August 16, 2011

Elsevier and the National University of Singapore Announce Winners of 24-Hour Hackathon

AMSTERDAM, August 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical
information products and services, and the National University of Singapore
(NUS), a leading global university centered in Asia, announced the winners
of SgCodeJam24. This "Hackathon", a 24-hour programming competition,
encourages students and faculty to develop customized applications that
advance the search and discovery process of scientific information.

From August 12-13, NUS and Elsevier hosted SgCodeJam24 at NUS School of
Computing (SoC). Students and faculty participated in the competition to
develop applications using SciVerse ScienceDirect Content and Framework
APIs. The winning applications include:

First place: Zhao Shanheng and Zhong Zhi, of NUS, developed the iRank
Apps, an application ranking universities by different, configurable
variables allowing you to find experts within top search results.

Second place: Pham Ben and Nguyen Kristin, of the Nanyang Technological
University, developed the SciVey - SciVerse Survey, a notepad-style Sciverse
application that allows for tracking and editing selected parts of an
article while reading it.

Third place (shared): Heyrani-Nobari Ghasem, Oliya Mohammad and
Heyrani-Nobari Sadegh, of NUS, developed the Read Later, an application
designed to quickly save search results of interest, to read later. This
team was also awarded the Audience Choice Prize.

Third place (shared): Ming Zhaoyan and Lin Jovian, of NUS, developed the
WordTrend and Topic Trend application designed to present a numerical
analysis of the trends within the search results by word and topic.

"SgCodeJam24 sparked innovative ideas among students and faculty," said
Associate Professor Kan Min-Yen, the key member from NUS SoC in the event
organizing committee. "Furthermore, it extended learning beyond the
classroom by encouraging hands-on development of applications that serve a
myriad of needs within the research community."

"The applications developed during the SgCodeJam24 Hackathon are truly
inventive. We admire and thank all the participants who dedicated their time
and energy to this challenge," said Rafael Sidi, Vice President Product
Management, Applications Marketplace and Developer Network, Elsevier.

The SgCodeJam24 is the most recent 24-hour hackathon hosted through the
joint effort of Elsevier and a university partner. Similar collaborative
challenges were conducted in the United States at the New Jersey Institute
of Technology (February 5-6, 2011) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in
New York (June 27-28, 2011).

SciVerse Applications [ ] and the
Developer Network [ ] provide opportunities
for researchers and librarians to collaborate with developers in creating
and promoting new applications that improve research workflows. The
Developer Network features a growing community of application developers who
may gain recognition, prestige and revenue through their contributions to
SciVerse Applications.

About National University of Singapore (NUS)

A leading global university centred in Asia, the National University of
Singapore (NUS) is Singapore's flagship university which offers a global
approach to education and research, with a focus on Asian perspectives and

NUS has 15 faculties and schools across three campuses. Its
transformative education includes a broad-based curriculum underscored by
multi-disciplinary courses and cross-faculty enrichment. Over 36,000
students from 100 countries enrich the community with their diverse social
and cultural perspectives.

NUS has three Research Centres of Excellence (RCE) and 21
university-level research institutes and centres. It is also a partner for
Singapore's 5th RCE. NUS shares a close affiliation with 16 national-level
research institutes and centres. Research activities are strategic and
robust and NUS is well-known for its research strengths in engineering, life
sciences and biomedicine, social sciences and natural sciences. It also
strives to create a supportive and innovative environment to promote
creative enterprise within its community.

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About National University of Singapore's School of Computing

Established in 1998, NUS School of Computing provides a stimulating
environment that amalgamates the best of educational traditions, drawing its
faculty staff of 200 from leading universities ranging from NUS, the Ivy
League and Oxbridge.

The School, which is a fully fledged faculty within the National
University of Singapore, has about 2,000 students, a quarter of them
pursuing graduate studies. Since its early days as the only university
department in Singapore that produced computing talent for the workforce,
NUS School of Computing has produced a trail of distinguished alumni,
including the chief executives and technology architects of multinationals
and government agencies.

The School encourages excellence in diversity among its students. Some
are winners of prestigious awards such as the National Infocomm Scholarship.
Others are creative thinkers capable of besting their peers in international
competitions in areas such as Games and Artificial Intelligence.

About the Elsevier SciVerse suite

The SciVerse ( 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
(, the world's largest source of
peer-reviewed content containing more than 10 million articles, and SciVerse
Scopus (, an abstract and citation database
containing 41 million records, 70% with abstracts and nearly 18,000 titles
from 5,000 publishers worldwide. The platform also includes SciVerse Hub
beta (, 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. SciVerse
Applications ( and Developer
Network ( 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 [ ] and Cell
[ ], and close to 20,000 book titles, including major
reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier's online solutions include
SciVerse ScienceDirect [ ], SciVerse Scopus
[ ], Reaxys [ ], MD Consult
[ ] and Nursing Consult
[ ], which enhance the productivity of science
and health professionals, and the SciVal suite [ ] and
MEDai's Pinpoint Review [ ], which help research and
health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier
[ ] employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is
part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC [ ], 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

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