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[bioontology-support] [BioPortal] Feedback from Ning "Sunny" Shang

Michael Dorf mdorf at
Thu Jan 16 11:34:31 PST 2020

Hi Sunny,

You can pass a parameter “download_format=rdf” to download the RDF version of an ontology.

Our REST services documentation [1] contains a list of common parameters available in the bulk of our endpoints.

When replying, please use the “Reply All” feature of your email client so that it’s routed to our support list, which is actively monitored by our entire team.

Thanks again for contacting us.



On Jan 16, 2020, at 8:20 AM, Sunny Shang <sunnyshang001 at<mailto:sunnyshang001 at>> wrote:

Hello Michael,
Thank you so much for your quick response and fix.
I use BioPortal api to search relevant ontologies and to download them programmatically. However, I only know how to download it as owl file through<>/ontologies/mesh/download as an example. Can you advise if there is a way to download corresponding rdf file?
Best regards,

On Wed, Jan 15, 2020 at 2:27 PM Michael Dorf <mdorf at<mailto:mdorf at>> wrote:
Hi Sunny,

Thank you for your email. We’ve had a BioPortal outage this morning, which has now been resolved. Apologies for the interruption. I’ve checked your search query, and it appears to work properly at this point.

Please let us know if you experience any further issues.



On Jan 15, 2020, at 8:07 AM, support at<mailto:support at> wrote:

Name: Ning "Sunny" Shang

Email: sunnyshang001 at<mailto:sunnyshang001 at>



I am using BioPortal REST API to query bioPortal, but I got Server returned HTTP request 401 error for URL Please advise if there is any problem with account (e.g. API key).
My user name is sunnyshang001.
Thank you so much.

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