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Breaking the book: translating the chemistry lab book into a pervasive computing lab environment

schraefel, mc, Hughes, G., Mills, H., Smith, G., Payne, T. and Frey, J. (2004) Breaking the book: translating the chemistry lab book into a pervasive computing lab environment In Proceedings of CHI 2004. CHI..

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The UK e-Science programme is relying on the evolution of the paper lab book into a pervasive data gathering lab system. To date take up of existing commercial or research lab book replacement systems has not been great. In this paper, we reconsider both the role of the lab book in the experimental cycle, as well as its affective and experiential properties as an artefact, in order to design an e-Science lab book that will be acceptable to the scientists who will use it. To this end we combined and extended existing design analysis models in order to assess the artefact functionally and experientially. We present the approach we developed, the prototype we designed based on our analysis, and the results of the formative study we performed of the artefact in real use. We show that our design elicitation method strongly contributed to the success of our prototype’s take up.

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Published date: 2004
Venue - Dates: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2004, Austria, 2004-04-24 - 2004-04-29
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Keywords: design methods, eScience, pervasive computing


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Date deposited: 07 Jun 2005
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:44

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Author: mc schraefel
Author: G. Hughes
Author: H. Mills
Author: G. Smith
Author: T. Payne
Author: J. Frey ORCID iD

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