About SciVerse Applications

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ABOUT SCIVERSE APPLICATIONS

1.1. WHAT IS A SCIVERSE APPLICATION?

SciVerse Applications are software programs that use information and data from SciVerse or external sources to enhance a user’s workflow. SciVerse applications may be built by Elsevier or 3rd party developers and are web-based (not mobile). They work in ScienceDirect or Scopus or Hub and all, to date, are free. See the below for examples of how apps integrate into SciVerse.

You can learn more by watching this three minute video and at the Resources page.

1.2. WHAT ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF SCIVERSE APPLICATIONS?

There are currently 33 applications and growing. Visit the Gallery for more details.

1.3. CAN SCIVERSE APPLICATIONS WORK ON MOBILE DEVICES?

SciVerse Applications are web-based apps, not mobile, but anyone with a smart phone or a tablet with a browser and an Internet connection can obviously access SciVerse.

1.4. WHAT IS A GOOD APP FOR SCIVERSE?

There are a number of considerations involved in assessing the viability of an app in SciVerse:

  1. Does it solve a real problem? – some apps support a broad spectrum of users at many institutions. Others offer value to a unique niche of SciVerse users or a particular subject area. Both types are equally good, though for the purpose of this Challenge we value apps that can span across institutions. This is just one of the criteria, however, so if your idea is specific to your institution only, submit it. You may discover that other librarians out there have a similar problem.
  2. Can it be built and supported? – this is a difficult criteria to nail down given the rapid evolution of technology. Check out the apps in the Gallery today. These will give you a sense of what is possible. Consider if you’ve seen an application or service outside of SciVerse. It’s conceivable that it could be ported into SciVerse. Ultimately, submit your idea anyway. A creative developer out there may just have the solution.
  3. Is it usable? – the user experience and speed of an application are also important. Even the best ideas can fail if they’re too complicated or slow. We welcome your thoughts and insights on what would work well for your users but you can also rely on the capabilities of the Developer Network, the SciVerse Applications team and the SciVerse platform to make this work.
    Check out the apps available today in the Gallery, try them out and see what you think. Can you see them helping you or your users? Do you have a better idea or an improvement? Submit it.