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Mendeley/PLoS API Binary Battle

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).

Winners

openSNP

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 openSNP

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PaperCritic

Runner up - PaperCritic

Post-publication peer review in an open environment. Rate papers, write critical reviews or read those from others.

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rOpenSci

Extra prize - rOpenSci

R-based tools to facilitate Open Science; including R packages for both Mendeley and PLoS.

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Finalists

Collabgraph

Collabgraph

Visualize who is collaborating in your research field with data from your Mendeley library or BibTeX file.

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Droideley

Droideley

Read your Mendeley library on the go with this client for Android mobiles.

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KLEENK

KLEENK

Make "smart" connections between articles, books and any other research object and learn from connections made by other researchers.

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PLoS Impact Explorer

PLoS Impact Explorer

See which research is getting the most buzz online from news outlets, blogs, Twitter and elsewhere, all in one place.

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ReaderMeter

ReaderMeter

Research impact is now crowd sourced. Future impact of research is estimated using real-time bookmarking aggregated from Mendeley.

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ScienceCard

ScienceCard

Discover all of the citations, bookmarks and other points of impact for all of your publications or personal library.

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TiNYARM

TiNYARM

Share and keep track of what you read on your mobile device then watch the leader board to see who is on top.

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Total-Impact

Total-Impact

Get a broad picture of the true impact of what you’re reading with data aggregated from many sources.

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Grand Prize $10,001 + $1,000 Amazon Web Services Credit

Grand Prize

$10,001 +

$1,000 Amazon Web Services Credits

Runner Up $5,000 + $500 Amazon Web Services Credit

Runner Up

$5,000 +

$500 Amazon Web Services Credits

Extra prize $1,000 + Parrot AR Drone Quadricopter

Extra Prize

$1,000 +

Parrot AR Drone
Quadricopter

for best PLoS/Mendeley app

Judges

Juan Enriquez

Juan Enriquez

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.
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Tim O'Reilly

Tim O'Reilly

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.
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James Powell

James Powell

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.
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Werner Vogels

Werner Vogels

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.
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John Wilbanks

John Wilbanks

VP for Science at Creative Commons and former bioinformatics entrepreneur. Seed Magazine named John a “Game Changer” among their Revolutionary Minds of 2008.
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Battle judging criteria

  1. How active is your application? We’ll look at your API key usage.
  2. 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.
  3. Does the application increase collaboration and/or transparency? We’ll look at how much your application contributes to making science more open.
  4. 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.?
  5. 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.

Register now for your Mendeley API key or get a key from PLoS and start building your app!

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