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Elsevier Acquires Atira, a Provider of Research Management Solutions

Elsevier announced the acquisition of Atira, a provider of software and tools that help academic institutions and researchers manage and improve their research outcomes. Atira complements Elsevier's SciVal by expanding the scope of data to report on research activities across an academic institution and by broadening the range of tools and dashboards to analyze those data. 

Atira’s main product, Pure, is a flexible research information system that enables the planning, evaluation, and reporting of research activities. Pure accesses, extracts, incorporates, and normalizes data from internal data sources such as human resources, finance and grant awards systems, from research projects’ progress reports, from subscribed datasets such as Scopus, and from other proprietary and public datasets, to enable a complete picture of the research enterprise. Pure makes it easy to aggregate, process, and visualize these disparate data sources into dashboards and tools, enabling research leaders to monitor and manage their institutions’ research activities and to identify opportunities for improvement, e.g., to win more grants, retain strong performers, and demonstrate impact to attract funding and talent. Funding bodies and government departments also have an increasing thirst to collect, evaluate, and analyze data. Pure’s tools help support this purpose by helping universities submit data, for example, to national assessment exercises such as the U.K.’s Research Excellence Framework.

Atira is a Danish company founded in 2002 and operating in Northern Europe. Its technical domain is computer science and software engineering with a focus on server-side software architecture and systems integration. Financial details of the acquisition are not being disclosed.

Source: Elsevier



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