#discodev — announcing the first Discovery developer competition

July 3, 2011

I’m pleased to announce that we’re teaming with UKOLN’s Developer Community Supporting Innovation (DevCSI) to run a developer competition throughout July 2.

There’s a lot of talk about the potential of open data, and how it can support innovation, but we want to try and drive that innovation in ways that help us understand in practical terms what’s possible, and what future use (and business) cases might look like.

It’s fairly simple — we want developers to build open source software applications or tools using at least one of our 10 open data sources collected from libraries, museums and archives. Other sources may be used (we encourage it).

This is a chance to win a nice chunk of Amazon vouchers (from £30 to £100) or an EEE Pad Transformer (a.k.a. hackable equivalent to the iPad)

Enter simply by blogging about your application and emailing the blog post URI to me (joy.palmer@manchester.ac.uk) by the deadline of 2359 (your local time) on Monday 1 August 2011 (now extended to 2359 on Monday 22 August 2011).

More information about the rules, criteria for judging, and ideas for what might be worth trying etc., is all detailed here.

p.s. If you blog, tweet, etc, then use: #discodev (uh huh).