Improving re-use of informal information through the creation of an Engineering Electronic Logbook (EEL): a demonstrator

Hamish C McAlpine, Ben Hicks, Stephen Culley

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Abstract

Electronic logbooks (e-logbooks or e-notebooks) are used extensively in other domains - most notably the pharmaceutical industry - to good effect. However, despite a number of attempts over the last decade, engineers have resisted making the transition from their trusted paper logbooks. Reasons for this include a lack of understanding about how and why engineers use logbooks and a lack of appropriate software and hardware. In order to explore these issues, user-centric studies of engineers and their logbooks have been undertaken. From these studies a set of fundamental requirements have been developed that provide the basis for the creation of an Engineering Electronic Logbook (EEL). A demonstrator based on the Tablet PC platform to evaluate the information management aspects these requirements is then presented, together with details of how it is currently being evaluated. The contribution of this paper is a new information management strategy for e-logbooks - which has been derived from analysing existing paper-based logbooks and the note-taking practices of engineers - and its embodiment in a demonstrator for evaluation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference 2009, DETC2009
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Pages843-850
Number of pages8
Volume2
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-7918-3856-3
ISBN (Print)9780791848999
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event2009 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, DETC2009, August 30, 2009 - September 2, 2009 - San Diego, CA, USA United States
Duration: 1 Jan 2010 → …

Conference

Conference2009 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, DETC2009, August 30, 2009 - September 2, 2009
CountryUSA United States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period1/01/10 → …

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    McAlpine, H. C., Hicks, B., & Culley, S. (2010). Improving re-use of informal information through the creation of an Engineering Electronic Logbook (EEL): a demonstrator. In Proceedings of the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference 2009, DETC2009 (Vol. 2, pp. 843-850). [DETC2009-87308] American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2009-87308