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[bioontology-support] [BioPortal] Feedback from Stephen Collins

John Graybeal jgraybeal at
Fri Jun 12 13:24:15 PDT 2020


Jennifer is right that there are no restrictions in terms of domains, you are welcome to use BioPortal to try things out (and to leave them for others to use, if that seems appropriate).

I also want to call to your attention the work of the OntoPortal Alliance, to foster the public deployment of BioPortal appliances (called OntoPortal in deployed form) to address varied research questions. You can see more about their work at


On Jun 11, 2020, at 6:34 PM, Jennifer Leigh Vendetti <vendetti at<mailto:vendetti at>> wrote:

Hi Steve,

On Jun 11, 2020, at 8:27 AM, support at<mailto:support at> wrote:

Hi, we are looking for a suitable repository for some ontologies relating to synchrotron and neutron science. The work is partly buy not entirely in the life sciences. Are there any restrictions in terms of domains?

As your work is partly in the life sciences, I don’t see any issue w.r.t. submitting your ontologies to BioPortal.

Is there a sandbox version of bioportal for experimenting before committing anything?

I think there are a couple of options for you to consider:

1). When you submit your ontology, you have the option to mark it as “private” and restrict viewing to only those user accounts that you choose. You could do that initially, then change the ontology to public when you’re ready to open it up to the broader community.

2). We offer BioPortal as a virtual appliance distribution, which you could run at your site. If you decide to go that route, there’s getting started information here:

Kind regards,

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John Graybeal
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Center for Expanded Data Annotation and Retrieval /+/ NCBO BioPortal
Stanford Center for Biomedical Informatics Research
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