BODHI: A Database Habitat for Bio-Diversity Information
Database Systems Lab
Indian Institute of Science

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Modern biodiversity research involves systematic and simultaneous study of macro- and micro-level relationships between various biological entities. The data involved in such studies vary in scale, structural complexity and also in query processing costs and storage. Due to the lack of holistic databases, biologists are often forced to manually forage through the results obtained from disparate data sources looking for consolidated answers.

Over the last few years, we have built a database system, called BODHI - (Biodiversity Object Database arcHItecture) specially geared to provide seamless and efficient integration of wide range of data occuring in bio-diversity studies. The system, built around publicly available database components, integrates several sophisticated access structures to effectively support variety of bio-diversity queries involving complex hierarchical, spatial and genome sequence based predicates.

The system comes with a web-based graphical user interface for querying the database as well as for visualization of results. Easy dissemination of information is supported through the use of XML in publishing the results of queries, providing added semantics for future data exchange requirements.

Acknowledgements: The BODHI project was sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India and the domain and data expertise was provided by the faculty at Center for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science.


  1. Search-Optimized Disk-resident Suffix-tree Storage for Biological Applications
    S. Bedathur and J. Haritsa
    Proc. of 12th IEEE Intl. Conf. on High Performance Computing (HiPC), Goa, India, December 2005.

  2. BODHI : A Database Habitat for Bio-diversity Information (demo)
    S. Bedathur, A. Kadlag and J. Haritsa
    Proc. of ACM SIGMOD Intl. Conf. on Management of Data, Paris, France, June 2004, pgs. 953-954

  3. SPINE: Putting Backbone into String Indexing
    N. Neelapala, R. Mittal and J. Haritsa
    Proc. of 20th IEEE Intl. Conf. on Data Engineering (ICDE), Boston, USA, March 2004, pgs. 325-336

  4. Engineering a Fast Online Persistent Suffix Tree Construction
    S. Bedathur and J. Haritsa
    Proc. of the Intl. Conf. on Data Engineering (ICDE), Boston, USA, March 2004, pgs. 720-731

  5. The Building of BODHI, a Bio-diversity Database System
    S. Bedathur, J. Haritsa and U. Sen
    Information Systems, Elsevier Science Publishers, vol. 28, no. 4, June 2003, pgs. 347-367
    (Special Issue on Bioinformatics and Biological Data Management, Editors: M. Zaki and J. Wang)

  6. Design and Implementation of a Biodiversity Information Management System
    S. Bedathur and J. Haritsa
    Proc. of 10th Intl. Conf. on Management of Data (COMAD), Pune, India, December 2000, pgs. 121-134
    (Recipient of Best Paper Award.)


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People Involved

  • Jayant Haritsa
  • Srikanta Bedathur
  • A. Sandeep
  • Abhijit Kadlag
  • Bandi Srikanth Reddy
  • Nagesh Bhattu Sristy
  • Udaysankar Sen
  • Madhava Rao Cheetirala
  • Rajarao Tadimeti
  • Satheesh Konidala
  • Amitabha Ghosh
  • Chandramouli B. N.
  • Manjusha N. Gedam


Email: bodhi[AT] dsl [dot] serc [dot] iisc [dot] ernet [dot] in