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Heuristic Evaluations of Bioinformatics Tools: A Development Case

  • Barbara Mirel
  • Zach Wright
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5610)

Abstract

Heuristic evaluations are an efficient low cost method for identifying usability problems in a biomedical research tool. Combining the results of these evaluations with findings from user models based on biomedical scientists’ research methods guided and prioritized the design and development process of these tools and resulted in improved usability. Incorporating heuristic evaluations and user models into the larger organizational practice led to increased awareness of usability across disciplines.

Keywords

Usability heuristic evaluation biomedical research organizational learning user models 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbara Mirel
    • 1
  • Zach Wright
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MichiganUSA

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