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Microbial culture collections are important for the development of scientific research and industrial exploitation. In order to provide easier access to the collection, the list of microbial cultures should be made available online. A survey on the CCINFO, powered by the WDCM reveals that 60 collections from Thailand registered into CCINFO database during 1983-2013, and only 2 collections: BCC (BIOTEC culture collection) and TISTR provide the online access directly to their microbe information. In addition, at WDCM, 48 from 60 Thai collections are affiliate at universities, but their information in CCINFO is totally outdated. Likewise, only BCC and TISTR published their information in the GCM with the total number of 4,948 and 1,032 strains respectively. It is observed that some data of 4 collections including BCC, TISTR, DOA and DMST can be online accessed through the Thailand Network on Culture Collections (TNCC) website. Established since 2000, TNCC is the first data network of the aforementioned four culture collections in Thailand. The main activity of TNCC is to integrate information from four members and disseminate microbial information to public. To transfer their data into an integrated database, TNCC members can submit the data file in excel or enter each record into a web application. Now there are only 5,550 strains available at TNCC website that is far from what registered at CCINFO, WDCM. The lack of up-to-date information is the main problem at both WDCM and TNCC, although WDCM and TNCC focus at different network levels: individual collections and country service collections. The data and system integration across levels of network might help to co-create the integrated information for understanding the microbial diversity, and integrated services for connecting to industrial networks.
From the network integration perspective, BIOTEC has launched Thailand Bioresource Research Center (TBRC) initiative in 2012 to deliver the co-creating services to bridge a gap between academic research and industry. TBRC aims to (1) leverage the network strength of service collections (2) create a research network based biological resource center and (3) establish a common technology infrastructure to provide open standards and interoperable information systems across the network levels. TBRC network applies the concept for cooperative work based on a hosted solution using a shared server. The collection registered at TBRC will get a software called iCollect to be used in managing the data from their preservation activities, update the list of microbial cultures to TBRC online catalogs and retrieve orders from TBRC via SOAP-based Web services. Alternatively, the members can manage, process their data and transmit back and forth through TBRC website. Integrated data and information will then be curated, annotated and categorized using data mining techniques and made accessible through TBRC online distribution service, www.tbrcnetwork.org.