AMSTERDAM, June 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

- Contest Created to Improve the Way Scientific Information is Communicated and Used

Elsevier, a leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, has announced the winners of the Executable Paper Grand Challenge (http://www.executablepapers.com/), a program Elsevier created to address the difficulties associated with reproducing computer science research results. The awards presentation ceremony took place at the 2011 International Conference on Computational Science (ICCS [http://www.iccs-meeting.org/]) on June 2 in Singapore.

The winners, selected from a pool of 70 submissions by a distinguished nine-member jury, are as follows:

First Prize

Top honors went to The Collage Authoring Environment (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877050911001220), whose team members include: Piotr Nowakowski, Eryk Ciepiela, Daniel Harężlak, Joanna Kocot, Marek Kasztelnik, Tomasz Bartyński, Jan Meizner, and Grzegorz Dyk, ACC CYFRONET AGH, Krakow, Poland, and Maciej Malawski of the Institute of Computer Science AGH, Krakow, Poland, and the Center for Research Computing, University of Notre Dame, USA. The Collage Authoring Environment is a scalable architecture designed to support authors, reviewers, and end users as well as publishers. The system allows researchers to create papers by combining narrative discussion with snippets of executable code.

"The Collage system addressed, in the most comprehensive way, the concept of an executable paper," said Dr. Peter Sloot of the University of Amsterdam, External Chair of the Grand Challenge and ICCS Conference Chair. "It presents this vision in a robust architecture, from the standpoint of multiple workflows and end-user perspectives, and allows the easy integration of other components."

Second Prize

Pieter Van Gorp of Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, and Steffen Mazanek, Munich, Germany, won second prize for SHARE: A Web Portal for Creating and Sharing Executable Research Papers (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877050911001207). SHARE (Sharing Hosted Autonomous Research Environments) is a Web portal to a catalog of virtual machines. By deploying a copy of the required operating system in SHARE as well as relevant software and data, authors can make a conventional paper fully reproducible and interactive.

Third Prize

Matan Gavish and David Donoho, Stanford University, received third prize for A Universal Identifier ( http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877050911001256) for Computational Results. The Universal Identifier is a specific implementation of one aspect the executable paper-an ID resolution system for results. The proposed solution is simple and elegant, and confers ease of use by adding one or two lines of code.