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May 19, 2011 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Elsevier Launches Apps for Library Idea Challenge

Elsevier announced the launch of the SciVerse Applications Apps for Library Idea Challenge. The international competition encourages librarians and information professionals to conceptualize solutions to the challenges that they and their constituents face in addressing the search and discovery of information.

Entrants are invited to submit specific ideas for applications for the SciVerse suite that solve problems affecting the search and discovery of information within librarian and researcher workflows alike. Selected app concepts will be posted on the challenge website and open to commentary from peers and the public, enabling a dialogue within the librarian community to identify problems and discuss potential solutions.

The call for entries opened May 13 and the deadline for submissions is Sept.2, 2011. An international panel of judges will select up to 10 finalist app idea entries. Two grand-prize winners will be selected—one by a panel of judges and one by community vote. The winners will each receive a cash prize of € 750 (approximately $1,000). The winners’ names and concepts will also be featured in the relevant Elsevier library and information science journals. Other prizes will be available to eligible idea entrants and commenters.

The Apps for Library Idea Challenge is part of a series of community competitions launched by Elsevier that engage the scientific research communities, librarians, and application developers in the creation and conceptualization of search and discovery applications. Most recently, the Developer Network at Elsevier introduced the “Apps for Science Challenge,” an international competition calling specifically upon developers to build applications within this vein. 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.

To enter the Apps for Library Idea Challenge, and for complete official rules and additional information, visit

Source: Elsevier

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