Calling all developers! Today the LinkedUp Project are launching the second of the LinkedUp Challenge competitions – the Vidi Competition.

The LinkedUp Project aims to push forward the exploitation of the vast amounts of public, open data available on the Web, in particular by educational institutions and organizations.

For Vidi we’re inviting you to design and build innovative and robust prototypes and demos for tools that analyse and/or integrate open web data for educational purposes. You can submit your Web application, App, analysis toolkit, documented API or any other tool that connects, exploits or analyses open or linked data and that addresses real educational needs. For Vidi your tool may contain some bugs, as long as it has a stable set of features and you have some proof that it can be deployed on a realistic scale.

Please take a look at our video to get a better idea of what we are after.

This time we also have two focused tracks to run alongside our open track. In these tracks we are asking you to design a solution to the problem we have described. The first focused track is called Simplificator and calls for applications easing access to complex information by summarizing them in a simpler form. The second focused track is called Pathfinder and requires applications easing access to recommendation and guidance when choosing appropriate curriculum of courses and related resources. You can find out more about the focused tracks from the LinkedUp Challenge website.

The Vidi competition will run from 4th November 2013 till 14th February 2014. Prizes (up €3,000 for first prize) will be awarded at the European Semantic Web Conference in Crete, Greece in May 2014.

That gives you 3 months to get designing and building. You can find out more details about the catalogue of datasets we’ve collated for you and ideas to get you started on the LinkedUp Challenge website.

So get designing!

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Marieke Guy is co-ordinator of the Open Education Working Group. She currently works on the PASTEUR4OA Project and Europeana Space.