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ButterflyNet: A Mobile Capture and Access System for Field Biology Research

Yeh, Ron B and Liao, Chunyuan and Klemmer, Scott R and Guimbretiere, Francois and Lee, Brian and Kakaradov, Boyko and Stamberger, Jeannie and Paepcke, Andreas (2005) ButterflyNet: A Mobile Capture and Access System for Field Biology Research. Technical Report. Stanford.

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Through a study of field biology practices, we observed that biology fieldwork generates a wealth of qualitative and quantitative information requiring substantial labor to coordinate and distill. Biologists rely on their notebooks as the primary record of observations, plans, measurements, and results. These observations motivated ButterflyNet, a system that integrates paper notes with information explicitly captured and ambiently available in field sites: digital photographs, sensor network data, and GPS. Through ButterflyNet, the activity of leafing through a notebook expands to browsing all synchronously created media. ButterflyNet's integrated interactions facilitate the transfer of notebook content to spreadsheets and maintain data lineage. It also enables biologists to share their work with other members of their lab. A first-use study with 14 biologists found this system to offer richer capture with minimal overhead, in a manner felicitous with current practice.

Item Type:Techreport (Technical Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Augmented notebook, mobile capture/access.
Related URLs:Project Homepage
ID Code:690
Deposited By:Import Account
Deposited On:25 Sep 2005 17:00
Last Modified:22 Dec 2008 18:52

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