IntelliScholar Wins Elsevier's India CodeForScience Competition

Grand Prize goes to IntelliScholar, built by participants from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

Amsterdam, July 30, 2012 – Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical, and medical information products and services, today announced the winners and winning applications of its second CodeForScience (CFS) Competition, a global series of application development competitions for scientists, researchers and developers, this time held in India. This competition encourages participants to create custom ized innovative solutions to enhance the search and discovery experience for users of ScienceDirect and Scopus.

"In this era of fast information delivery and high throughput science, researchers need tools to help them to keep pace. Elsevier's ScienceDirect and Scopus research platforms and CodeForScience are geared to address this need,” said Debnath Pal, Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Science. “CFS India brings fresh ideas to promote the use and integration of scientific data and literature. The concepts and application coding are highly pertinent to our students and demonstrate the power of customized information retrieval concepts far beyond what is currently available among advanced search technologies.” 

The winning teams and their applications are:

“At Elsevier, our goal is to enable researchers to do what they do best: make new discoveries. To help them do this, we strive to deliver the right information to them at the right time in the right context,” said Y.S. Chi, Chairman of Elsevier Management Committee. “We’ve consistently worked to develop a deep understanding of our customers and their needs, but initiatives like the CodeForScience competition enable the community to identify pain points and drive innovation themselves. This leads to more targeted and efficient solutions to the problems faced by researchers today.”

Participants worked in teams to submit application concepts during first round of the competition. Three winning concepts and ten creative concepts receiving honorable mention were selected from more than 100+ entries following an evaluation by a judging panel. During the second round, participants developed applications over the course of six weeks. In addition to the content provided via Elsevier’s Application Programming Interface (API), teams were free to use a variety of resources including Microsoft Academic Search API.

CodeForScience India was co-sponsored by global technology companies, NVIDIA, Thermo Scientific, and Microsoft Research, along with key support from members of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and Institute of Bioinformatics (IOB).

The winning applications were selected based on the evaluation and scoring by the judging panel including professors and information management experts from National Innovation Council, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IITB), Johns Hopkins University (JHU), Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), Madurai Kamaraj University, Institute of Microbial Technology, Strand Life Sciences and NVIDIA.

The winning application will be made available in the Applications Marketplace in the coming days.

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