Author Archives: Richard Cave

10 Free Cloud Servers from NephoScale Cloud Computing

NephoScale Cloud Computing will provide ten CS1 Cloud Servers to participants of the Mendeley/PLoS API Binary Battle.  The servers will be available until December 15th 2011 for all selected applicants.  If you have signed up for the API contest and need a hosting environment, email NephoScale (openscienceapp@nephoscale.com) with details about:

  • How your app will make science more open
  • Your project name
  • Your operating system
  • Your affiliation
  • Why your entry deserves to be selected for a NephoScale Cloud Server.

Here’s what Bruce Templeton, CEO of NephoScale, said about why they are supporting this contest:

“we want to remove any barriers to entry in this API contest so that developers, some of who may be working in academia, can get creative and build apps that make science more open”.

 

PLoS and Mendeley API Contest

PLoS and Mendeley, the popular reference manager and academic social network, have teamed up to create a Binary Battle contest to build the best apps using PLoS and/or Mendeley’s APIs. There’s $16,000 in prize money to be won and the opportunity to get your app in front of a panel of influential judges from technology, media and science.

The prizes include:

Since Mendeley got this competition up and running before PLoS joined the party, you can see what some people have already made using the Mendeley API. Mendeley is also organizing two simultaneous Hackathons at their NY and London offices on Saturday June 11-Sunday June 12, 2011.

The last day to submit your app is September 30th, 2011 and the winner will be announced on November 30th, 2011.

For more information see:
http://dev.mendeley.com/api-binary-battle/

Announcing the PLoS Search API – build innovative applications that accelerate science

The new PLoS Search API gives developers access to rich data that can be flexibly integrated into applications for the web, desktop or mobile devices. It allows PLoS content to be queried using any of the fields in the PLoS Search engine. By opening the PLoS content and data through this API, we hope to encourage the development of tools that will improve the way PLoS users discover and interact with our (and their) content.

“We’re pleased to be able to allow developers to leverage PLoS content and data to improve their own web offerings” — Richard Cave, IT Director at PLoS, on the availability of the PLoS Search API

To give you an idea of the things that you’ll be able to do with the PLoS Search API, we created some examples using our API.  To get started, you’ll need to register for an PLoS API Key.

If you have any  questions about using the PLoS Search API,  post your questions to the PLoS API developers group.