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[bioontology-support] Troubles with API Key for the NCBO Annotator

Jennifer Leigh Vendetti vendetti at
Wed Mar 15 11:04:53 PDT 2017

Hello Scott,

We had a BioPortal outage this morning, which was likely the cause of the error you saw.  BioPortal has been restored - please try again and let us know if you’re still experiencing issues.

Apologies for the inconvenience.

Kind regards,

On Mar 15, 2017, at 7:16 AM, Scott Keating <sjk3001 at<mailto:sjk3001 at>> wrote:


My name is Scott Keating, and I am a research aide at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. I am emailing you today because I am receiving a strange error in running some code for the NCBO annotator that I am hoping you might be able to help with. After running the following code in the “R” programming language, the following error occurs: “Error: Unauthorized”. If anyone happens on your end happens to know what my problem might be, I would greatly appreciate their input. I have entered both my unique API key, and also the simple work “apikey” to no avail. I have emailed you all before and you were very helpful. Thank you for your hard work! The following is my R code:

url <- ""
text <- readLines("C:/Users/SJK3001/Desktop/text.txt")
apikey <- "fbcd9b23-1a86-4e1d-9af2-ac417482bdef"

for (sentence_id in 1:length(text)) {
  current_sentence <-
    as.character(text[sentence_id]) # current sentence to process
  cat("#", sentence_id, "from", length(text),
      ":", current_sentence, "\n")
result <- postForm(url,
                   #"include" = "all"
                   "mappings"= "all",

Again, I think the problem has something to do with the API key based on the error. Thank you for your help!

Scott Keating
bioontology-support mailing list
bioontology-support at<mailto:bioontology-support at>

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