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Weekly News Digest

December 15, 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.

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Springer API Challenge 2.0 Now Open

Springer announced the Springer API (Application Programming Interface) Challenge 2.0, its second competition for original, noncommercial applications using its freely available metadata and content APIs. The Springer API Challenge 1.0 asked participants to develop applications that offer users new ways to find, visualize, and manipulate relevant data drawn from Springer’s large and growing content database.

The Springer API Challenge 2.0 is a goal-directed competition to develop more specific solutions using the following APIs:

  • Springer Metadata API: Provides metadata for more than 5 million online documents (e.g., journal articles, book chapters, and protocols). The Challenge 2.0 goal: develop an application that provides a novel search solution based on an analysis of trends in the metadata.
  • SpringerImages API: Provides images and related text for more than 300,000 free images available on The Challenge 2.0 goal: develop an application that uses image recognition to analyze, compare, or search images.
  • SpringerOpen Access API: Provides metadata, full-text content, and images for more than 80,000 open access articles from BioMed Central and SpringerOpen journals. The Challenge 2.0 goal: develop an application that uses semantic modeling to interpret characteristics of individual full-text documents and/or to analyze relationships among full-text documents.

Mashups of Springer APIs with open sourced (and noncopyrighted) data are encouraged.

Participants may be individuals or teams of up to three members. They 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 (available at The completed application must be submitted via email, including a brief description, an indication as to which goal is being addressed, and contact information to

Entries must be submitted by May 31, 2012 and will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary panel of judges who will rank them on relevance to the stated goal, creativity and originality, user experience and design, and value and benefit. First, second, and third place winners will be awarded cash prizes of $8,000, $4,000, and $2,000, respectively. The winners will be announced in June 2012.

Source: Springer

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