ButterflyNet: a mobile capture and access system for field biology research

  • Yeh R
  • Liao C
  • Klemmer S
  • 113


    Mendeley users who have this article in their library.
  • 132


    Citations of this article.


Through a study of field biology practices, we observed that biology fieldwork generates a wealth of qualitative and quantitative information requiring substantial labor to coor- dinate and distill. Biologists rely on their notebooks as the primary record of observations, plans, measurements, and results. These observations motivated ButterflyNet, a sys- tem that integrates paper notes with information explicitly captured and ambiently available in field sites: digital pho- tographs, sensor network data, and GPS. Through Butter- flyNet, the activity of leafing through a notebook expands to browsing all synchronously created media. Butter- flyNet’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.

Author-supplied keywords

  • and reliability
  • books remain the medium
  • for their high level
  • networking
  • of
  • of choice
  • paper note-
  • portability
  • readability
  • the field
  • we have seen in
  • without reliable power or

Get free article suggestions today

Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research

Sign up here
Already have an account ?Sign in

Find this document


  • R Yeh

  • Chunyuan Liao

  • S Klemmer

Cite this document

Choose a citation style from the tabs below

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free