First Springer API Challenge Announced

Competition for original applications using Springer metadata and content APIs now open

Springer announces the Springer API (Application Programming Interface) Challenge 1.0, a competition for original, non-commercial applications using Springer metadata and content APIs.  The Challenge is a bid to offer users new ways to find, visualize, and manipulate relevant data drawn from Springer’s large and growing 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 dev.springer.com.  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 US$ 5,000, US$ 2,500 and US$ 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 (http://dev.springer.com/officialrules).

Participants must submit their completed application via email, including a brief description and contact information to support.api@springer.com.  Entries can be submitted until 31 May 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: http://dev.springer.com

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