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[bioontology-support] [BioPortal] Feedback from Marisa R Hughes

Jennifer Leigh Vendetti vendetti at
Fri Mar 18 09:39:36 PDT 2022

Hi Marisa,

In terms of maintaining your ontologies:

1). You can click the “Edit ontology details” button at the top right of the ontology summary page (e.g., to modify things like the ontology name, and which accounts have administrative access.

2). The information shown in the “Details” panes is associated with individual ontology submissions. You can click the “Edit latest submission” button at the top of the “Submissions” table to modify any of that information.

3). If you need to upload new versions of your ontology, click the “Add submission” button at the top of the “Submissions” table, and fill out the resulting form. The form will give you the option to either upload a file from your local drive, or alternatively, you can specify a URL that BioPortal will check nightly for new versions of your ontology.

All of the above assumes that you are logged in, and have access rights to edit these ontologies. I checked the list of ontologies you provided below. The “APA” account only had access rights to your main ontology (APAONTO). I added the “APA” account as an administrator on the other 10 ontologies you listed. Incidentally, the “APA” account is associated with an email address of hwarren at<>. Let me know if this needs to be modified. The only action that isn’t possible from the BioPortal application is ontology deletion. If if turns out you have ontology entries that you no longer need, let us know the acronyms and we can delete them on your behalf.

Kind regards,

On Mar 18, 2022, at 5:59 AM, Hughes, Marisa <MHughes at<mailto:MHughes at>> wrote:

Hi Jennifer,

I just searched "APA" on BioPortal, and found 11 different ontologies listed for us. My predecessor, Ian Galloway, was working on an APA Ontology, and breaking it down into various clusters/topic areas, all of which were last uploaded in 2014/2015 (main account is APAONTO, and clusters are APADISORDERS, APASTATISTICAL, APAEDUCLUSTER, APATANDT, APATREATMENT, APANEUROCLUSTER, APAOCUEMPLOY, APACOMPUTER, and 2 test sites LEGALAPA and LEGALAPATEST2).

Administratively, since Ian Galloway is no longer an APA employee, only the accounts for APA should have access. However, all of the above vocabularies need to be updated -- we are currently working on a more frequent update schedule, with 3 updates per year -- so let me know how to proceed.

Thanks very much,


Marisa R. Hughes| Taxonomist

APA Publishing
American Psychological Association

APA staff is working from home as we promote social distancing.
During this time, you can best reach me at (202) 336-5652

MHughes at<mailto:MHughes at><>

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From: Jennifer Leigh Vendetti <vendetti at<mailto:vendetti at>>
Sent: Thursday, March 17, 2022 6:02 PM
To: NCBO User Support <support at<mailto:support at>>
Cc: Hughes, Marisa <MHughes at<mailto:MHughes at>>
Subject: Re: [bioontology-support] [BioPortal] Feedback from Marisa R Hughes

Hi Marisa,

I checked APAONTO, and it looks like there are two BioPortal user accounts with administrative access to edit this ontology. One is an account with the name of “igalloway”, and the other is an account with the name of “APA”. Do either of these sound familiar and/or are they still active? If not, let me know what BioPortal user accounts should have administrative access, and I’ll make the necessary adjustments.

Kind regards,

On Mar 17, 2022, at 12:22 PM, support at<mailto:support at> wrote:

Name: Marisa R Hughes
Email: MHughes at<mailto:MHughes at>

We would like to provided an updated version of the American Psychological Association's Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms, as well as updated content for the landing page. Please let me know if this is possible and, if so, next steps.

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