Computing at Glasgow University
Paper ID: 8510
DCS Tech Report Number: TR-2007-244

Usability of VisGenome and Ensembl - A User Study
Jakubowska,J. McClure,J. Hunt,E. Chalmers,M.

Publication Type: Tech Report (internal)
Appeared in: DCS Technical Report Series
Page Numbers : 50
Publisher: Dept of Computing Science, University of Glasgow
Year: 2007

We focus on the usability of genome browsers. In response to new requirements, we developed a browser which shows genetic data in overview and detail. An experiment involving biomedical researchers compared the new browser, VisGenome, and Ensembl. The study consisted of three search tasks and a questionnaire. It showed that neither of the visualisations is perfect. However, the subjects were more successful in VisGenome, and they liked the mouse manipulation offering improved navigation through biological data.

Keywords: Genome Visualisation, Large Data Sets, User Study.

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