eBat: A Technologyenriched Life Sciences Research Community Conference Paper uri icon


  • AbstractWe are leveraging Webbased technology to create an online community for Life Science research. Our prototype community for cardiovascular research with live bats, called eBat, consists of local researchers as well as remote collaborators. The eBat project offers scientists and students a remotecontrolled microscope for conducting experiments, a message board and a chat system for scheduled as well as spontaneous communication, and an online peerreviewed manuscript repository. In this paper, we report our observations of the use of the eBat infrastructure by local researchers over a period of six months. Resident researchers quickly adopted the eBat infrastructure. eBat technology has now become an indispensable part of the local research group and is used extensively for coordination, communication, and awareness. eBat complements facetoface interactions well and has resulted in improved communication amongst lab members. We are currently exploring the extension of eBat technology to include distant researchers in live cardiovascular research experiments. We discuss our initial experiences with adapting the eBat infrastructure for researchatadistance and the lessons learned from these initial interactions.

published proceedings

  • Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science and Technology

author list (cited authors)

  • Nordt, M., Meisner, J., Dongaonkar, R., Quick, C., Gatson, S., Karadkar, U. P., & Furuta, R.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Nordt, Marlo||Meisner, Josh||Dongaonkar, Ranjeet||Quick, Christopher||Gatson, Sarah||Karadkar, Unmil P||Furuta, Richard

publication date

  • January 2006