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[bioontology-support] [EXTERNAL]Re: [BioPortal] Feedback from gaurab.mukherjee at

Gaurab Mukherjee Gaurab.Mukherjee at
Mon Nov 23 03:43:29 PST 2020

Hi John,

Thank you for your quick response. I did go back into my account and tried to create in Account Settings --> Custom Ontology Set --> select ontologies. I then picked three ontologies from the pick list, for details see the screenshot.

But when I hit ‘Save custom ontologies’ it returns the below error message:
The page you are looking for wasn't found. Please try again.

I am using Firefox 78.0.3esr on Mac OS 10.13.6


Gaurab Mukherjee
gaurab.mukherjee at<mailto:gaurab.mukherjee at>

From: John Graybeal <jgraybeal at>
Date: Saturday, 21 November 2020 at 04:49
To: "support at" <support at>
Cc: Gaurab Mukherjee <Gaurab.Mukherjee at>
Subject: [EXTERNAL]Re: [bioontology-support] [BioPortal] Feedback from gaurab.mukherjee at


Thank you for this input. I created an issue ( to capture it.

BioPortal has an obscure feature that might meet your needs. When you are logged in, visit Account Settings (the drop-down under your account name). If you scroll to the end of that page, you will see a link under Custom Ontology Set that reads 'select ontologies'. If you click on this link, you will be able to see only the ontologies that you have selected.

There are a few documented side effects of using this setting: Any ontology with a view (ontology views are listed in the lower left of the ontology's summary page) is no longer viewable in the UI (,. And once you set the list of custom ontologies you can't modify it; you can only delete all the ontologies and start over (

For your needs, this might be a good fit (or you could create a separate account just for this task and set its Custom Ontology Set).


On Nov 20, 2020, at 7:09 AM, support at<mailto:support at> wrote:

Name: gaurab.mukherjee at<mailto:gaurab.mukherjee at>
Email: gaurab.mukherjee at<mailto:gaurab.mukherjee at>

Hi. This is a great tool. I have created a login account. I use advanced search to search for terms in only three ontologies, which are mouse adult anatomy (MA), Mammalian Phenotype (MP) and Vertebrate trait (VT). It would be much easier If I could save this set of three ontologies as a term, that I could pick to then search within this for my specific terms.

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