Integration of a microorganism database based on genomic and metagenomic information


  • Completed
  • Database Integration Coordination Program (DICP)
  • Projects funded in FY 2011

Name and affiliation of Research Director


Professor, Earth-Life Science Insititute, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Outline of R&D

Microbes can be found almost everywhere on the Earth and interact with their environments; therefore, knowledge related to microbes will have high potential scientific and commercial applications. Currently, the existing data related to microbes are scattered into several databases, and the relationships among these data are too complicated, so that many important knowledge related to microbes may be difficult to extract. Main purpose of our project is to develop a new integrated database of microbes (named for seamless accessibility of microbial information, which can be extracted from huge amount of existing data. We obtained microbial data that mainly can be linked to genomes (e.g., the genome data of prokaryotes, the ortholog data of genes, the several metadata of isolated strains, and the metagenome data which were derived from several environments), and integrated all of them by introducing Semantic Web Technologies.

Main database(s) subject to research and development

Period of research and development

April 2011 to March 2014

DocumentsOnly in Japanese

Presentation documents


EvaluationOnly in Japanese

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