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Springer announces API challenge

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Springer has announced a competition for original, non-commercial applications using Springer metadata and content APIs. The Springer API (Application Programming Interface) Challenge 1.0 is a bid to offer users new ways to find, visualise, and manipulate relevant data drawn from Springer’s large and growing content database. The increased call for opening up data to third parties in the interest of product development led Springer to create the challenge, says the company.

The challenge is open to all interested parties. The best submitted applications will be featured on The applications will be made freely available to end users for at least one year after the challenge concludes.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.