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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 (2006) ButterflyNet: A Mobile Capture and Access System for Field Biology Research. In: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2006), April 22-27, 2006, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


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Through a study of field biology practices, we observed that biology fieldwork generates a wealth of heterogeneous information, requiring substantial labor to coordinate and distill. To manage this data, biologists leverage a diverse set of tools, organizing their effort in paper notebooks. These observations motivated ButterflyNet, a mobile capture and access system that integrates paper notes with digital photographs captured during field research. Through ButterflyNet, the activity of leafing through a notebook expands to browsing all associated digital photos. ButterflyNet also facilitates the transfer of captured content to spreadsheets, enabling biologists to share their work. A first-use study with 14 biologists found this system to offer rich data capture and transformation, in a manner felicitous with current practice.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Mobile capture and access, augmented paper notebook.
Subjects:Computer Science > Mobile Computing
Related URLs:Project Homepage
ID Code:853
Deposited By:Import Account
Deposited On:15 Jan 2006 16:00
Last Modified:19 Dec 2008 10:43

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