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Macmillan Announces Release of Digital Science
Macmillan Publishers Ltd. announced the launch of Digital Science, a new division of the company and a new kind of scientific information enterprise. Digital Science will focus on providing software tools and services to scientists, managers, and funders with the ultimate aim of making research more productive through the use of technology.
The activities of Digital Science build on the editorial and technological capabilities of its sister company, Nature Publishing Group (NPG), but will focus on technology-based solutions for research rather than scientific content. The Digital Science team brings together a wide range of expertise in science and technology, and is led by Timo Hannay, former publishing director of nature.com.
The new business combines in-house product design and software development capabilities with external expertise from a range of partners, including academic research groups, start-up businesses and established companies. Currently announced commercial partners include SureChem, BioData and Symplectic.
SureChem, Inc. is a scientific text-mining company that specializes in automatically extracting chemical information from large content collections. Its web portal provides a quick, cost-effective means to search the world's patents for chemical structures and names. Its technology is also used to annotate chemical terms in the scientific journals hosted on nature.com. The company was acquired by Macmillan in December 2009 and it is now part of Digital Science.
BioData, Ltd. provides laboratory management systems for bench scientists and lab administrators. Digital Science acquired an equity stake in BioData in December 2010.
Symplectic creates tools “written by academics for academics.” The focus of the company’s flagship product “Elements” is to help researchers save time in a culture of increasing administrative demands and, as a side-effect, provides institutions with high quality data on their research. Digital Science acquired an equity stake in Symplectic in December 2010.
Source: Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
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