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Weekly News Digest

December 23, 2010 — 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 ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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First Springer API Challenge Announced

Springer announced the Springer API Challenge 1.0, a competition for original, noncommercial applications using Springer metadata and content APIs. The challenge is a bid to offer users new ways to find data from Springer’s content database. The increased call for opening up data to third parties in the interest of product development led Springer to create the Springer API Challenge.

The Challenge is open to all interested parties, with the best submitted applications to be featured on The applications will be made freely available to end users for at least one year after the Challenge concludes. Entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges and eligible first, second, and third place winners will be awarded cash prizes of $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000 respectively.

Metadata for more than 4.8 million documents from Springer journals, books, and protocols will be made available to participants. Also available are full-text content, metadata, and images for approximately 80,000 open access articles from BioMed Central and SpringerOpen journals. Participants must register for a user account with Mashery, a provider of API management services, and apply to Springer for an API key. They are bound by the provisions of the official rules and the Springer API Terms of Use.

Participants must submit their completed application via email, including a brief description and contact information to Entries can be submitted until May 31, 2011 and will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary panel of judges who will rank them on creativity and originality, user experience and design, and value and benefit. The winners will be announced in June 2011. For further information, official rules and the terms of use, please visit:

Source: Springer

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