Build Library Apps for Science and win up to $15, 000

Elsevier has opened up their SciVerse content and meta-data for the Apps for Science challenge, including more than 10 million full text articles from over 2,500 journals and 11,000 books as well as over 42 million abstracts, citations and web content covering 18,000 titles from over 5,000 publishers.

You are invited to participate in a software competition for SciVerse applications. You can build applications to enhance and customize the end-user’s search needs, improving their research through a library Sciverse application.

SciVerse is an OpenSocial (also used by OCLC’s Cooperative Platform and iGoogle for instance, and with 900 million end-users worldwide) based network and apps platform for Elsevier products: Hub, ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciTopics and Applications. With SciVerse you can create your own library application and embed it directly within SciVerse content, while connecting with third party open APIs and open data, and thus improving the experience of SciVerse for your particular library.

For more information about the challenge go to
For more information about SciVerse go to Examples of SciVerse applications are:

– Illinois Catalog Viewer, which allows users to browse related search results in the Illinois Library catalog. (a white-labeled open source version for VuFind catalogs, developed in collaboration with the University of Illinois and VuFind will be available soon).

– CiteSeer, which shows related search results in CiteSeerX in the context of SciVerse searches (developed by Mark Harmer, winner of Elsevier Challenge at Code4Lib, available soon)

About Apps for Science

Deadline: July 31, 2011

Elsevier is offering $35,000 in prizes and challenging software developers to help researchers, librarians and students navigate the scientific content, improve search and discovery, visualize sophisticated data in more insightful and attractive ways and stimulate collaboration.

Elsevier has opened the scientific content and provided APIs for developers to create apps that improve researcher and librarian productivity and workflow.

Developers are encouraged to collaborate and develop the best apps to enhance and customize your end user’s experience of SciVerse. Developers retain full IP rights to their submissions and can host their apps on Elsevier’s SciVerse Application Marketplace where you can market their apps and gain revenue from 15 million users in over 10,000 institutions. Apps For Science is open to individual residents and organizations domiciled in seven countries: Australia, India, Japan, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom and the United States.

If any reader is intrigued about this challenge, feel free to discuss your ideas with your Kresge librarian!

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