A workshop to explore both the design needs for EScience, and the implications of designing for eScience

When and Where?

The National EScience Center
Edinburgh, Scotland
January 26-27 (Thurs-Friday) 2006

EXTENSION Workshop Submission Date: November 04.
Notification of Acceptance: Nov. 15

Types of Submissions:

  • Position Papers: 1000-4000 words
  • Full Papers 6000 - 10,000 words

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.

Registration is FREE and will be handled by NeSC. Please see http://www.nesc.ac.uk/esi/events/613/ for registration.


Workshop Schedule - Word File (.doc) (REVISED -THURS very early am FEB 26)
Workshop Schedule - Adobe PDF File (.pdf) (REVISED -THURS very early am FEB 26)

So What is This About?

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.


  • New Forms of Global Communities. How do we maximise the use of e-Science technologies and applications to support new forms of scientific community?
  • Trust and Ethics. How do we handle the ethical and policy issues to emerge from the use of an e-Science infrastructure?
  • Knowledge Production. How do we exploit an e-Science infrastructure and techniques to support scientists’ expertise, new research methods and new forms of knowledge production?
  • Design, Assessment and Management. How can we best assess e-Science technologies and applications, and use this assessment to guide the design and management of these Systems?

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:

  • Improving the ability of e-Science systems to support the cooperative work of (globally distributed) scientists.
  • Improving the effectiveness of tools that represent and support the work of scientists.
  • Increasing the level of trust we can have in a research process underpinned by e-Science systems.
  • Increasing the effectiveness of e-Science researchers through the development of new interface techniques and representations of scientific information.
  • Developing an understanding of the ethical issues within e-Science and the development of approaches to the management these ethical issues.
  • Developing sustainable models of adoption and use which support and encourage the uptake of e-Science facilities.
  • Developing new techniques and facilities to support the configuration and management of e-Science facilities to meet the needs of scientists.

Participants: Who Are You?

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.

Invited Speakers

Support for Travel

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,

  • if you require travel support
  • whether you anticipate needing support for travel or accomodation or both
  • what kind of paper you will be submitting
  • where you will be travelling from
  • if you are a student, and at what university.

Workshop Programme Committee

  • mc schraefel
  • Sacha Brostoff
  • Marina Jirotka