Research is hard enough without having to deal with crappy software and programs that don’t talk to one another. Part of the problem is that many people who write great code aren’t scientists, so they don’t know what scientists need. We’d like to solve that problem, so we’ve teamed up with the Public Library of Science to issue a “Call for Apps“.
If you have a great idea for a scientific app but lack the coding skills to develop it, you’re in luck! Submit your app idea by August 10th (12pm PDT) and we’ll present it to developers who have the skills to make your dream a reality using the PLoS and Mendeley APIs, which are rich sources of data on scientific trends and stats.
Here are some ideas:
- Visualize research trends
- Mine PLoS articles for statistically relevant words or phrases using the Solr API or get paper stats from the article metrics API.
- Readermeter is an example of an app making good use of Mendeley’s readership data.
What’s the thing you wish someone would make an app for? We’ve got the data, you’ve got the idea, and chances are there’s someone who wants to bring your idea to life, if they only knew what you needed.
How To Submit Your App Idea:
- Complete the Binary Battle App Idea Submission form
- Leave a comment on this blog post with your ideas
- or just tweet your idea using the #binarybattle hashtag
If you’re a developer, you may wish to enter your completed app in the Binary Battle.