Springer API Challenge 2.0
In the June issue of Library Zone we spoke about the latest Springer API challenge. Running from December 1, 2011 to May 31, 2012, the challenge asked participants to create solutions that met one or more of the following goals:
- Springer Metadata API - Goal: Develop an application that provides a novel search solution based on an analysis of trends in the metadata.
- SpringerImages API - Goal: Develop an application that uses image recognition to analyze, compare, or search images.
- Springer Open Access API - Goal: Develop an application that uses semantic modeling to interpret characteristics of individual full-text documents and/or to analyze relationships among full-text documents.
We’re pleased to announce the winning entries!
First prize went to Kleenk http://kleenk.com. Kleenk (previously known as KontentLinks) won second prize in the first API challenge with a submission that offered an innovative way of exploring scientific content that allowed researchers to make connections between different types of content. This year’s entry is an experimental search feature which lets users provide search terms that Kleenk then leverages to query the Springer database, both general and OA, looking for the most important connections. Springer’s Open Access API was used for this submission.
Winner of the second prize was Visual Navigator. Using the SpringerImages API, Visual Navigator is a tool that let Springer subscribers search and explore images through visual similarity in real-time. When a user clicks on one of the graphical representations, further information appears about the image including a link to the publication in which the image appears.
Third prize went to opacmo, the Open Access Mortar which is a mash-up of biological and biomedical terms linked to publications. When search queries are carried out through opacmo’s interface, a query is also sent to Springer Metadata API and the results are integrated in a comparative-analysis view that visualises the differences and similarities between the two sets of results.
In other news, we’re pleased to announce that SPRESI, a chemical structure and reaction database from Springer-owned company, Infochem, now includes a link to SpringerMaterials to provide even more depth to research into chemical compounds. SPRESI can be accessed via the web or via SPRESI Mobile, providing chemistry researchers and students with instant access to the information they need.
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