Ethnographic notes on visualization practices in tissue engineering

Vyas, Dhaval (2012) Ethnographic notes on visualization practices in tissue engineering. Cognition, Technology and Work, 15(4), pp. 373-388.

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Visual information is central to several of the scientific disciplines. This paper studies how scientists working in a multidisciplinary field produce scientific evidence through building and manipulating scientific visualizations. Using ethnographic methods, we studied visualization practices of eight scientists working in the domain of tissue engineering research. Tissue engineering is an upcoming field of research that deals with replacing or regenerating human cells, tissues, or organs to restore or establish normal function. We spent 3 months in the field, where we recorded laboratory sessions of these scientists and used semi-structured interviews to get an insight into their visualization practices. From our results, we elicit two themes characterizing their visualization practices: multiplicity and physicality. In this article, we provide several examples of scientists’ visualization practices to describe these two themes and show that multimodality of such practices plays an important role in scientific visualization.

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ID Code: 69393
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: HCI, Ethnography, Tissue engineering, Visualization practices, Regenerative medicine
DOI: 10.1007/s10111-012-0238-3
ISSN: 1435-5558
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: The Author 2012.
Copyright Statement: This article is published under a CC-BY Creative Commons Attribution Licence.
Deposited On: 27 Mar 2014 02:41
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2014 03:54

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