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[bioontology-support] [BioPortal] Feedback from Vítězslav Vacek

John Graybeal jgraybeal at
Wed Apr 3 16:01:02 PDT 2019

I expect others will respond with an observation of what might be causing that odd result.

The simple thing I can say is that if you know you have the right unique identifier, yes you can use it wherever you need to.

This is an original object identifier and is valid, even if there are issues that prevent the PURL ID from resolving.

In this csae, your PURL ID has the ontology acronym CSP, but in BioPortal the ontology acronym is CRISP. (I do not have time to investigate, but a guess is that the ontology may be declaring the wrong path somewhere, perhaps an old one.) If you substitute CRISP for CSP in this identifier, I believe it resolves to what you want.

So arguably, the correct PURLs in this ontology should have CRISP instead of CSP. We'll take a look to make sure we aren't generating a bad PURL all by ourselves, but I think we're not, something may have to be fixed in the source content.


On Apr 3, 2019, at 8:50 AM, support at<mailto:support at> wrote:

Name: Vítězslav Vacek

Email: vacekvi at<mailto:vacekvi at>



Dear BioPortal team,
yesterday I was accessing term (electrode) which is defined in the (Computer Retrieval of Information on Scientific Projects Thesaurus (CRISP)) ontology. I intended to reuse the definition of this term in my own ontology that I'm currently developing. But the provided attribute called ID ( was not pointing to an existing definition (resulting in the following error message - The page you are looking for wasn't found. Please try again.). But in some other cases term (Electrode) inside the Electrocardiography Ontology has an ID ( is linked to an existing and accessible OWL/XML document.

My question currently is as follows: Can I reuse the definition from the (CRISP) ontology even though the ID is not accessible or should I use a completely different method for defining this term (for example - my own definition of this term, or reuse a different definition that is available - like inside the Electrocardiography Ontology).

With regards, Vítězslav Vacek.

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