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:
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.
Excitement levels are high at Mendeley this month because we’ve got several momentous milestones coming up – the release of Mendeley 1.0, crossing 1 million users, and 100 Million document uploads. We’d like to invite you to share in this moment with us by tweeting papers from the Mendeley Research Catalog, using the hashtags #mendeley #100M. Every paper you tweet enters you in a drawing to win a Solar System package free for one year. Tweet as many papers as you like – each tweet counts as a separate entry in our drawing!Read More »
The Public Library of Science, the world’s largest Open Access publisher, has joined Mendeley in co-sponsoring the Binary Battle, the contest to build the best apps that make science more open using PLoS and Mendeley’s API’s. This brings the prize money to be won up to $16,000 plus other cool gifts and the opportunity to get your entries in front of a panel of influential judges from technology, media and science.
What is the Binary Battle?
The Mendeley & PLoS Binary Battle is a contest to build the coolest, most popular, and most useful application using Mendeley’s open database of over 90 million research papers, usage statistics, reader demographics, social tags, and related research recommendations or PLoS’s Search API which provides PLoS content for your desktop, web, or mobile application. You can find the full details on the Mendeley API Binary Battle page or read the announcement from PLoS.Read More »
Leading the reference scene
Mendeley on screen
We ran a contest for a few months asking our Mendeley Advisors to submit a haiku on their Advisor application and then taking submissions from the Mendeley community at large. Dr. Stewart Dods won with the above haiku. We were well impressed at the level of erudition and subtlety among our community and hope everyone had as much fun with it as we did.
Congratulations to Dr. Dods. Here he stands by his 20 L biofermenter, ready to grow some fabulous Fab’-secreting E.coli.Read More »
We at Mendeley have now built one of the world’s largest open research catalogs, containing over 70 million documents. This is no small feat, considering we’ve only been at it for about 2 years, and we couldn’t have done it without you (nearly a million of you!). By bringing control of research data back to the community, we hope to make research more collaborative, open, and efficient. If you’ve ever thought, “You know, I really wish I could search the literature better” or “Wouldn’t it be cool if I could see how this idea evolved over time?” or just “I wish I had $10,001 dollars”, well, now’s your chance. Read More »
‘Lost in citation, APA or MLA, Shown with Mendeley’
We asked our Mendeley Advisors to submit a haiku on their Advisor application and the material that was submitted was so impressive we thought we would open up submissions to the wider Mendeley community. If you’re a poet (whether you know it or not), send us a tweet including #mendeleyhaiku or post on our Facebook page and we’ll add it to our collection. To make it a little more fun, we’ll pick a winner and feature their haiku on this blog, twitter, and our Facebook page. We’ll also give the best scholarly poet to enter our competition the item of their choice from our Cafepress page, and a premium account for ten of their friends who aren’t using Mendeley yet.
Scoring will be based on the number of retweets or likes of the post. Haiku should follow the traditional form and must include the #mendeleyhaiku hashtag or be posted to our Facebook page to enter.
DEADLINE is February 14th, so get your creative juices flowing!