NABTICS is an initiative of Institute of Marine Biotechnology, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu with the aim to provide a baseline for marine biodiversity and a tool for researchers, developers and decision-makers.
The aim of this project is to serve the needs of the marine ecology research community by creating a rich, distinctive data repository and a bioinformatics tools resource that will specifically focus on the inventory of marine organisms. NABTICS will coordinate the collection and archival of the marine data of Malaysian waters.
NABTICS comprises of 3 separate databases that is able to integrate information according to users’ preferences. The first module of NABTICS is the marine organism database which is an attempt to cover marine organisms especially coral reef habitants from the entire maritime territory of Peninsular Malaysia (short term projection as well as Sabah and Sarawak (long term projection). The bioinformatics system also includes a metadata system specifically for marine microbes which includes databases for marine bacteria, fungus and actinomycetes, where these datasheets would allow researchers to input research outputs for integrative, computer-based data analysis. Finally the system will also accommodate database for computing marine derived bioactive compounds and its biological effects to create a continuously growing online repository of critically evaluated research on the effect of bioactive compounds in in vitro and in vivo studies, including full details of study design, subjects, interventions and outcomes.
Success in this will accelerate understanding of biology and deliver novel biological solutions to important societal challenges in health care, energy, and the environment. When fully annotated, this resource will form a Marine Microbial Ecology Knowledge Base of federated information relating to genomic sequence and associated metadata to support a fundamental paradigm shift in the way in which the biological and biomedical sciences develop in the 21st century.