A workshop to explore both the design needs for EScience, and the implications of designing for eScience
The National EScience Center
January 26-27 (Thurs-Friday) 2006
EXTENSION Workshop Submission Date: November 04.
Notification of Acceptance: Nov. 15
Types of Submissions:
Email LINKS to the PDF of your paper (no attachments, please) to
"escience_usability_workshop at yahoo.co.uk".
Submissions are now closed; papers and a schedule will be posted soon
While not mandatory, we encourage everyone interested in participating to submit a position paper (1000 words position papers most welcome!). These will be made available on the web site to all conference participants in advance of the workshop in order to get a sense of participant perspective.
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 Usability Design.
Tackling these research questions outlines a research agenda that will require significant progress to be made in terms of new methods, tools and techniques to support those who design, develop and use e-Science systems. This research will have significant benefits for the e-Science community including:
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 humanities, and social sciences working in the area of the philosophy, literature, 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 and social context.
We have some travel budget available to help support those interested to make it to the workshop. The requirements for support is: acceptance of a paper. If there are funds remaining after full papers have been accepted we will move towards offering funds for position paper participants.
Please let us know as soon as possible, if you are interested in participating in the event,