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[bioontology-support] Ontology mapping question

Jennifer Leigh Vendetti vendetti at stanford.edu
Thu Sep 8 11:40:46 PDT 2016


Hello Tom,


On Sep 8, 2016, at 5:58 AM, tom.williams at thomsonreuters.com<mailto:tom.williams at thomsonreuters.com> wrote:

Good morning,
I was wondering if you offer an ontology mapping tool, whereby an individual can create their own ontology, and have the ability to edit and share ontologies with just a select group of people?


Not sure that we provide exactly what you’re looking for.

BioPortal is a read-only repository for ontologies.  If you need to create an ontology from scratch, and/or edit an existing ontology, you would most likely want to use an ontology editing tool.  One example of a source of such editing tools is the Protege project, which offers a web-based solution (WebProtege) [1], and a desktop solution (Protege Desktop) [2].  Both of these products are free and open source.  WebProtege in particular allows for collaborative editing of ontologies, and I’m fairly certain you can limit the editors/viewers to a select group.  If you’d like more information about using Protege, it’s best to post questions on their support list [3].

If you have an existing ontology that you’d like to share with the biomedical community, you’re welcome to upload it to BioPortal.  BioPortal does allow you to make an ontology “private”, and control who is able to view your ontology.  Also, when you upload your ontology to BioPortal, a set of mappings are automatically generated to other BioPortal ontologies, e.g.:

https://bioportal.bioontology.org/ontologies/SNOMEDCT?p=mappings

Hope that information helps.

Best,
Jennifer

[1] http://protege.stanford.edu/products.php#web-protege
[2] http://protege.stanford.edu/products.php#desktop-protege
[3] http://protege.stanford.edu/support.php#mailingListSupport



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