The Discovery & DevCSI Developers Competition

A Headache for the judges …

The Discovery Developers Competition was an international contest we held In partnership with DevCSI in the summer of 2011. The competition was looking for entries with the potential to improve the utility of libraries, archives and museums for their users. Entries were required to make use of one or more of ten listed data sources and the judges applied four broad criteria:

  • How easy is it to use?
  • How useful is it?
  • What potential does it have?
  • How engaging is it?

The four judges (from JISC, DevCSI and the Discovery team) were unable to separate the leading entries and therefore we have three very different joint winners.

Andy McGregor of JISC commented, ‘All the judges were enthused by the range, the imagination and the practical potential every one of the short listed entries. These exemplars offer a very tangible encouragement to institutions considering the business case for opening up and licensing their library, archival and museum metadata. Furthermore, whilst the judging criteria focused on the user experience, we also recognized the institutional value of entries falling outside the awards that focused on data processing and associated visualization.’

The Award Winners

Further details of each short listed entry are provided below this announcement.

The three joint winners were

  • Discobroby Mathieu D’Aquin, from the Open University KMI ream

  • Timelineby Alex Parker, a Southampton computer science undergraduate

  • What’s Aboutby Jason Cooper, from Loughborough University Library's systems team

The special award for ‘data munging’ went to Owen Stephens for Composed

Awards were also made for commended uses of each dataset. Eight of the ten listed licensed open data sources were used as well as other resources including Copac and DBpedia. The winners were:

Guide to the 11 short listed entries

Uses cases

The 11 shortlisted entries demonstrate a wide variety of use cases and interfaces for open data, some of which we’ve highlighted below: