Structures of Life: The Role of Molecular Structures in Scientists' Work

Dhaval Vyas, Olga Anatoliyivna Kulyk, P.E. van der Vet, Antinus Nijholt, Gerrit C. van der Veer

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    Abstract

    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 human-factors 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.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publication15th European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics
    EditorsJ Jorge
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
    Pages58-61
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Print)978-1-60558-399-0
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 16 Sep 2008
    Event15th European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics, ECCE 2008 - Madeira, Portugal
    Duration: 16 Sep 200819 Sep 2008
    Conference number: 15

    Publication series

    Name
    PublisherACM
    NumberDTR08-9

    Conference

    Conference15th European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics, ECCE 2008
    Abbreviated titleECCE
    CountryPortugal
    CityMadeira
    Period16/09/0819/09/08

    Keywords

    • EWI-13097
    • IR-64889
    • METIS-251096
    • HMI-HF: Human Factors

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