About the Challenge
The Elsevier Grand Challenge: Knowledge Enhancement in the Life Sciences is a contest created to improve the way scientific information is communicated and used. The contest invites members of the scientific community to describe and prototype a tool to improve the interpretation and identification of meaning in (online) journals and text databases relating to the life sciences. Specifically we are looking for new ways to:
- improve the process/methods/results of creating, reviewing and editing scientific content
- interpret, visualize or connect the knowledge more effectively, and/or
- provide tools/ideas for measuring the impact of these improvements.
While the traditional functions of peer-review, quality control, dissemination and archiving remain at the heart of scientific publishing, it is clear that new technologies are creating opportunities to facilitate interpretation of data. In initiating the Elsevier Grand Challenge, we hope to interact with the scientific community to discuss changing modes of publishing and knowledge sharing with innovative groups who are interested in changing the way science is published. The objective is to generate useful new ideas that could have a widespread impact on scientific publishing in general.
The Grand Challenge is now closed to submissions. Finalists have been announced.
From the submitted abstracts, a number of semi-finalists were selected by our multi-disciplinary Panel of Judges. These semi-finalists were given the opportunity to work with a large collection of Elsevier life science content to develop and refine their concept. The semi-finalists presented their work to the Panel of Judges who selected a small group of finalists. Should they wish, semi-finalists and finalists can potentially explore the commercial development of their tool in collaboration with Elsevier.
Finalists are invited to present their vision papers at a scientific session held at Experimental Biology and in a webinar at which the Panel of Judges will announce the winners. The webinar is free and open to questions from registrants. The first place winner will be awarded a cash prize of US$35,000 and the second place winner a cash prize of US$15,000. All finalists will receive free trial access to ScienceDirect and Scopus for a year.
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