I’m really pleased to mention that my talk ‘Designing with the user in mind: how UCD can work for bioinformatics‘ has been selected for the Highlights Track at the ISMB/ECCB 2013 conference.  This conference is the 21st Annual International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology/ 12th European Conference on Computational Biology, and it takes place on July 19-23, at the Messe Berlin (ICC Berlin), Germany. The highlights track is about presenting exciting, novel, and field-shaping work, which admittedly is a bit daunting, but…Continue Reading “Highlights talk at ISMB/ECCB Berlin in July”

Today’s news is that the latest article I have co-authored has just been published in BMC Bioinformatics (e-published before final formatting): de Matos P, Cham JA, et al. (2013) Enzyme Portal: a case study in applying user-centred design methods in bioinformatics. BMC Bioinformatics 14: 103 It’s the first ‘how to’ guide for applying user-centred design (UCD) to websites for bioinformatics. Hurrah! So what is the article about? I believe that as a community, bioinformatics is notorious for producing hard-to-use, often technical, software that turns off…Continue Reading “Real world user-centred design (UCD): case study from the European Bioinformatics Institute”

  I’m happy to let you know that our article on EMBL-EBI’s Enzyme Portal has been published in Nucleic Acids Research journal this week (November 21st). Enzyme Portal is a new EBI website that integrates various types of publicly-available information about proteins with enzymatic activity, such as enzymes and protein receptors.  This information includes 3D protein structures, reactions & pathways, small molecules (such as drug-like compounds) and links to relevant scientific literature.  It was developed using user-centered design techniques, which we describe briefly in this…Continue Reading “Article published in Nucleic Acids Research”

I’m really happy to announce that our latest article on user experience in bioinformatics has just been published in peer-reviewed open access journal, PLoS Computational Biology. The citation is PLoS Comput Biol 8(7): e1002554. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002554 Thanks to everyone involved – especially to Katrina, who carried out the interviews with myself and Paula, and put a lot of the manuscript together.  We hope this article is just the start of a trend towards more user experience-related articles in bioinformatics and in the wider life sciences community. …Continue Reading “Bioinformatics Meets User-Centred Design: A Perspective”