Development of Malaysian Ethnobotanical Online Database


  • Nur Athirah Roshaizi Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia
  • Mohd Shahir Shamsir Omar
  • Aida Mustapha


ethnobotanical, database, Malaysia


The existing Malaysian ethnobotanical database is not sufficiently comprehensive and may hinder
sharing of ethnobotanical knowledge. The lack of interest and documentation especially in digitalizing prior
knowledge is a worrying trend since Malaysia possess high ethnicity and abundance of biodiversity. It is crucial to
preserve and digitalize the comprehensive ethnobotanical database as it gives benefits worldwide. This study aimed
to identify online database features and data type for an ethnobotanical database, to collect and populate existing
database via secondary data and to test the acceptance of the database by users by testing whether the database
fulfil the requirements of a good ethnobotanical database. Rapid Prototyping method has been used in this study
involving User Requirement Analysis and data acceptance test to construct and create the best ethnobotanical
database. MYETHBO is the database created by using the Omeka Classic management system with Darwin Core
standard. There are 1,074 plants information are collected online and mostly referred GlobinMed and GBIF. In this
study, 30 plant species has been setup as exemplar pages. This study successfully developed a comprehensive
ethnobotanical database (MYETHBO) by being able to identify the database features and data type needed via the
Rapid Prototyping method, collect and populate existing data via secondary data and test the acceptance of the
database by distributing the questionnaire to lecturers. MYETHBO will be beneficial to researchers, students and
public people to gain knowledge of ethnobotany. It is available at




How to Cite

Roshaizi, N. A., Omar, M. S. S., & Mustapha, A. (2022). Development of Malaysian Ethnobotanical Online Database. Journal of Sustainable Natural Resources, 3(1), 30–43. Retrieved from




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