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  • Hi everyone, and welcome to this Bioconference Live presentation on mobile apps for scientists. Today I am going to be talking about apps for scientists that can be used on mobile devices . . . like this one. My name is Rory Macneil, and I’m from Axiope. We provide an electronic lab notebook that includes a sample management capability, and you can use it on an iPad. It’s called eCAT. As part of the presentation I’m going to show you eCAT on the iPad in action, and how it’s useful in the lab. Let me get started by setting the scene with an overview of what we’ll be covering today. Please fire away with questions at any time during the presentation. I may respond to a question as it comes in, or if it looks as if it’s going to interrupt the flow I will hold off and answer the question in the Q&A session at the end. Also please feel free to identify yourself and let me know what your particular interest in the presentation is. I’ll try to cover things in a way that makes the presentation relevant to your interest.
  • So, here’s a quick overview of what we’re going to cover today.
  •   3 Categories Biology Chemistry Electronics Geology Journals Mathematics Medicine Nature Physics Reference Management Scientific collaboration tools Multidisciplinary Mobile Developers Tools 5 Publications and Presentations 6 App of the Month 7 What Apps are Missing?
  • Molecular Materials Informatics – Alan Clark Mobile molecular datasheet is flagship Others, e.g. Reaction101 , which allows editing of a chemical reaction, consisting of reactants, products and reagents, which are defined by structures, names and stoichiometry.
  • So that’s an example of the kind of application that’s coming soon. It takes advantage of the development of mobile platforms to enable much richer use of mobile devices encompassing a broader range of research activities.
  • Thanks for listening. Now I’d like to turn to questions. I’ll start with ones that have already come in, but feel free to ask more as we get into the Q&A.
  • Mobile apps for scientists

    1. 1. Mobile Apps for Scientists Bioconference Live October 2011 ©Axiope
    2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Setting the scene </li></ul><ul><li>Apps by discipline and function </li></ul><ul><li>A peak at what’s coming </li></ul><ul><li>Q&A </li></ul>©Axiope
    3. 3. What is a mobile app? ©Axiope “ A software application running on a tablet or smartphone”
    4. 4. What different kinds of apps are there? ©Axiope <ul><ul><ul><li>Dedicated mobile apps </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>iOS (Apple) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Android </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Windows (coming with Windows 8) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Web apps on mobile devices </li></ul></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Where to find mobile apps ©Axiope <ul><li>iTunes AppStore </li></ul><ul><li>Android Market and alternatives </li></ul><ul><li>Google </li></ul><ul><li>Specialized websites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://homepage.mac.com/swain/Macinchem/iPhone/mobile_apps.html </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.scimobileapps.com/ </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. How much do they cost? ©Axiope <ul><ul><ul><li>0 - $20 </li></ul></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Key variables ©Axiope Reading Input Consumption Production Extended activity Focussed activity Education Research
    8. 8. Tablets versus phones ©Axiope Production/Input Consumption/Reading It’s the screensize, stupid!
