Elsevier Announces Winners of “Apps for Science” Challenge

Winning Submissions Available in SciVerse Applications

Amsterdam, November 1, 2011 –Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical, and medical information products and services, today announced the winners of the “ Apps for Science” challenge, an international competition challenging software developers to create customized applications that can enhance information search and discovery for researchers.

During the submission period (April 17 to July 31, 2011), participants developed  27 diverse applications that enhance the SciVerse search experience. The submitted apps include productivity and time-saving tools, visualizations of search results or author data and social add-ons enabling collaboration. The winning applications include:

  • Grand Prize ($15,000):  Altmetric, developed by Euan Adie, measures the attention that scientific articles receive via social media and online news sites, then adds the data to ScienceDirect & SciVerse Hub article and search result pages.
  • Second Prize ($10,000):  Refinder, developed by Leo Sauermann, adds personal information management and social functions to SciVerse, including the ability to add comments to articles, place multiple papers in a collection and share comments with co-workers.
  • Third Prize ($5,000)/Popular Choice Prize ($5,000):  iHelp, developed by Mourougane Arumugam, enables researchers to search in their native language and retrieve articles using multi-lingual search.
  • Two apps received honorable mentions: the  Keyword Optimizer, developed by Scott Fortmann-Roe, helps to find the best set of keywords possible, and  ChemDetect, developed by Keming Labs, an app for chemists to quickly scan an article for chemical names and draw full structures.

Winners of the top three prizes were determined by a panel of judges comprised of distinguished researchers, engineers, educators and venture capitalists in the field of science, media and technology. 

The winner of the Popular Choice Award was selected by a popular vote conducted by the public. The winning applications are now available in  SciVerse Applications.

“We thank all the creative developers who answered our call for innovative applications. We are impressed with the ingenuity and innovation displayed in the development of applications for the Apps for Science challenge and are very pleased with the scientific community’s engagement in building solutions that would help researchers globally,” said Rafael Sidi, Vice President Product Management, Applications Marketplace and Developer Network, Elsevier.

SciVerse Applications and the  Developer Network provide opportunities for researchers and librarians to collaborate with developers in creating and promoting new applications that improve research workflows. The Developer Network features a growing community of application developers who may gain recognition, prestige and revenue through their contributions to SciVerse Applications.

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About the Elsevier SciVerse SuiteThe SciVerse ( www.sciverse.com) suite of search and discovery offerings provides the global research community access to a constantly expanding universe of content and solutions which can now be accessed in one platform. The suite currently includes SciVerse ScienceDirect ( www.sciencedirect.com), the world’s largest source of peer-reviewed content containing more than 10 million articles, and SciVerse Scopus ( www.scopus.com), an abstract and citation database containing 41 million records, 70% with abstracts and nearly 18,000 titles from 5,000 publishers worldwide. The platform also includes SciVerse Hub beta ( www.hub.sciverse.com), which enables researchers to perform a single search across all of the SciVerse content as well as targeted web content with results ranked by relevancy and without duplication. SciVerse Applications ( www.applications.sciverse.com) and Developer Network ( www.developers.sciverse.com) allow the scientific community to build, find and use applications that enhance the SciVerse research experience.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Research Intelligence and ClinicalKey— and publishes over 2,500 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and more than 35,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works. Elsevier is part of RELX Group, a world-leading provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. www.elsevier.com