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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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”.
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.