    9. 9. Overview <ul><li>Setting the scene </li></ul><ul><li>Apps by discipline and function </li></ul><ul><li>A peak at what’s coming </li></ul><ul><li>Q&A </li></ul>©Axiope
    10. 10. Types of apps <ul><li>Molecular design/manipulation </li></ul><ul><li>Interaction with databases </li></ul><ul><li>Calculations </li></ul><ul><li>Tools </li></ul>©Axiope
    11. 11. Molecular design/manipulation <ul><li>JS Draw </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Javascript chemical structure drawing tool </li></ul></ul><ul><li>iMolBuilder (3D) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>View, edit and draw molecules </li></ul></ul><ul><li>iMolDraw (2D) </li></ul>©Axiope
    12. 12. Molecular design/manipulation <ul><li>Mobile molecular datasheet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>View, edit and organise chemical structures </li></ul></ul>©Axiope
    13. 13. Interaction with databases <ul><li>Chemspider mobile </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mobile search client for the ChemSpider online database </li></ul></ul><ul><li>MObile reagents </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Access to 6 million molecules and 11 million product variations from more than 50 laboratory chemical suppliers </li></ul></ul>©Axiope
    14. 14. Interaction with databases <ul><li>iProtein </li></ul><ul><li>Survey TIP database by Sequence, Structure/Model, Site, Protein Family, and by co-complexed ligand </li></ul>©Axiope
    15. 15. Calculations <ul><li>ChemCal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chemistry concentration (molarity, moles per liter) and dilutions calculator </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Molweight </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Calculation of the molecular weight and other key properties of peptides and oligonucleotides  </li></ul></ul>©Axiope
    16. 16. Tools <ul><li>Primer Jot </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A molecular biology application for keeping track of oligos </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Florescence Spectraviewer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plot and compare spectra for fluorophores from Invitrogen </li></ul></ul>©Axiope
    17. 17. Tools eCAT electronic notebook/sample management ©Axiope
    18. 18. Overview <ul><li>Setting the scene </li></ul><ul><li>Apps by discipline and function </li></ul><ul><li>A peak at what’s coming </li></ul><ul><li>Q&A </li></ul>©Axiope
    19. 19. What’s coming next? ©Axiope <ul><li>Platforms with more capabilities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easier data entry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Higher resolution cameras </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Apps supporting complex actions </li></ul><ul><li>Cross-platform apps </li></ul><ul><li>More apps! </li></ul>
    20. 20. What does this mean? ©Axiope <ul><li>PC/Mac activity  mobile devices </li></ul><ul><li>Consumption  production </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile devices performing ‘hybrid’ functions </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile, app-centric orientation </li></ul>
    21. 21. Example problem Calf embryo biopsy sample workflow <ul><li>Take a sample from a cow, in a barn; no wifi </li></ul><ul><li>Place sample in container, e.g. test tube </li></ul><ul><li>Later, put the container in a freezer </li></ul><ul><li>Track sample, and its aliquots, and document things that happen to them </li></ul>©Axiope
    22. 22. Today’s ‘solution’ <ul><li>Unstructured paper notes about sample </li></ul><ul><li>Reenter sample details in spreadsheet back at the lab </li></ul><ul><li>Manually enter freezer location details </li></ul><ul><li>Separately put notes about sample in a paper lab book </li></ul><ul><li>Keep updating notebook and spreadsheet </li></ul><ul><li>Later, place the container in a freezer </li></ul><ul><li>Track sample, and its aliquots, and document things that happen to them </li></ul>©Axiope
    23. 23. Result <ul><li>Time consuming and messy! </li></ul>©Axiope
    24. 24. Tomorrow’s solution: data collection and barcoding app <ul><li>Enter sample data in configurable form on any mobile device </li></ul><ul><li>Using keyboard, stylus or voice </li></ul><ul><li>Barcoding support </li></ul><ul><li>Works online and offline </li></ul><ul><li>The form syncs with eCAT </li></ul><ul><li>Back in the lab </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enter freezer location information and sample activity in the original form </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sample data links to experiment record in notebook </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Track samples, and document things that happen to them, on the form, through mobile devices, pc or mac </li></ul><ul><li>iOS and Android </li></ul><ul><li>Tablets and phones </li></ul>©Axiope
    25. 25. Result: Integrated solution <ul><li>Takes advantage of new mobile platform capabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s you work with the devices you want </li></ul><ul><li>Automatically syncs between devices </li></ul><ul><li>Starts with existing workflow </li></ul><ul><li>Saves time by </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Simplifying data entry at each step </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrating unconnected actions into a single process </li></ul></ul>©Axiope
    26. 26. A solution with broad application <ul><li>Vetmed, but also . . . </li></ul><ul><li>Horticulture/plant science </li></ul><ul><li>Forestry </li></ul><ul><li>Geology </li></ul><ul><li>Space </li></ul><ul><li>Clinical (home sample collection), and . . . </li></ul><ul><li>Freezers with no wifi! </li></ul>©Axiope
    27. 27. Overview <ul><li>Setting the scene </li></ul><ul><li>Apps by discipline and function </li></ul><ul><li>A peak at what’s coming </li></ul><ul><li>Q&A </li></ul>©Axiope
    28. 28. ©Axiope www.axiope.com [email_address] http://twitter.com/rory_macneil

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