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Public API for Annotations (public-annotations-api)

Circle CIGo Report Card Coverage Status Provides a public API for Annotations stored in a Neo4J graph database

Installation & running locally

  • curl | sh
  • go get -u
  • cd $GOPATH/src/
  • dep ensure -vendor-only
  • go test ./...
  • go install
  • $GOPATH/bin/public-annotations-api --neo-url={neo4jUrl} --port={port} --log-level={DEBUG|INFO|WARN|ERROR}--cache-duration{e.g. 22h10m3s}
    Optional arguments are: --neo-url defaults to http://localhost:7474/db/data, which is the out of box url for a local neo4j instance. --port defaults to 8080. --cache-duration defaults to 1 hour.
  • curl http://localhost:8080/content/143ba45c-2fb3-35bc-b227-a6ed80b5c517/annotations | json_pp
  • Or using httpie http GET http://localhost:8080/content/143ba45c-2fb3-35bc-b227-a6ed80b5c517/annotations

Build & deployment

Continuosly built be CircleCI. The docker image of the service is built by Dockerhub based on the git release tag. To prepare a new git release, go to the repo page on GitHub and create a new release.

API definition

Based on the following google doc

GET content/{uuid}/annotations endpoint

Returns all annotations for a given uuid of a piece of content in json format.

Please note that

  • the public-annotations-api will return more brands than the ones the article has been annotated with. This is because it will return also the parent of the brands from any brands annotations. If those brands have parents, then they too will be brought into the result.

  • the public-annotations-api uses annotations lifecyle to determine which annotations are returned. If curated (tag-me) annotations (life cycle pac) for a piece of content exist, they will be returned combined with V2 annotations by default, other non-pac lifecycle annotations are omitted. If there are no pac life cycle annotations, non-pac annotations will be returned. The filtering described in the next paragraph relates to non-pac annotations.

  • the public-annotations-api will filter out less important annotations if a more important annotation is also present for the same concept.
    For example, if a piece of content is annotated with a concept with "About", "Major Mentions" and "Mentions" relationships only the annotation with "About" relationship will be returned.
    Similarly if a piece of content is annotated with a Concept "Is Classified By" and "Is Primarily Classified By" only the annotation with "Is Primarily Classified By" relationship will be returned.

Admin endpoints

Healthchecks: http://localhost:8080/__health
Build Info: http://localhost:8080/__build-info
GTG: http://localhost:8080/__gtg


The application uses logrus, the logfile is initialised in main.go.

Logging requires an env app parameter: for all environments other than local, logs are written to file. When running locally logging is written to console (if you want to log locally to file you need to pass in an env parameter that is != local).

NOTE: http://localhost:8080/__gtg end point is not logged as it is called every second from varnish and this information is not needed in logs/splunk