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[bioontology-support] Question about technical requirements to submit ontology

Jennifer Leigh Vendetti vendetti at
Tue Jun 6 11:20:22 PDT 2017

Hello Dawid,

BioPortal allows for uploads of ontologies developed in OWL, OBO, or SKOS format.

You can submit a new ontology via the BioPortal user interface, by clicking the “Submit New Ontology” button on the Browse page (

The CPT ontology currently in BioPortal ( was imported from the UMLS ( The UMLS publishes releases twice per year, and we have a special process for importing their data. We convert from UMLS format to RDF using our own custom scripts (available in our GitHub repository:

Not sure if that information helps?

Kind regards,

On Jun 6, 2017, at 12:19 AM, VAN STRAATEN D E A <36313327 at<mailto:36313327 at>> wrote:

To whom it may concern,

I want to find out how do you submit an ontology? We are currently talking to SAMA (South African Medical Association) about submitting the CPT codes we are using in South Africa. They are different from the CPTs used in America. Would we need to encode the codes into XML or JSON and then submit them? What are the technical requirements from our side?



Dawid van Straaten
ANSA administrative assistant
Tel: +27 73 197 1024
Email: dawid at<mailto:dawid at>

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