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[bioontology-support] Property search question

Michael Dorf mdorf at
Fri Jul 5 12:30:52 PDT 2019

Hi John,

The “labelGenerated” is an artificial attribute, stored in the search index exclusively, and has a dual purpose:

1. Provide a reference point for properties, like the one you found, where a formal label for the property isn’t defined.
2. Store an additional string for a property that would improve its searchability. For example:

The idea is for the property with the label “contains process” to be found when one searches on “bfo_0000067”. The search does give more weight to the actual defined label rather than the generated label.

“labelGenerated” is defined for ALL properties stored in our index; it will never have an empty value.


On Jul 5, 2019, at 4:03 AM, John Zobolas <john.zobolas at<mailto:john.zobolas at>> wrote:


I noticed that there are results like this one:, that do not have a `label` property. Is it possible to also not have a `labelGenerated` property? Are there such properties defined in some ontology in BioPortal?

BR, John.

John Zobolas
PhD Student
Department of Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, NTNU
Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, NTNU

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