The contest judges were impressed at how much the Umlaut does for the user, especially the effort to get them to full text files, and thought the use of OCLC services was well done. As the contest winner, Mr. Singer will receive a check for $2,500 and a visit with OCLC researchers and others in Dublin, Ohio (USA).
More information about Umlaut, including access to the service itself, is linked below.
Jesse Andrews is the contest runner-up, with Book Burro, a Firefox/Flock extension that uses Open WorldCat and xISBN functionality to facilitate locating books.
The Second OCLC Research Software Contest ran from July 1 through mid-September. Its goal was to encourage innovation in the use of web-based services for libraries.
Entries were judged by a panel of expert practitioners and academicians from OCLC and the library/information community:
- Thom Hickey
Chief Scientist, OCLC
blogs at outgoing
- Walt Crawford
Systems Analyst, RLG and OCLC
author/editor of Cites & Insights; blogs at Walt at Random
- Elizabeth Lane Lawley
Associate Professor and Director, Lab for Social Computing, Rochester Institute of Technology
blogs at mamamusings, many-to-many, and misbehaving.net
- Roy Tennant
User Services Architect, California Digital Library
Owner, Web4Lib and XML4Lib electronic discussions; author
Ross Singer's Umlaut
Jesse Andrews' Book Burro
2005 Contest Winner