Challenges in developing medicinal plant databases for sharing ethnopharmacological knowledge
Cooperative Behavior, databases, Ethnobotany, Ethnopharmacology, Factual, Factual: standards, Humans, Information Dissemination, Knowledge Bases, Medicinal, Phytotherapy, Plant Preparations, Plant Preparations: pharmacology, Plant Preparations: therapeutic use, Plants
Major research contributions in ethnopharmacology have generated vast amount of data associated with medicinal plants. Computerized databases facilitate data management and analysis making coherent information available to researchers, planners and other users. Web-based databases also facilitate knowledge transmission and feed the circle of information exchange between the ethnopharmacological studies and public audience. However, despite the development of many medicinal plant databases, a lack of uniformity is still discernible. Therefore, it calls for defining a common standard to achieve the common objectives of ethnopharmacology.