The world's largest open research catalog is now calling upon developers to pitch themselves into a developer contest to build the coolest, most popular and useful application using the Mendeley API. With over 70 million papers in its database, Mendeley is making available top-notch research for what it hopes will encourage developers to build the "Facebook of science data."
The Mendeley API Binary Battle is open to all developers and the last date for submissions is August 31st, 2011. The winners will be announced on October 31st, 2011. There is a single Grand Prize of $10,001 and the runner up will get $1000 and a Parrot AR Drone Quadricopter. Your applications are going to be judged by some of the best minds out there, among them being Tim O’Reilly and Werner Vogels. For full details, refer to the contest page.
To get started with the Mendeley API, visit the Developer portal and get familiar with the documentation. The next step is to register for your API key and start building your application. The Mendeley API is REST based, uses JSON as the data format and OAuth for authentication. The API is well categorized depending on the resources that you are interested in accessing. They are grouped into Stats, Search and Public Groups Methods. The Stats methods gives you statistics on Authors, Papers, Publications and Tags. The Search Methods allow you to search across publications in various ways including related search, categories search, etc.
Examples of API usage are:
- To get a list of all-time top authors across all disciplines : http://www.mendeley.com/oapi/stats/authors/
- To get a list of terms: http://www.mendeley.com/oapi/documents/search/<terms>/, which returns you canonical ids that you can then use to further get details or related publications, etc.
The current Rate limits are limited to 5000/hour for search-terms and 500/hr for search-details. In case you want your application to be white-listed, contact firstname.lastname@example.org with details about your application.
"The irony of the Internet is that scientists created it, yet it has been underutilized in strengthening the academic community online," said Mendeley Chief Scientist Dr. Jason Hoyt. "A 'Facebook for science data' has never been achieved. With tools like the Mendeley API platform, developers can bring academia back to the center of the Internet," Hoyt said.
Developers--it is time to give use our skills with the Mendeley API and give back interesting applications to the academic community.