Springer’s API challenge; a new app from LexisNexis; a new platform for ASM; and the launch of ChemPlusChem.

Springer API Challenge 2.0 open now

“Springer announces the Springer API (Application Programming Interface) Challenge 2.0, its second competition for original, non-commercial applications using its freely available metadata and content APIs. The Springer API Challenge 1.0 asked participants to develop applications that offer users new ways to find, visualize, and manipulate relevant data drawn from Springer’s … content database.”  The winners of Springer’s API Challenge 2.0 will be announced in June, 2012.

LexisNexis Launches New Release of Lexis Advance

LexisNexis today announced the general availability of new web application called Lexis Advance which it says will “allow the primary researchers within legal and professional organizations to easily and efficiently find more highly relevant information than ever before, helping them to be more productive and drive better outcomes.” According to an thorough analysis in Information Today, Lexis Advance “is to be released to all current Lexis.com users at no extra charge over the next several months. In addition, traditional Lexis.com will continue.” Product videos and information are available at: http://www.lexisnexis.com/advance.

Publishing Technology to build new digital platform for the American Society for Microbiology

“The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and Publishing Technology plc (LSE: PTO) today announced a partnership to create a next-generation digital platform to host all of the organization’s published … content online.”  According to the press release this new platform “will house the largest single collection of microbiology research available.”  The website will be custom-built and “developed on Publishing Technology’s pub2web platform.”

Wiley-VCH and ChemPubSoc Europe to Launch Multidisciplinary Chemistry Journal

Wiley-VCH, part of the scientific and technical publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., and ChemPubSoc Europe, an association of 16 chemical societies, have announced the launch of ChemPlusChem, a multidisciplinary journal centering on chemistry (http://www.chempluschem.org).  ChemPlusChem, … will succeed the Collection of Czechoslovak Chemical Communications which will cease publication at the end of 2011.”