Sticks, balls or a ribbon? Results of a formative user study with bioinformaticians

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Kulyk, O. and Wassink, I. and Vet, P.E. van der and Veer, G.C. van der and Dijk, E.M.A.G. van (2008) Sticks, balls or a ribbon? Results of a formative user study with bioinformaticians. [Report]

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Abstract:User interfaces in modern bioinformatics tools are designed for experts. They are too complicated for
novice users such as bench biologists. This report presents the full results of a formative user study as part of a
domain and requirements analysis to enhance user interfaces and collaborative environments for
multidisciplinary teamwork. Contextual field observations, questionnaires and interviews with bioinformatics
researchers of different levels of expertise and various backgrounds were performed in order to gain insight into
their needs and working practices. The analysed results are presented as a user profile description and user
requirements for designing user interfaces that support the collaboration of multidisciplinary research teams in
scientific collaborative environments. Although the number of participants limits the generalisability of the
findings, the combination of recurrent observations with other user analysis techniques in real-life settings
makes the contribution of this user study novel.
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