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Timeline


The Elsevier Grand Challenge will consist of the following components:

1) Invitation for submissions

  • We invite project descriptions of 1,500 words (plus an executive summary of 200 words) from individuals or groups addressing novel ways to improve the interpretation and identification of meaning in (online) journals and text databases relating to the life sciences. 
  • The abstracts are DUE 15 JULY, 2008 (midnight CEST).

2) Abstract Selection

  • The Panel of Judges
  • will select those individuals or groups that are invited to participate in the next round. Selection will be based on project quality, innovation and research content, and the project’s potential for realization in practice. 
  • Semi-finalists will be notified of their selection in the first week of AUGUST, 2008

3) Work on the corpus (AUGUST – NOVEMBER, 2008)

  • Semi-finalists are invited to develop their vision and concept using an Elsevier life science content corpus representing a substantial full-text set of (online) journal content in XML and PDF format with supplementary files and all images. The corpus will be made available by ftp and/or an API, and will include an XML and/or RDF version of EMTREE, and an XML version of a selection of Scopus  records.  The use of Elsevier material is limited to the contest period, and solely for the purpose of the contest.
  • Semi-Finalists are encouraged to keep or contribute to a blog, video diary, or wiki, and/or participate in interviews or other updates via the Elsevier Grand Challenge website.
  • Semi-finalists are asked to submit a demonstration of their work, together with a paper describing their work, by 1 DECEMBER, 2008.
  • Intellectual Property Rights and Assurances

4) Evaluation Meeting DECEMBER 15, 2008

  • Semi-finalists will present their vision papers and demonstrations in person to the Panel of Judges.
  • The Panel of Judges will make an assessment of the submissions based on the presentations and documentation, and then will make a decision as to the Finalists. Selection will be based on project quality, innovation and research content, and the project’s potential for realization in practice. FINALISTS  WILL BE ANNOUNCED 1 JANUARY, 2009
  • Should they wish, semi-finalists and finalists can potentially explore the commercial development of their tool in collaboration with Elsevier

5) Final Presentation, Conference and Award: APRIL 2009, Experimental Biology

  • Finalists will present their vision papers and demonstrations at an academic conference attended by registrants, the Panel of Judges, journalists, editors of Elsevier journals, Elsevier senior management, and development partners.
  • The Panel of Judges will make a final assessment of the submissions based on the vision papers and presentations, and will then announce the first and second place winners (either single individuals or collaborative teams). Selection will be based on project quality, innovation and research content, and the project’s potential for realization in practice. 
  • The first place winner will be awarded a cash prize of US$35,000 and the second place winner awarded a cash prize of US$15,000.  All finalists will receive free trial access to ScienceDirect and Scopus for a year.  Both winners will be publicly acknowledged via press release and promotion in our online and print publications, as well as interviewed for the Elsevier Grand Challenge website.  Should both the winners and Elsevier wish to do so, they may commercially develop the winning tools together.
  • After the close of the contest, but only upon written consent of the semi-finalists and finalists, all semi-finalist and finalist vision papers, prototypes (though not the software), and presentations will be made freely available via the Elsevier Grand Challenge website.
  • Finalists will present in a free webinar open to live questions from registrants.  The winner will be announced on the webinar.

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