Biodiversity information retrieval across networked data sets

Sarinder, K.K.S. and Lim, L.H.S. and Merican, A.F. and Dimyati, K. (2010) Biodiversity information retrieval across networked data sets. Aslib Proceedings, 62 (4-5). pp. 514-522. ISSN 0001-253X

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Abstract

Purpose - Biodiversity resources are inevitably digital and stored in a wide variety of formats by researchers or stakeholders. In Malaysia, although digitizing biodiversity data has long been stressed, the interoperability of the biodiversity data is still an issue that requires attention. This is because, when data are shared, the question of copyright occurs, creating a setback among researchers wanting to promote or share data through online presentations. To solve this, the aim is to present an approach to integrate data through wrapping of datasets stored in relational databases located on networked platforms. Design/methodology/approach - The approach uses tools such as XML, PHP, ASP and HTML to integrate distributed databases in heterogeneous formats. Five current database integration systems were reviewed and all of them have common attributes such as query-oriented, using a mediator-based approach and integrating a structured data model. These common attributes were also adopted in the proposed solution. Distributed Generic Information Retrieval (DiGIR) was used as a model in designing the proposed solution. Findings - A new database integration system was developed, which is user-friendly and simple with common attributes found in current integration systems. Originality/value - The proposed system is unique in that it allows biodiversity data sharing, through the integration of biodiversity databases, hence enabling scientists to share information and generate knowledge. It also solves copyright problems by suggesting distributed warehouses, giving data owners the benefit of having their database under their own jurisdiction. It meets the requirements of querying heterogeneous and remote biodiversity databases.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Institute of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science Building, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA
Uncontrolled Keywords: Information retrieval,Relational databases,Databases,Integration,Distributed databases
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Institute of Biological Sciences
Depositing User: Miss Malisa Diana
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2013 00:54
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2013 00:54
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/4939

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