Ten free Cloud Servers for the API contest

We’re delighted to report that more than 25 developers have signed up for a key after our recent announcement that PLoS has teamed up with Mendeley to create a Binary Battle API contest. If you are part of this crowd, or you would like to be but can’t afford a hosting environment, then the helpful team at NephoScale Cloud Hosting have made a generous offer to PLoS.

They are going to provide ten CS1 Cloud Servers (includes 1 CPU Core, 1 GB RAM, and 50 GB Disk Storage) until December 15th 2011 to selected applicants. All you have to do to be considered is email them  (openscienceapp@nephoscale.com) with details of:

  • How your app will make science more open
  • Your project name
  • Your operating system
  • Your affiliation
  • Why your entry deserves to be selected for a NephoScale Cloud Server.

Here’s what Bruce Templeton, CEO of NephoScale, said about why they are supporting this contest:

“we want to remove any barriers to entry in this API contest so that developers, some of who may be working in academia, can get creative and build apps that make science more open”.

Please note, NephoScale can not accept entries from PLoS staff or their immediate families, their investors or board members. All entries need to have direct relevance to the API contest. This offer is for those building apps using the PLoS Search API only (which was upgraded yesterday to include Search within Figure Captions).

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