JAX software engineers and scientists, led by Jake Emerson, partnered with the Roux and Northeastern’s Center for Design to devise and build a system that would meet the organization’s research needs. The Center for Design’s founding director, Paolo Ciuccarelli, is an internationally renowned expert in information design. His work makes complex data more accessible, understandable, and useful through dashboards, data visualizations, and other digital and non-digital data experiences. For this project, Ciuccarelli worked together with graduates from Northeastern’s information design and data visualization master’s program.
Working closely with JAX, the Northeastern team sought to create a digital user experience that could help JAX researchers find, explore, compare, and share each other’s experimental findings and digital resources. This was a key to the early development of a platform that, today, is JAX BioConnect. Over six months, the team aligned on the project goals, shared visualization ideas, and brainstormed how others would use and navigate through the system. The Northeastern team created myriad prototypes for evaluating and refining ideas. The success of this project was due to the close collaboration among JAX research scientists, scientific software engineers and experts across Northeastern University.