From Post-its to trellits: Making real project work virtual Post-it notes are great for so many things – but they are not easy to work with remotely.  In our bi-monthly EMBL-EBI Project Management Network meeting, we looked at some of the best free tools for sharing information digitally amongst team members and collaborators. Each tool may have a different purpose, but the theme is the same: making real, practical project-planning tasks virtual.   1. BoardThing Capturing, organising and sharing exploratory information Qualitative findings are messy,…Continue Reading “Three awesome digital project management tools”

diversity seminar leadership

What can female heads of state teach us about diversity in leadership? Today’s sketchnote features highlights from a thought-provoking seminar by American author and speaker, Laura Liswood.  Laura is Secretary General of the Council of Women World Leaders and Senior Advisor at Goldman Sachs.  Her perspective on women in leadership is unique as she is the only person to have had face-to-face interviews with all 15 female prime ministers and presidents, including of course, Margaret Thatcher.  Here is a sketch of some of the highlights…Continue Reading “Seminar: “The Loudest Duck” by Laura Liswood”

The problem with names… Years ago, I remember looking at Facebook for the first time to set up an account and typing in “Jenny Cham” to see if there were other people already using the same name.  There were loads of other girls – mostly of Chinese origin actually – with exactly the same name as me, with search results spanning over several pages.  This was a bit annoying, but at least in this context once I set up my account my friends could work…Continue Reading “Why you need an ORCID”

In September 2014, fellow UX-in-Science aficionado Paula de Matos and I presented a ‘think tank’ session on intellectual property at the UX Cambridge conference. This post recaps what we learned and includes feedback from a representative of the European Patent Office, and a local lawyer who contacted us after the event.  We feel this is a really important – and under-represented –  topic for UX so I hope you find this post helpful.  Please tweet us with comments (@JenniferCham, @Paula_deMatos). Enjoy! Why should user experience…Continue Reading “Exploring issues around intellectual property in user experience…Are we burying our heads in the sand?”

Visualization Analysis & Design – A tutorial As you probably already know, I work in user experience in a complex data environment, so I feel that it’s important to know (at least superficially) about “Data Visualisation” (aka “vis”).  To this end, I recently attended a full day tutorial given by Prof. Tamara Munzner from the Department of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia, Canada.  I sketchnoted frantically, as there was a lot of ground to cover, and I used Tamara’s comprehensive slide sets…Continue Reading “A peek into the world of data visualisation with Prof. Munzner”

A post about learning from experience… Subtle and tricky things about running workshops I just watched an inspiring video about a recent science-meets-art, hands-on workshop that looked really exciting and productive, and it got me thinking about workshops again. I’ve actually learned a lot of subtle and tricky things that go beyond the basic rules on running interactive workshops I’ve written about before. So (you lucky things!) I have put together 10+ NOT SO Simple Rules on Running Interactive Workshops for you, based on my…Continue Reading “My 10 *NOT SO SIMPLE* Rules on Running Interactive Workshops”

Sketchnoting Science Stuff Last week I attended a couple of interesting bioinformatics seminars: one about the burgeoning EBI RDF platform (www.ebi.ac.uk/rdf/platform) was described by Andy Jenkinson of EMBL-EBI…   …and the other from Dr Lee Harland of Connected Discovery, who gave a talk about the current status – and next steps – of the OpenPHACTS project.   Techie Target Audience Both talks were on a similar theme, namely how we can better link publicly-available biological data of different types, which spread across different databases.  The…Continue Reading “Latest bioinformatics sketchnotes…”

10 simple rules

I’m very happy to say that PLoS Computational Biology Journal have just published our latest article: “Ten Simple Rules for Running Interactive Workshops”.  Our piece is this month’s featured paper too, which we are thrilled about! (Issue front page is here.)     What’s it about? Well, it’s kind of self-explanatory, but let me explain why we wrote it.  Colleagues at the EBI often ask me how to go about planning a workshop; for example, they may need to gather feedback from users, to brainstorm…Continue Reading “Paper: Ten Simple Rules for Running Interactive Workshops”

Attitudes towards sharing IFs

This past Friday on the Genome Campus, Dr Anna Middleton of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute gave an interesting seminar about the method and findings of a survey she had delivered about genome ethics. I was interested because I use surveys in my work to understand people’s attitudes towards and experience of websites, but also because I care about how genomics is perceived or experienced by people both within and outside of science. Creating an engaging survey experience A unique aspect of Anna’s survey was…Continue Reading “Survey talk: Attitudes towards sharing incidental findings from genome research”

I’ve just realised that I never blogged about the article on user experience that was featured in EMBL’s newsletter last year.  The piece was actually published in the October 2013 issue of EMBL&cetera, but it is still available online. Some more background info from me… The first explicit role in user experience at the EBI was the position I took up at the end of 2009.  Since then (without blowing our own trumpets too hard) I think that the work of Francis Rowland (who also…Continue Reading “Status of UX at the European Bioinformatics Institute”