Amsterdam – Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical, and medical information products and services, today announced the winners of the Apps for Library Idea Challenge at the 2011 Charleston Conference in Charleston, SC. The international competition encouraged librarians and information professionals to conceptualize solutions to the challenges that they and their constituents face in addressing the search and discovery of information.
Following the submission period (May 13 to September 2, 2011), an international panel of judges selected 10 app concepts as finalists. The community was invited to comment on the finalists and vote for their favorite idea. Two grand-prize winners were selected – one by the panel of judges and one by community vote:
Judge’s Choice Grand Prize: Journals/Conferences @ Your Fingertips, proposed by Low, Ke Khoon, a librarian at the National University of Singapore, would identify the top 20 journal or conference titles relating to the user’s search results, ranked by number of relevant articles, and deliver RSS feeds with table of contents for these journals.
Community Choice Grand Prize: JTOCs 2 Go, proposed by Andrea Szwajcer, a librarian at the University of Manitoba, Canada, would enable users to customize a journal table of contents notification service with full-text viewing and sharing of articles in a clean, easy-to-read format.
“The Apps for Library Idea Challenge is another example of Elsevier asking the librarian community which solutions they need most in search and discovery platforms,” said Rafael Sidi, Vice President Product Management, Applications Marketplace and Developer Network, Elsevier. “I’d like to thank all who participated in the submission of ideas and joined in the conversation. We’re looking forward to developing new applications with the developer community based on the proposed concepts.”
Elsevier will collaborate with the idea creators to develop the two winning app concepts for inclusion in SciVerse Applications. Additionally, each grand-prize winner will receive €750 (approximately $1,000). For more information on the winning ideas as well as the other eight finalists, please visit www.appsforlibrary.com.
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 Suite
The 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.
Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and close to 20,000 book titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier’s online solutions include SciVerse ScienceDirect, SciVerse Scopus, Reaxys, MD Consult and Nursing Consult, which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, and the SciVal suite and MEDai’s Pinpoint Review, which help research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.
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