oaklib provides a variety of interfaces that abstract away from implementation details and provide a coherent set of operations to perform on an ontology. Developers can code to the interface largely without worrying about whether the implementation is a relational database, a local file, etc.

For example, the UbergraphImplementation implements SearchInterface which has the method SearchInterface.basic_search(), so you can write code like this:

>>> from oaklib.implementations.ubergraph import UbergraphImplementation
>>> oi = UbergraphImplementation()
>>> for r in oi.basic_search('CA4 hippocampus'):
...     print(r)

The most common operations are found in the Basic Ontology Interface


Some interfaces may not be “pure” interfaces is that they may provide a default implementation, which may or may not be overridden by an implementation