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Volume 8 (1):56-60, 2007.

An indigenous integration system for biodiversity databases


Sarinder KKS1, Lim LHS1, Dimyati K2, Merican AF1


1Institute of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya, 2 Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya.




Sarinder KKS, Lim LHS, Dimyati K,  Merican AF., An Indigenous Integration System for Biodiversity Databases, Onl J Bioinform, 8 (1): 56-60, 2007. Malaysia’s rich flora and fauna has put her in the top 20 list in the world. Presently, scientists here have been venturing into digitization of their biodiversity datasets into relational databases. Databases can be centralized into a warehouse or distributed which span multiple geographically separated machines. While centralized data warehouses are easier to manage and manipulate due their homogeneity, most of the biodiversity databases are clustered on distributed warehouses, hence forcing scientists to query multiple remote or local heterogeneous data sources, integrating manually received data and manipulating it with advanced data analyzing and visualizing tools. This is mainly due to the preference of the scientists to have their databases kept and maintained by themselves in their own labs or offices. However, the access of relevant data, combining data sources and coping with their distribution and heterogeneity is a tremendously difficult task. Therefore, in this paper, an approach to overcome these issues by developing an indigenous system for integrating biodiversity databases on distributed warehouses is presented. This system allows dissemination and sharing of biodiversity data while allowing scientists to continue maintaining and keeping their own databases.


Key words: Databases, Database Integration, Biodiversity