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Elsevier Challenges Library Community

Magazine article Information Today

Elsevier Challenges Library Community

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Empowering researchers and librarians was a major theme for Elsevier B.V. when it launched the integrated SciVerse research platform in 2010, and the company took the idea even further with the expansion of the platform's SciVerse Applications program earlier this year. Now Elsevier is launching yet another community initiative with the Apps for Library Idea Challenge, a contest that is engaging the community in creating SciVerse apps ideas.

As part of the contest, Elsevier is inviting librarians to submit app ideas for the SciVerse platform. The emphasis of the contest is on apps that solve the challenges of search and discovery for librarians and researchers. Two grand prize winners will be selected: one by a panel of judges and the other by the SciVerse community. The winners, who will each receive 750 [euro] (about $1,000), will have their ideas featured in the relevant Elsevier library and information science journals.

The Apps for Library Idea Challenge is just one more extension of SciVerse's focus on using input from the community to build customized solutions to meet user needs, according to Rafael Sidi, vice president of product management, the application marketplace, and the developer network at Elsevier. …

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