Springer announces winners of first API Challenge

by | Jul 21, 2011 | 0 comments

Competition selects the most original applications using Springer’s metadata and content APIs.

Springer has concluded its API (Application Programming Interface) Challenge 1.0 and chosen the first, second, and third place winners.  The creators of the unique applications will be awarded cash prizes of 5,000, 2,500 and 1,000 US$ respectively.   An interdisciplinary panel of judges evaluated the submitted works, ranking them on three categories: creativity and originality, user experience and design, and value and benefit.  Due to the overwhelming number of applications submitted, the judging period was extended in order to give all contestants the same opportunity to have their submissions evaluated.

The Springer API Challenge 1.0 was a competition for original, non-commercial applications using Springer metadata and content APIs.  The Challenge’s goal was to offer users new ways to find, visualize, and/or manipulate relevant data drawn from Springer’s large and growing content database.

The first prize was awarded to SpringerQuotes (springerquotes.heroku.com).  This application lets the user search and read the open access articles from Springer in a web application.  If the user finds an interesting article, he or she can create and share quotes from paragraphs or even individual sentences by highlighting these sections directly in the web browser.

KontentLinks (www.kontentlinks.com) received the second prize.  This innovative way of exploring scientific content allows researchers to create meaningful connections between various types of content (i.e. articles, book chapters, images, etc.), share, rate and comment on them, and finally explore the emerging content webs.

The judges awarded the third prize to JournalSuggest (journalsuggest.appspot.com), a website which provides suggested answers to some common questions that researchers have when preparing articles or grants.

 Metadata for more than 4.8 million documents from Springer journals, books and protocols was made available to the participants.  Also available were full-text content, metadata and images for approximately 80,000 open access articles from BioMed Central and SpringerOpen journals.  The awarded applications are now freely available to end users for one year.

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