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[bioontology-support] Downloading ontology dumps

Ilya Zaihrayeu ilya.zaihrayeu at
Fri Nov 25 08:20:30 PST 2016

Hi John,

thanks for your message. Yes, my question was answered. Actually, I noticed that some datasets provide owl/rdf/etc dumps for download. for some others, as I understand, dumps can be found of the pages of dump publishers. Not sure we can always find a dump for any ontology.

can we use the script to fetch any ontology from BioPortal?


From: John Graybeal <jgraybeal at>
Date: Saturday, 19 November 2016 at 02:34
To: Ilya Zaihrayeu <ilya.zaihrayeu at>
Cc: BioPortal Support <support at>
Subject: Re: [bioontology-support] Downloading ontology dumps


I've re-read the support list thread on your original question -- was it answered?

If not, I wondered if the ontology transfer script at
might be a partial solution to your needs?


On Oct 25, 2016, at 4:32 AM, Ilya Zaihrayeu <ilya.zaihrayeu at<mailto:ilya.zaihrayeu at>> wrote:

Hi all,

I am looking for a way to download ontology dumps from the bioontology portal and was wondering what the best way for it might be.

as I understood, there was an ontology download service but it was shut down a while ago for some reason. Also, as I understood, ontologies in UMLS format are not available for download due licensing reasons ( there is an RDF Download Service, but it is limited: "the RDF Download Service to download the whole ontology in RDF. Note that the second service will provide only some basic information about each term, not all the relations that are defined in the ontology." (

could you please advise what the best way for getting ontology dumps from the Bioontology portal would be?

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

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