Winning Springer Contest Apps Make Research Easier

Springer, a leading publisher of scientific books and journals has just announced winners of its first API challenge. The API challenge invited developers to use the Springer Meta Data and Content APIs to build non-commercial applications find, visualize and manipulate data from Springer’s growing content database. Developers had the opportunity to access more than 4.8 million documents from Springer journals, books and protocols.

The judges had an extended period of evaluation due to the large number of applications submitted. The main criteria of evaluation were creativity, User Experience and benefits to the user.  In the end, 3 winners were selected. They walked away with cash prizes and tons of visibility for their applications.

The first prize went to SpringerQuotes, a cool web application that allows you to search and read open access articles from Springer. Not only that, but it has a neat UI that lets you create and share quotes from various sections of the article.

The second prize to KontentLinks, a web application that researchers can use to create logical connections between types of content. Imagine a sort of a semantic linking of images, book chapters, articles. The social aspects of this application also allows for sharing, rating and comments.

The third prize went to JournalSuggest, a web application that helps researchers get answers to common queries that they might have while preparing articles.

Springer is making the winning applicationsavailable for free to end users for a year.

For more contests, with over $100,000 in prize money, refer to the contests page.