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Challenge Seeking Creative Use Cases for Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge
Seeking Creative Use Cases for Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 835
Posted: Jan 18 2013
Challenge ID: 9933183
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This Challenge seeks use cases for Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge content, tools, and APIs (Application Programming Interface) that would enable users to engage in creative new behaviors, beyond what is currently possible with online research portals.  How will users want to search and discover scholarly content throughout the next 5 years? 

This Challenge is an Ideation Challenge, with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.   In this first phase, the Seeker is looking for creative ideas/use cases; no programming or code delivery is required.


Users interact with online content in a variety of ways depending on their goal. In the scientific and scholarly research community, it’s no different.  New tools and technologies allow researchers to search scholarly content from their phones, laptops and tablets in any way they like.  And more so than ever APIs (application programming interfaces) and simple online development tools allow users to take data and information and serve it up in exactly the way that works for them.  The dynamics of search and discovery are changing, and there is little evidence of it slowing down in the near future. What creative new uses do you envision for the Web of Knowledge to help advance scientific and scholarly research? 

This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:

  • There is a guaranteed award.  The awards will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seeker. The total payout will be $10,000: $6000 for first place, $3000 for second place, and $1000 for third place.
  • Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker.  Rather, by submitting a proposal, each Solver grants to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information included in their proposal.

After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s).All Solvers who submitted a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided



Thomson Reuters is the largest provider of intelligent information to businesses and professionals in the world. The content, tools, and services we deliver across the scientific and scholarly research community empower our customers and users to swiftly identify, evaluate and promote the research that will continue to advance our world. From search and discovery to publishing and analysis, we support the entire research lifecycle.  

In this Challenge, we want to engage the community in helping to collaborate on the future of scholarly search and discovery because we realize information technology is changing rapidly and want to make sure the Web of Knowledge is supporting the world's most innovative users.

What is InnoCentive?
InnoCentive is the global innovation marketplace where creative minds solve some of the world's most important problems for cash awards up to $1 million. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with InnoCentive to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is an InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge?

An InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge is a broad question formulated to obtain access to new ideas, similar to a global brainstorm for producing a breakthrough idea or market survey which may include ideas for a new product line, a new commercial application for a current product, or even a viral marketing idea to recruit new customers. Ideation™ Challenge submissions are typically about two written pages, and Seekers receive a non-exclusive, perpetual license to use all submissions.

In an Ideation™ Challenge, Solvers may:

  • Submit ideas of their own
  • Submit third party information that they have the right to use and further the authority to convey that right and the right to use and develop derivative works to Seekers
  • Submit information considered in the public domain without any limitations on use

Solvers should not reveal any confidential information in their submissions. Often the Ideation™ Challenge will be followed by one or more of the other three Challenge types to further develop the ideas and gain Intellectual Property protection when the concept has been well-defined.

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