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[bioontology-support] [BioPortal] Feedback from felix engel

Engel, Felix Felix.Engel at
Thu Jan 27 00:21:15 PST 2022

Hi Michael,

many thanks for your swift reply!
I was aware of most of the links you send in your reply. I haven’t read “An empirical analysis of ontology reuse in BioPortal” which is really interesting. So thanks again for this.
Concerning my background: I am working on a Terminology Service for engineers for a big German RDM Infrastructure initiative. Currently on basis of OLS, please have a look if you are interested:
I am aware of BioPortal since many years and really enjoyed its development an clearly structured interfaces. However, the engineering domain is quite different compared to the Biomedical one.
Now, I am quite interested to understand better who is using yours and other Terminology Services, for what reasons.
I found an interesting UMLS related paper: and was wondering if there is something similar available for BioPortal?

All the best

Von: Michael Dorf [mailto:mdorf at]
Gesendet: Mittwoch, 26. Januar 2022 19:14
An: support at
Cc: Engel, Felix
Betreff: Re: [bioontology-support] [BioPortal] Feedback from felix engel

Hi Felix,

Thank you for your nice comment. Without knowing your specific application of BioPortal, it’s a bit subjective for me to give you a pointed answer. You can do a general search for “BioPortal” on Google Scholar, which yields a number of relevant publications:<,5&q=bioportal&btnG=>

Though some of these are dated, the general purpose of BioPortal has remained unchanged: provide an online repository and tools for biomedical ontologies. Here is a relevant research paper:

You can also check out our Projects page, which has a sampling of third party resources that utilize BioPortal:

Another resource to consider is the OntoPortal Alliance, which uses the BioPortal technology to promote semantic services in scientific research:

If you are interested in the technical aspects of BioPortal, we publish a virtual appliance that you can install and configure locally. Browse the relevant documentation here:

Hope this helps.

Thank you,

Michael Dorf
Chief Software Architect
National Center for Biomedical Ontology (NCBO)
Stanford Center for Biomedical Informatics Research (BMIR)
Stanford University
mdorf at<mailto:mdorf at>

On Jan 26, 2022, at 1:02 AM, support at<mailto:support at> wrote:

Name: felix engel
Email: felix.engel at<mailto:felix.engel at>

first of all, many thanks to provide such a great tool!
I am employed at the TIB in Hannover Germany and we are working heavily with ontologies and terminologies, in general with respect to the engineering domain.
I am interested in some more infromation about the general usage of BioPortal. Is there a publication or a link that you can provide me? many thanks nd all the best

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