January 20, 2022

Elsevier Announces Winners of "Apps for Science" Challenge

Yesterday, we posted a list of the winning apps from the National Library of Medicine Software Development Challenge.

Today, word from Elsevier that they’ve announced the winners of their “Apps for Science” contest. These apps utilize and were designed to enhance Elsevier’s SciVerse platform.

Congratulations to the winning developers.

Direct to Winning Apps

From an Elsevier Announcement:

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.

Direct to Winning Apps

Direct to Gallery of All SciVerse Apps

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.