dawidansa

Email: dawid at<mailto:dawid at>



Hi my name is Dawid van Straaten. My email is dawid at<mailto:dawid at>. I am currently an administrative assistant at Safe Surgery SA. The work you're doing here is amazing! We would like to know what we can do to a new ontology onto the site? How would we go about this? We use the CCSA (The Complete CPT for South Africa) which is CPT codes which SAMA (South African Medical Association) has an agreement with AMA to use. SAMA only publishes the CCSA every two years and the deal with AMA is of such nature that we're not able to use all the latest codes. Sometimes we still use codes that are deprecated in the normal CPTs. We would like to add the CCSA version of the CPTs as an ontology on Bioportal, so that we can use it on REDCap, and that various other institutions can use this one REDCap in South Africa. How would we go about this?

John Graybeal
Technical Program Manager
Center for Expanded Data Annotation and Retrieval /+/ NCBO BioPortal
Stanford Center for Biomedical Informatics Research

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