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Guest Speaker: Roy Ruddle – Navigation in information spaces, and using giga-pixel displays to visualize biological data

14 Jun

We are very happy to announce Roy Ruddle as our next guest speaker. Roy is a Reader in Interactive Systems, and a member of the Visualization and Virtual Reality research group at the University of Leeds.

WHEN: June 18th, 14h00

WHERE: M203 (the function room next to Murray’s restaurant), Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton

TITLE: Navigation in information spaces, and using giga-pixel displays to visualize biological data
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Guest Speakers: Miriah Meyer and Bang Wong – Visual Representation of Science for Communication and Research

31 May

We are very happy to announce Miriah Meyer and Bang Wong as our next guest speakers. They will give a joint talk about visual representation of science for communication and research. Miriah and Bang have initiated the Data Visualization Initiative at the Broad Institute.

WHEN: June 7th, 14h00 (since we will have two speakers this talk will run slightly longer than usual)

WHERE: M203 (the function room next to Murray’s restaurant), Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton

TITLE: Visual Representation of Science for Communication and Research

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Tutorial: Matias Piipari – Cocoa for Scientists

17 May
We are very happy to announce a Cocoa tutorial by Matias Piipari from the Sanger Institute. Matias has created iMotifs (, a sequence motif editor and analysis environment for Mac OS X and some pretty cool iPhone apps (
This will be a great opportunity to find out how to get started with your own Mac OS X development.
WHEN: May 20, 14h00 – 15h00
WHERE: A2-33 (EBI)

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PLoS ONE Article on Evaluation of a Literature Search Engine for the Biosciences

15 Apr

A paper describing the evaluation of BioText, a search engine for Open Access Journals that displays figures from the papers directly in the search results, has been published in PLoS ONE yesterday:

Divoli A, Wooldridge MA, Hearst MA (2010) Full Text and Figure Display Improves Bioscience Literature Search. PLoS ONE 5(4):e9619.

The paper is an great example of how a (search) website for bioscience research can be evaluated. It describes a user study with 20 participants and concludes that bioscience literature search engines should provide figures from articles in the search results and that not only abstract, title and meta data should be search but also figure captions and the full text of the articles.

BioText is the work of Marti Hearst’s group at UC Berkeley, who recently published a book called “Search User Interfaces“. Francis wrote a mini review of the book earlier this year.

Guest Speaker: Cydney Nielsen – Complementing Computation with Visualization in Genomics

16 Feb

We are very happy to announce Cydney Nielsen from the BC Cancer Agency’s Genome Sciences Centre in Vancouver, Canada, as our next guest speaker.

WHEN: March 11th, 15h00

WHERE: M203 (the function room next to Murray’s restaurant), Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton

TITLE: Complementing Computation with Visualization in Genomics

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Data Visualization Covered by the News Media

3 Dec

With ever increasing amounts of digital data in the public domain and the need for visualizations to interpret, communicate and explore these data, it was only a question of time until the popular media would pick up the topic.

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Chat + coffee

28 Oct

If you have something Interfaces related that you’d like to chat about, how about we get together for a coffee, over at the DiNA café, 10h45, Friday, October 30th?

I have recently been to the IEEE VisWeek conference and I’ll be happy to tell you about some interesting papers that have been presented there.

Manuel Lima’s Information Visualization Manifesto

22 Sep

Manuel Lima, who is behind the Visual Complexity project, recently posted an Information Visualization Manifesto, which has created quite some stir in the info vis blogosphere. The manifesto is a list of ten principles or guidelines that he recommends info vis practitioner’s should follow. And while his proposed guidelines overall have resonated well in the community, his attempt to separate information visualization from what he calls “information art” has lead to a heated debate.
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EMBO Workshop on Visualizing Biological Data (VizBi)

14 Sep
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VizBi Workshop Poster

A primary way that biologists interact with their data is through visualization systems, ranging from simple, stand-alone methods to complex, integrated software packages. However, the sheer volume and diversity of both data and of visualization systems presents an increasing challenge for biologists.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together, for the first time, researchers developing and using systems to visualize a broad range of biological data, including sequences, genomes, phylogenies, macromolecular structures, systems biology, microscopy, and magnetic resonance imaging. In selecting topics for this workshop, we have focused on the visualization of processed and annotated data in their biological context, rather than the processing of raw data.
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