EMBL-EBI has launched a unique search service that makes it easier for life scientists to browse vast stores of publicly available biological data and related information. With more than 300 million entries indexed and updated daily, the search provides an efficient gateway to all of the major EBI data collections. Find out more about searching the EBI (PDF).
My colleague, Jenny Cham, led the user experience analysis which fed into the development of this enhanced search service, and I helped out with some of the user interviews and usability testing sessions that were carried out as part of this.
Observing a wide range of scientists, working at different institutions, gave us a lot of insights into what works and what makes sense to them, and they helped us develop the prototypes into what you see on the EBI website today.