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Elsevier Launches Series of Application Development Competitions to Empower Collaboration Amongst Students, Researchers and Developers

April 26, 2012

ANKARA, Turkey, April 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

First CodeForScience competition to promote access to Elsevier content and

support development of custom solutions takes place in Turkey

Elsevier [http://www.elsevier.com ], a world-leading provider of scientific,
technical, and medical information products and services, has launched CodeForScience
[http://www.codeforscience.com ] (CFS), a global series of application development
competitions for scientists, researchers and developers. The first on-line competition of
the series is now underway through Sunday, May 13, 2012, at 23:59 EET, and is co-sponsored
by Elsevier and the Middle East Technical University [http://www.metu.edu.tr ] (METU),
located in Ankara, Turkey. Winners will be announced on May 26, 2012.

The competition brings together software developers of diverse backgrounds to build
applications that increase research productivity and enhance the scientific discovery
process. Entries will be evaluated based on originality, usability and added value to
researchers in specific domains or to the general research workflow. Submissions will be
judged by professors and information management experts from Atilim University, Bogazici
University, Hacettepe University, METU, Informascope [http://www.informascope.com ] and
Elsevier.

“Knowledge is no longer enough, it should be shared with others in order to improve
ourselves,” said Professor Kursat Cagiltay, Department of Information Systems, METU. “As
researchers, we all benefit from continuous improvement in the efficiency and
effectiveness of our research activities, which in turn help us to access scholarly
research, select quality sources, make meaningful connections with the materials, and
increase our research productivity. I believe that CodeForScience will create an
opportunity to develop new research solutions. I am already excited about the results of
the competition.”

CodeForScience Turkey is co-organized by METU and Informascope, a company specializing
in providing information services to academic and research centers in Turkey and Central
Asia.

“CodeForScience brings students, researchers, and developers together to create
solutions that improve researcher efficiency,” said Rafael Sidi, Vice President,
Application Marketplace and Developer Network, Elsevier. “Our goal is to increase
collaboration with academic institutions and researchers around the world, and we are
excited to bring the first CodeForScience to Turkey.”

CodeForScience has evolved from the 24-hour ‘hackathons’ sponsored by Elsevier in 2011
at universities around the world, to promote app development and collaborative learning.
Participants may use their own pre-built code and open source technologies and can create
mash-ups with Elsevier content. Participants retain ownership of intellectual property on
submitted entries.

Winners of CodeForScience Turkey will be invited to showcase their application at the
‘CFS Talk & Awards’ event on Saturday, May 26,2012 at METU. First prize winners will win a
prize of 7,000 TL with second prize, third prize and honorable mention also receiving
4,000 TL; 2,000 TL; 1,000 TL, respectively for their efforts.

Application submissions will be accepted online and competition is open to residents
of Turkey. Participation guidelines are available at
http://www.codeforscience.com/turkey. For more information about CodeForScience,
please visit: http://codeforscience.com. The next CodeForScience will take place in
India from May 5-July 29, 2012 with Indian Institute of Science and Institute of
Bioinformatics.

About the Elsevier SciVerse Suite

The SciVerse(R) [http://www.hub.sciverse.com/action/home ] suite of search and
discovery offerings provides the global research community access to a constantly
expanding universe of content and solutions which can now be accessed in one platform. The
suite currently includes SciVerse ScienceDirect(R) [http://www.sciencedirect.com ], the
world’s largest source of peer-reviewed content containing more than 10 million articles,
and SciVerse Scopus(R) [http://www.scopus.com/home.url ], an abstract and citation
database containing 41 million records, 70% with abstracts and nearly 19,500 titles from
5,000 publishers worldwide. The platform also includes SciVerse Hub
[http://www.hub.sciverse.com/action/home ] which enables researchers to perform a single
search across all of the SciVerse content as well as targeted web content with results
ranked by relevancy and without duplication. Applications
[http://www.applications.sciverse.com/action/userhome ] and Developer Network
[http://www.developers.sciverse.com ] allow the scientific community to build, find and
use applications that enhance the SciVerse research experience.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information
products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health
communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet
[http://www.thelancet.com ] andCell [http://www.cell.com ], and close to 20,000 book
titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier’s online
solutions include SciVerse ScienceDirect [http://www.sciencedirect.com ], SciVerse Scopus
[http://www.scopus.com ], Reaxys [http://www.reaxys.com ], MD Consult
[http://www.mdconsult.com ] and Mosby’s Nursing Suite [http://www.confidenceconnected.com
], which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, and the SciVal
suite [http://www.scival.com ] and MEDai’s Pinpoint Review [http://www.medai.com ], which
help research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier [http://www.elsevier.com ]
employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC
[http://www.reedelsevier.com ], a world-leading publisher and information provider, which
is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN
(Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

        Media contact
        Catherine Gold
        Elsevier
        +1-212-462-1965
        c.gold@elsevier.com

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