Data Visualization & Mixed Reality in Research Publishing

Springer Nature Hackathon from 7 - 9 November 2018 in San Francisco

Springer Nature invites you to participate in our upcoming hackathon. Create new applications that help researchers advance discovery, using data visualization and mixed reality.

Join us at the Microsoft Reactor in San Francisco from November 7-9 for an opportunity to build new and innovative mixed reality applications using Springer Nature’s data and research publications.

During the Hackathon, experts from Springer Nature will support teams as they work with our unique datasets. From eBooks to journals, to research tools like SN SciGraph or APIs from Bookmetrix, Unsilo or Dimensions, we’ll provide you with the metadata behind our products and services.

Event details:

Dates and Time: 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 5:00 PM PST


Friday November 9, 2018 6:00 PM PST


Microsoft Reactor

680 Folsom Street

San Francisco, CA 94107, USA


We believe the future holds many exciting possibilities for scientific data, beyond the published page. Previous Springer Nature Hack Days have explored challenges in discovery, research data and analytics. This event in our series takes a more visual approach, inspired by advances in Mixed Reality technologies. From creating virtual science labs, to enhancing the reading experience, to interacting in real time with charts and diagrams - help shape the way we use scientific data by advancing discovery and improving research with applications that have never been thought of before. Participants will have access to billions of data points across scientific, technical, and medical publishing with applications across disciplines.

Prizes & Perks

Members of the winning team will each receive a Windows Mixed Reality Headset and an Amazon Gift Card. The winning team will also have the chance to pitch their concept to Springer Nature and win a partnership.

This event is completely free and will be held at the Microsoft Reactor in downtown San Francisco. We will provide food, drinks and snacks throughout the event. Participants will have access to HoloLens and Windows Mixed Reality Headsets during the event, on loan from the Reactor (quantities are limited); mentors will be available to guide you in using these technologies. You’ll be able to network with developers and designers, and data experts from Springer Nature and other cooperating companies, and help shape the future of research data visualization, in a multidisciplinary environment.

Who should participate

Creative minds across the board are encouraged to participate -- including (but not limited to): Developers, Designers, UX Experts, PhDs, University Students, Corporate and Academic Librarians, Knowledge Managers, Corporate Researchers, Product Designers, Data Visionaries, Evangelists.

Limited space - free tickets

Save the date and register for the Springer Nature Hackathon now! Space is limited and tickets are free. We look forward to meeting you!

Register today

Which data sets will be available?

Participants can choose from a variety of unique data sets provided by Springer Nature including:

  • Springer Nature SciGraph: Over 1 billion triples (articles, abstracts, books, grants, conferences, etc.) available for download as Linked Open Data and via API.
  • Springer Meta(data) APIs: metadata feeds for almost 12 million online documents (e.g. journal articles, book chapters, protocols).
  • Springer full text API: access to full-text content for Springer articles and chapters
  • UNSILO APIs: ‘Related’ returned top matching articles, ‘Metadata’ contains all the concepts that have been extracted from a given article
  • DIMENSIONS API: Links publications, grants, patents and clinical trials in a consistent network of over 128 million documents, connected by approximately 4 billion links.
  • InfoChem Chemical Named Entity Annotations: Data collection consists of four million Springer Nature documents with 604,000 unique chemical compounds associated and relevancy values on document level assigned.

  • Microsoft Azure Cognitive Services API: Azure Cognitive Services are APIs, SDKs, and services available to help developers build intelligent applications without having direct AI or data science skills or knowledge.

  • Microsoft Academic Knowledge API: With this service, you will be able to interpret user queries for academic intent and retrieve rich information from the Microsoft Academic Graph (MAG).

  • Semantic Scholar Open Research Corpus contains over 39 million published research papers in Computer Science, Neuroscience and Biomedical sciences.

Participants may also choose to work with other, external data.

About the Springer Nature Hack Day Series

Established in June 2017, the Springer Nature Hack Day Series aims at facilitating the collaboration between developers and researchers to create new tools and services based on open data. The overall goal is to explore innovative and inspiring ways on how to advance discovery with research data.

We hosted two Hack Days in 2017: The first Springer Nature Hack Day focused on "Linked Open Data in Action", while the second Springer Nature Hack Day's theme "Advancing discovery with published research data" also included data from Scientific Reports.

In April 2018, we hosted another Hack Day, this time in Berlin, focusing on “Analytics and metrics to measure the impact of science”. More information on the Springer Nature Hack Day “Decoding Scientific Content” organized in Pune, India, by TPS will follow soon.

This event is powered by