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[protege-discussion] UMLS TAB_problems

Jennifer Vendetti vendetti at
Wed Oct 29 17:11:42 PDT 2008

> So the problem with approximate matching i thing that will not be 
> solve, right?

Not necessarily.  I posted a question on the umls-users mailing list and 
got this response from them:

"Due to resource restrictions and an issue with the release of software 
we were using for this function, this method of searching had to be 
disabled in the current release. We are planning a release for 
mid-November in which this functionality will be re-released and made 
available through the API. We will issue an announcement when the system 
will be down and what functions/features were re-enabled or added to the 
release. Sorry for the inconvenience."

So, it seems that in mid-November this functionality will be 
re-enabled.  At this point, the only thing to do is wait for the release 
of their new software and see if this starts working again.

> Also, for the second question, why not inserting the slots of umls, i 
> found that if i start the project as "frames" then it works. I started 
> the project as "owl/rdf" and for this reason it didn't worked.  I 
> guess there is no way to work with "owl/rdf".

Yes, as I mentioned in my last post, this plug-in was developed before 
Protege even had support for OWL.  So, it is not surprising that it does 
not work.  However, you can develop your project in Frames and then 
convert it to OWL.

> Can you tell me if i start the project as "frames", if i will 
> encounter any problem, if i convert it in owl with protege converter?

This should work.  If you have any problems, post them on the 
protege-owl mailing list.

> Can you also explain me the usefulness of "KB_ROOT"?

I never met and/or talked to the author of this plug-in.  I imagine it 
was simply a design decision on his part to set up a pre-configured 
class with template slots attached that hold the various types of data 
you can pull in from the UMLS.


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