Monday 7 April: Visualising information Session 1
We present Sequence Bundles — a new method for visualising bioinformatics data.
Developments in automation and computerisation in recent decades allowed scientists to collect large amounts of data in fields such as molecular biology, genetics, physics, astronomy, etc. Hence, some of these disciplines became heavily exploration-driven and focused on detailed analysis of data sets. Information visualisation is the study that capitalises on computer processing power and novel ways of graphical (often interactive) representation to make it possible to understand these large sets of abstract data cognitively.
Sequence Bundles present sequence alignment data in a straightforward and holistic manner. By representing abstract protein information as a multiple overlay of plotted lines, we manage to visualise patterns and trends, which are otherwise difficult to notice and follow. This method is well suited to high-throughput and exploration-driven visualisations to assist contemporary research, where the importance on custom-made and dynamic visual analytics tools is constantly growing.
Our talk will present the development of Sequence Bundles and the motivation for designers’ collaboration with scientists. Using Sequence Bundles as our case study, we will also explain how we worked on the project and what the designers' role can mean in other interdisciplinary projects similar to Sequence Bundles.
The Science Practice team of Marek Kultys, James King (a speculative and interaction designer), and Lydia Nicholas (a digital anthropologist and a developer) developed Sequence Bundles in close collaboration with scientists as a submission for the BioVis 2013 Redesign Contest, where it was awarded an honourable mention.