Designing for e-Science: Interrogating new scientific practice for usability, in the lab and beyond

26 January, 06 10:00 AM - 27 January, 06 04:30 PM

e-Science Institute, 15 South College Street, , Edinburgh


Dr mc schraefel


Any slides or other material generated as a result of this event can be found at:

The e-Science community is deeply involved in developing services to support both shared computation and shared information in 21st Century science. As part of this development, the community is keen to convert laboratories to pervasive computing environments, where data generated in the lab can be captured and published automatically; where information generated can be combined and compared with other labs on demand, and provenance of all information can be readily discovered and used. This vision of the smart lab has come to be known as publication at source.

There are a variety of implications within this vision for usability design, from undesrtanding the requirements of tools to support new practice, to designing for support of new protocols of trust and privacy.

Beyond these challenges, the new practice of "e"Science has implications for the meaning of science in society: change the tools of practice, change the practice. What are the new models that will evolve for the communication, receptions and disclosure of science? How will the tools designed to support practice help negotiate communication?

The goal of this workshop is to provide a forum for presentation of new ideas and development of a community interested in the above questions. The workshop will have two main parts: the presentation of new findings in usability design for escience, from approaches in design to evaluations of techniques, and working group sessions to evolve and support a network of interdisciplinary scholarship interested in sharing findings, debating practice and collaborating on establishing an understanding of the practice and production of science in the 21st century, within and beyond its embodiment in the "smart" laboratory of the publication@source paradigm.

The outcomes from the workshop will form the basis of a special issue in the International Journal of Human Computer Studies on EScience Applications and Uability Design.

The two days will provide a mix of presentations and working sessions.

For submission criteria and deadlines please see
For more information contact mc+uws at

Please note that due to the recent fire at Southampton University ( the above contact address is currenly inoperative. Please send all submissions to in addition to the above address.

Target audience

We strongly encourage researchers from any aspect of the eScience and eSocial Science program to participate. In particular we are interested in exchanging ideas on designing for eScience.

We also encourage those in the arts and social sciences, working in the area of the philosophy, history, archaeology or sociology of Science to participate. We are keen to develop a better understanding of eScience in the context of history and work practice.


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Please note that the organisers will wish to contact attendees after the event.

The National e-Science Centre, e-Science Institute in Edinburgh is a centre for education and research for e-Science, and provides new state-of-the art facilities including an Access Grid system.


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Travel: The e-Science Institute is less than 15 minutes walk from Waverley rail station, and from St Andrews square bus stations. It is approximately 20 minutes by taxi from Edinburgh airport (40 minutes by bus). Please see our web site for a map of the area.

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