Monday 1st August 2016: Atmire NV has entered into an agreement to acquire Open Repository, BioMed Central's repository service for academic institutions, charities, NGOs and research organisations.
Under the agreement, Atmire will take over management and support of all Open Repository customers effective from today. The acquisition adds to Atmire's client base of institutions using DSpace (an open source repository software package typically used for creating open access repositories) and allows BioMed Central to focus on its core business concerns.
There will be no break in service for Open Repository customers, who will now have access to Atmire's support team.
Lieven Droogmans, CEO Atmire said: “A full turnkey hosted DSpace solution like Open Repository perfectly complements our existing offering of DSpace services. It is an exciting opportunity to develop the future of hosted DSpace repository services based on the pioneering work of Open Repository in this area.”
Rachel Burley, Publishing Director BioMed Central said: “Open Repository has gone from strength to strength, but as the volume of open access papers we publish increases we want to concentrate our efforts on our core business. We are certain that Atmire, as leading experts in DSpace services, are best placed to take Open Repository forward.”
While ensuring continuity in the support of existing Open Repository clients, Atmire is embarking on the largest technological upgrade of the Open Repository platform to date. With goals to improve the ease of use for end users and repository administrators, the company is committing to a substantial investment in the quality of the Open Repository product.
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BioMed Central is an STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) publisher which has pioneered the open access publishing model. All peer-reviewed research articles published by BioMed Central are made immediately and freely accessible online, and are licensed to allow redistribution and reuse. BioMed Central is part of Springer Nature.
Atmire provides DSpace services and add-on modules. As a leading DuraSpace registered service provider, more than 130 institutions from 25 countries already relied on Atmire’s services for the installation, customization, hosting or maintenance of their DSpace repository. Atmire also offers add-on modules to extend the functionality of DSpace. Atmire employs 20 full time staff from its Belgian and US offices. The company sits among the top contributors to the Open Source DSpace platform.