New industry research inspired by a Pistoia Alliance initiative Since March 2016 I have been involved in an exciting new Pistoia Alliance group called User Experience for Life Sciences (UXLS).  It’s a collaborative project looking into UX for scientific software in Life Sciences R&D. We are a dynamic bunch of User Experience Designers and professionals, with a passion for improving the experience of using software for scientific research in life science R&D.  (See more about us in my post about our recent face-to-face workshop).  My latest…Continue Reading “UX Design: maximising the value of scientific software in life science R&D”

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?”

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”

At a recent talk by Elspeth Bruford entitled “Gene naming in the past, present and future“,  I learned about the process for naming genes. Elspeth works in the HUPO Gene Nomenclature Committe (HGNC) team, which is based at EMBL-EBI.  Check out the website where you can find out more about HGNC’s work.

Paula de Matos and I are looking forward to presenting a session on ‘complex UX’ at the UX Cambridge 2013 conference next week.  The conference is being held at Churchill College, Cambridge and includes a UX bake off social event at Cambridge Regional College (see pictures from last year). We hope you can make our session on Thursday (Day 2) Our session is a tutorial taking place on Thursday 5th Sept at 3.45pm.  Some of the material we cover is based on our recent peer-reviewed…Continue Reading “Suvival Guide for Complex UX: our tutorial at UX Cambridge, 4-6 Sept 2013”

Today I gave a talk at the ISMB/ECCB 2013 Conference in Berlin, and I would like to share the sketchnote of the talk with you.  This was sketched by my colleague Francis Rowland (whilst I practised my talk before attending the conference). Ten simple rules… When I was preparing for my talk I found these ten tips on giving an oral presentation very helpful. There is also a similar article with tips for posters too (see my ISMB poster). Presentation Blurb It is recognised that bioinformatics…Continue Reading “‘Designing with the user in mind’ – Sketchnote for my ISMB Conference Talk”

  I love Adobe InDesign, and my latest creation using it is a poster that I will be presenting at ISMB/ECCB 2013 (International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology/ European Conference on Computational Biology), which is taking place between July 19 and 23 in Berlin. The poster tells the story of the EBI website redesign The poster is a timeline showing the process we used to redesign the EBI website from start to finish (although it’s never really finished!)  As far as possible, we…Continue Reading “Improving the EMBL-EBI online experience: a poster on the EBI website ‘rethink’”