Build an application with our data, make science more open, win $10,001 and more!
What's it all about?
PLoS and Mendeley, the popular reference manager and academic social network, teamed up to create a Binary Battle contest to build the best apps that make science more open using PLoS and/or Mendeley’s APIs (Application Programming Interface).
Grand prize - openSNP
Share your personal genome from 23andMe or deCODEme to find the latest relevant research and let scientists discover new genetic associations.
"The APIs of Mendeley and PLoS and all submissions in the Binary Battle have shown how creative people can re-use the data APIs in many ways."
Bastian Greshake at openSNPMore
Runner up - PaperCritic
Post-publication peer review in an open environment. Rate papers, write critical reviews or read those from others.More
Extra prize - rOpenSci
R-based tools to facilitate Open Science; including R packages for both Mendeley and PLoS.More
Visualize who is collaborating in your research field with data from your Mendeley library or BibTeX file.More
Read your Mendeley library on the go with this client for Android mobiles.More
Make "smart" connections between articles, books and any other research object and learn from connections made by other researchers.More
PLoS Impact Explorer
See which research is getting the most buzz online from news outlets, blogs, Twitter and elsewhere, all in one place.More
Research impact is now crowd sourced. Future impact of research is estimated using real-time bookmarking aggregated from Mendeley.More
Discover all of the citations, bookmarks and other points of impact for all of your publications or personal library.More
Share and keep track of what you read on your mobile device then watch the leader board to see who is on top.More
Get a broad picture of the true impact of what you’re reading with data aggregated from many sources.More
$1,000 Amazon Web Services Credits
$500 Amazon Web Services Credits
for best PLoS/Mendeley app
Managing Director of Excel Venture Management and CEO of Biotechonomy. Juan is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on the economic and political impacts of life sciences.
Founder of O’Reilly Media, which is changing the world by spreading the knowledge of innovators. Tim also co-hosts the annual Science Foo Camp with Google and Nature.
CTO of Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading information services company. Still a nerd at heart, James is particularly interested in how technology gets applied to solve problems.
CTO of Amazon.com and former research scientist at Cornell University. Werner is one of world’s top experts on cloud computing and ultra-scalable systems.
VP for Science at Creative Commons and former bioinformatics entrepreneur. Seed Magazine named John a “Game Changer” among their Revolutionary Minds of 2008.
Battle judging criteria
- How active is your application? We’ll look at your API key usage.
- How viral is the app? We’ll look at the number of sign ups on Mendeley and/or your application, and we’ll also have an eye on Twitter.
- Does the application increase collaboration and/or transparency? We’ll look at how much your application contributes to making science more open.
- How cool is your app? Does it make our jaws drop? Is it the most fun that you can have with your pants on? Is it making use of Facebook, Twitter, etc.?
- The Binary Battle is open to apps built previous to this announcement.
We’ve also asked a few battle tested science and tech generals who know a few things about apps to help judge this contest.