Springer announced the Springer API Challenge 1.0, a competition for original, noncommercial applications using Springer metadata and content APIs. The challenge is a bid to offer users new ways to find data from Springer's content database. Springer created the API Challenge in the interest of product development.
Metadata for more than 4.8 million documents from Springer journals, books, and protocols will be made available to participants. Also available are full-text content, metadata, and images for approximately 80,000 open access articles from BioMed Central and SpringerOpen journals.
The challenge is open to all interested parties. Selected applications will be featured at Springer's API portal (http://dev.springer.com). They will be made freely available to end users for at least 1 year after the challenge concludes. Entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges based on creativity and originality, user experience and design, and value and benefit; eligible first, second, and third place winners will be awarded cash prizes of $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000 (U.S.), respectively. Winners will be announced in June 2011.