What is Integbio Database Catalog?
Integbio Database Catalog provides whereabouts information (URL), database description, biological species and other attributes (metadata) of Japanese and international life science databases to make it easier for users to find databases they need. This catalog has been developed as a part of the integration of life science databases promoted by four ministries in Japan: the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT), The Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare (MHLW), the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF), and the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry of Japan (METI). See integbio.jp for details regarding our efforts toward the integration of life science databases. From 2017, we started to collaborate between FAIRsharing with the view to transmit information of databases developed in Japan to the world and to get information of databases developed in other countries. For more information on FAIRsharing, please refer to the "Relevant Resources".
Scope of this catalog
We already merged the following four ministries' existing database lists into Integbio Database Catalog according to the uniformed description items we defined for this catalog (See "Description items of database records" below). We continue to expand the catalog toward our goal of covering all life science databases developed within Japan across ministries and disciplines. Moreover, we also collect information of databases those are developed in other countries by cooperation between FAIRsharing and Integbio Database Catalog.
Existing database lists merged into this catalog
- Database Catalog (National Bioscience Database Center [NBDC])
- This service was developed by the Database Center for Life Science (DBCLS) as a part of the "Integrated Database Project" funded by MEXT and is now being provided by NBDC since April 1st, 2011.
- Some of the contents of “Database Catalog” are based on a report that investigated the situation of life science databases published in 2008 to the Council for Science and Technology Policy funded by the Special Coordination Funds for the promotion of Science and Technology.
- WINGpro (NBDC)
- MEDALS Database Catalog (METI Database portal for Life Science)
- AgrID Database Catalog (AgrID - Agrigenomics Information Database) *Japanese version only
- National Institute of Biomedical Innovation database list (National Institute of Biomedical Innovation) *Japanese version only
As for databases in countries other than Japan, this catalog deals mainly with databases published in academic journals.
Database records of this catalog are created by the project members, based on publicly available information.
Description items of database records (Example: KNApSAck Family)
|Database name||Name of the database|
|Alternative name||Alternative name of the database|
|URL||URL of the database|
|Database maintenance site||Site maintaining the database|
|Country/Region||Country or region name where the database maintenance site is located||We use the term "Global" for a case that it is difficult to assign a specific country because the database is maintained by consortium, etc..|
|Database description||Database descirption|
|Organism(s) covered||NCBI Taxonomy names and IDs covered by the database|
|Tag - Target||Tag to indicate targets for this database such as genome and protein||See the list of tags below.|
|Tag - Information type||Tag to indicate information types for this database such as sequence and structure||See the list of tags below.|
|Reference(s) - PubMed ID||PubMed IDs for papers related to the database||Please note that this item is basically for literatures reported about database development but also can include ones related other topics.|
|Language(s)||Languages in which the contents of the database are displayed|
|Operational status||Operational status for the database||Three types of statuses are provided;
The status information is updated automatically on a daily basis except for the status [Suspended] and [Closed].
|Links to downloadable data||Links to downloadable data of the database||This download sites are in the original database|
|Metadata of downloadable data||Links to metadata of the downloadable data|
|Link to LSDB Archive||Link to LSDB Archive||You can download the whole dataset through this LSDB Archive.|
|Link to MEDALS Database catalog||Link to MEDALS Database catalog of the METI database portal for life science|
|Link to FAIRsharing||Link to FAIRsharing|
|Similar databases||Names of databases showed the analogy||It was the result of our similarity analysis.|
|About the database record|
|Record source||Organization that originally created the record|
|Date of creation of this record||Date of creation of this English record|
|Last update date of this record||Last update date of this English record|
List of tags
- Tags are assigned to each database manually by NBDC staff members (with multiple selections allowed).
- When a database is not available for reasons such as website closures, the tags may be assigned based on descriptions of the database records.
- The Vocabulary for Integbio Database Catalog provides a set of vocabularies that describe individual databases collected in the Integbio Database Catalog. Contributor; "Asuka Bando", "Hideki Hatanaka", "Hiroshi Masuya", "Issaku Yamada", "Mari Minowa", "Norio Kobayashi", "Shuichi Kawashima", "Takatomo Fujisawa", "Tomoe Nobusada", "Toshiaki Katayama".
- Please note that the following tags may be changed or new tags are added as needed.
|Target: the items on which the database contains information|
|Genome/Gene||DB for genomes or genes|
|cDNA/EST||DB for cDNAs or ESTs|
|Genetic variation||DB for genetic variations|
|Epigenetics||DB for epigenetics|
|DNA||DB for DNA|
|RNA||DB for RNA|
|Protein||DB for proteins|
|Carbohydrate||DB for carbohydrates|
|Lipid||DB for lipids|
|Metabolite||DB for metabolites|
|Chemical compound||DB for chemical compounds|
|Drug||DB for drugs|
|Cell/Organelle||DB for cells or organelles|
|Organism||DB for organisms, ranging from their parts to populations|
|Health/Disease||DB for health or disease|
|Information type: the type of information available|
|Phenotype||DB for phenotypes or traits|
|Bioresource||DB for bioresources|
|Method||DB for experimental or analytical methods|
|Ontology/Terminology/Nomenclature||DB for ontology, terminology or nomenclature|
|Environment||DB for environments|
|Sequence||DB for sequences of nucleic acids or amino acids|
|3D structure||DB for 3D structures|
|Chemical structure||DB for chemical structures|
|Expression||DB for expression or accumulation of transcripts or proteins|
|Distribution||DB for distribution or localization|
|Interaction/Pathway||DB for interactions or pathways|
|Taxonomy||DB for classification of organisms|
|Classification||DB for classification of molecules|
|Image/Movie||DB for images or movies|
|Bibliography/Documents||DB for collections of bibliographies or documents|
|Portal||DB for collections of databases or bioinformatic tools|
Integbio Database Catalog provides the following search functions to make it eaiser for users to find the database records.
Search the records
You can search the contents of the database records by keyword.
Narrow the records by...
You can narrow the database records by the following conditions based on each description item of the database record. Please refer to Creation of database records for the description items of the database records.
You can narrow the records based on NCBI taxonomy entries described in the item "Organism covered".
You can narrow the records by tags described in the items "Tag - Target" and "Tag - Information type" (with multiple selections allowed).
You can narrow the records by four types of statuses : [Active], [Inactive], [Suspended] or [Closed]. The status information is updated automatically on a daily basis except for the status [Suspended] and [Closed].
You can narrow the records by two types of conditions: [Japan] and [Countries other than Japan] based on country or region names described in the item "Country/Region".
Others > DB in LSDB Archive
You can narrow the database records which have links to LSDB Archive. You can download the whole datasets through LSDB Archive.
Others > DB with batch downloadable data
You can narrow the database records of databases which have batch downloadable data.