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Elsevier Launches 'Apps for Science' Challenge
Elsevier announced the launch of the “Apps for Science” challenge, an international competition challenging software developers to create customized applications for the SciVerse platform that enhance information search and discovery for researchers.
Elsevier is challenging developers in Australia, Germany, India, Japan, the Netherlands, the U.K., and the U.S. to create fully operational applications for the SciVerse platform. In combination with third party APIs and open data, applications can be created utilizing content APIs that enable integration with Elsevier’s full-text article database SciVerse ScienceDirect and abstract and citation database SciVerse Scopus.
A panel of judges will evaluate eligible entries. The first prize winner will be awarded a cash prize of $15,000; second place receives $10,000 and third place receives $5,000. The winner of the Popular Choice Award, determined by a public vote, will receive $5,000. In addition, two honorable mentions will each receive an Apple iPad.
The call for entries opens April 7 and the deadline for submissions closes July 31, 2011. Panel and public judging takes place Aug. 15 through Sept. 12, 2011 and the winners will be announced in October 2011. Entrants retain full ownership of the intellectual property of their solutions and may add them to SciVerse Applications as either free or user-paid apps.
Launched in November 2010, SciVerse Applications and the Developer Network allow the scientific community and developers to build and use applications that enhance the research experience. Through SciVerse Applications, researchers and librarians can collaborate with developers to create new applications and customize their SciVerse search and discovery workflow. The Developer Network features a community for developers and opens up opportunities for developers to gain recognition, prestige and revenue through the contribution of new applications to SciVerse.
Paula J. Hane
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