Day 3: Top 40 Apps in Binary Battle to benefit science

This is the third of four parts announcing the top 40-ish Apps entered into the Mendeley-PLoS Binary Battle. To see the first batch of apps, check out Day One. And Day Two with the second batch is here. Check back tomorrow for the final batch of apps.

As a reminder, the top 10 apps will be announced in two weeks and the overall winners will be announced November 30th

Now, in order of entry received date, the third batch of apps to benefit science: is a search tool addressed to researchers to explore a social network of research objects, help them choose the wording of their abstracts or the tagging of their papers, and discover their research interests in new ways. This tool is grounded in “science studies,” which shows that “research objects have a social, even political, life of their own.” searches for terms related to a given term (i.e. a research object, treated as a Mendeley tag or a Wikipedia entry) according to three qualities of relationships:

– Unexpected relationships (i.e. not frequent yet effective) that give originality to research ;
– Controversial relationships (i.e most discussed on Wikipedia) that widen the audience P ;
– Aggregating relationships (i. e. most multidisciplinary Mendeley associations) that bridge the gap with other disciplines’ interests. is a mash-up of Mendeley and Wikipedia APIs developped by a team of mainly 4 people. Its code is published under the GNU Affero GPL license.


CollabaSpace provides essential tools, which aid the user visualize his research space. It allows one to interactively dive through the details on co-authors, publications, user defined tags, and more.


One of a handful of Android apps recently built by a third-party developer/academic, it ports the Mendeley client over to Android mobile devices. Sweet!


Moodley is a Mendeley Plugin for Moodle, displaying information from Mendeley as Moodle Activity. Moodley is a tool that provides an environment where teachers can offer their students scientific literature in their courses. Moodley provides a tool for extracting, annotating, and visualising literature directly from a Moodle Activity. If you like Prezzi presentations, or are not inclined to motion sickness, then check out the video above that describes Moodley.

Mendeley’s Evolving Network of Expertise and Knowledge

Easily the most intense network visualization in the Binary Battle, this one comes out of the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center at Indiana University. The crew there worked to display the evolving network of expertise and knowledge generated from a snapshot of Mendeley collaboration groups on Sept. 26, 2011. Users can search the group owner’s names and disciplines and navigate the graph by using zoom and pan. The Indiana group is asking for feedback regarding how well the graph relates to your work and how it could be improved and beneficial to users. Their aim is to go on and develop a real-time application.

Digital Notes & Queries

Humanities scholars rejoice! Finally, an app just for you. The website is intended to provide Digital Humanities academics with a Q+A site (code from the OSQA project) that can be annotated with references to academic papers (using Mendeley). This will provide an opportunity for users to discuss papers, or to point other users at a useful paper in response to an enquiry. It’s using the Open Source version of Stackoverflow. Not a lot of activity going on at the moment, but I’m sure it just needs some marketing love to change all that.


Quick introduction to from kleenk on Vimeo.

From The KLEENK blog, “KLEENK is focused on connecting scientific content. It allows researchers to create smart connections between existing papers, books, images or anything else related to science. These connections, called kleenks, can be public or shared with just your research colleagues. The kleenks can be commented upon, rated and followed. Visual tags help researchers explore kleenks in an easy and intuitive way. Finally, any researcher is notified whenever there’s any new activity related to contents, kleenks or tags.”


Total-Impact is a website that makes it quick and easy to view the impact of a wide range of research output. It goes beyond traditional measurements of research output — citations to papers — to embrace a much broader evidence of use across a wide range of scholarly output types. The system aggregates impact data from many sources and displays it in a single report, which is given a “permaurl” for dissemination and can be updated any time.

Perhaps one of the coolest bits is that you submit a grant number (e.g. NIH) and it will look up the impact of that grant across the Web. The makers say that it is aimed at both researchers and funders. They’ve also released the total-impact source code on GitHub.

Living Science

Living Science integrates several search providers and tries to locate results on a visually pleasing map. It also sets a timeline that can be easily adjusted to filter results. Well done!

OK. That’s it for the third batch! Check back tomorrow to see the final apps to make it into the Binary Battle.

Jason Hoyt is Chief Scientist & VP of R&D at Mendeley. Follow him on twitter @jasonHoyt