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Title: A user-orientated electronic laboratory notebook for the retrieval of scientific provenance grounded in EUROCHAMP-2 community
Author: Zaki, Zulkifly Mohd
ISNI:       0000 0004 2746 6353
Awarding Body: University of Leeds
Current Institution: University of Leeds
Date of Award: 2012
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Data is particularly valuable to scientists when details of its provenance are known. The traditional means of capturing provenance of experimental work is a scientist's personal laboratory notebook. The process is often ad-hoc and its content unstructured, making it hard to share the underlying scientific thoughts with other scientists. A better alternative to this traditional method of capturing provenance is now possible by using Electronic Laboratory Notebooks (ELNs) [1]. This research is concerned with deploying a user-orientated Electronic Laboratory Notebook (uELN) system within a scientific community. The uELN system supported the capture and retrieval of simulation data describing the provenance of the modelling activities of scientists within that community. The research was grounded within the atmospheric chemistry community. The uELN system involved the automatic capture of data concerning the modelling process together with inline annotations added by the modeller explaining the reasoning for modelling decisions at each step of the process. A full realisation of the uELN system was built for the atmospheric chemistry community. An ontology (in OWL) was used to ensure the specific terminology of the community was used within the provenance data and also that it was used consistently. The architecture included a dynamic graphic interface that allows the modeller to view hislher modelling history. This was recorded as a set of nodes each pointing to the stored provenance data associated with a specific simulation run. In addition, there was an innovative mechanism that enabled the modeller to navigate through the various nodes. The navigation process supported comparisons between different nodes: a facility that users found particularly valuable. Two types of user-centred evaluations (i.e. formative and summative) were undertaken with members of the atmospheric chemistry community. In formative evaluation, the usability of uELN design was improved. In summative evaluation, a two-day workshop was conducted. This confirmed the value of the uELN to the modellers and it is now being introduced more widely across the modelling community.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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