Building the world's largest semantic research database - from scratch!

author: Victor Henning, Mendeley Ltd.
published: Dec. 23, 2010,   recorded: December 2010,   views: 490
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Mendeley started as three guys in a virtual garage in 2007 - and has grown to become the world's largest research collaboration platform less than two years after its public launch in 2008. Used by more than 500,000 academics and industry researchers, Mendeley enables researchers to manage documents, arrange collaborative projects, work and discuss in groups, as well as share data across Mendeley’s web platform. Along the way, Mendeley picked up awards like "European Start-Up of the Year" at the 2009 Plugg Conference in Brussels, "Best Social Innovation Which Benefits Society" at the 2009 TechCrunch Europe Awards, and "Start-Up Most Likely To Change The World For The Better" at the 2010 Guardian Activate Summit. Mendeley has received venture capital from the founders and executives behind Skype, Last.fm and Warner Music Group, as well as research grant funding from the European Union and UK's Technology Strategy Board and Joint Information Systems Committee. Victor will share his experiences in taking Mendeley from an idea by German Ph.D. students to a 35-person start-up with offices in London and New York, and talk about Mendeley's plans for the future - including a crowdsourced semantic database and research application contest.

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