Designing Usable Bioinformatics Tools for Specialized Users

  • Chanaka MannapperumaEmail author
  • Nathaniel Street
  • John Waterworth
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 918)


Visualization - the process of interpreting data into visual forms - is increasingly important in science as data grows rapidly in volume and complexity. A common challenge faced by many biologists is how to benefit from this data deluge without being overwhelmed by it. Here, our main interest is in the visualization of genomes, sequence alignments, phylogenies and systems biology data. Bringing together new technologies, including design theory, and applying them into the above three areas in biology will improve the usability and user interaction. The main goal of this paper is to apply design principles to make bioinformatics resources, evaluate them using different usability methods, and provide recommended steps to design usable tools.


User experience designing Participatory design Bioinformatics 



Special thanks to all the participants assisting voluntarily with the survey, observation and interviews. We thank Anna Croon Fors and Hannele Tuominen for extensive support and feedback. We are also very grateful to PlantGenIE and UPSC Bioinformatics teams for helping with the design and development of tools and Niklas Mähler for the design of Figure 3.0.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chanaka Mannapperuma
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nathaniel Street
    • 1
  • John Waterworth
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Plant PhysiologyUmeå Plant Science CentreUmeåSweden
  2. 2.Department of InformaticsUmeå UniversityUmeåSweden

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