Structures of life : the role of molecular structures in scientists' work

Vyas, Dhaval, Kulyk, Olga, van der Vet, Paul, Nijholt, Anton, & van der Veer, Gerrit C. (2008) Structures of life : the role of molecular structures in scientists' work. In Jorge, Joaquim (Ed.) Proceedings of the 15th European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics : the Ergonomics of Cool Interaction, ACM, Madeira, Portugal.

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The visual and multidimensional representations like images and graphical structures related to biology provide great insights into understanding the complexities of different organisms. Especially, life scientists use different representations of molecular structures to answer biological questions and to better understand cellular processes. Combining results from two field studies, we explore the role of molecular structures in life scientists’ current work from a humanfactors perspective. Our main conclusion is that different representations of molecular structures, due to their visual nature, are important for supporting collaboration, constructing new knowledge and supporting scientists’ professional activities in general.

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ID Code: 69510
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Life sciences, Molecular structures, HCI, Design
DOI: 10.1145/1473018.1473034
ISBN: 9781605583990
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 ACM
Deposited On: 28 Mar 2014 03:35
Last Modified: 12 May 2014 09:10

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