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Elucidating the Role and Use of Bioinformatics Software in Life Science Research

Life science research requires critical evaluation of data handling and analytical software usability. We present the results of semi-structured interviews which provide insight into the eff ects of bioinformatics software usability on life science research. Results from our study con firm much of the prior anecdotal evidence of standalone bioinformatics software usability. More importantly, we show that usability issues and life scientists' lack of expertise in applying computational methods to biological research is limiting their research objectives and contributing to researchers' reliance on computational experts to conduct their research.


Sarah Morrison-Smith, Christina Boucher, Andrea Bunt, and Jaime Ruiz. 2015. Elucidating the role and use of bioinformatics software in life science research. In Proceedings of the 2015 British HCI Conference (British HCI '15). ACM, 230-238


Andrea Bunt

Andrea Bunt


As well as: Sarah Morrison-Smith, Christina Boucher and Jaime Ruiz