Reed Elsevier unit acquires Danish software firm Atira

Elsevier BV, a division of Anglo-Dutch publisher and professional information provider Reed Elsevier Group PLC (LON:REL, AMS:REN), said it had acquired Denmark’s Atira A/S without disclosing the financial particulars of the deal.

Atira was established in 2002 and its activities are concentrated in Northern Europe. The company operates in the computer science and software engineering domain, focusing on server-side architecture and systems integration. Its flagship product is a research information system called Pure. It allows researchers to plan, assess and report activities, facilitating the task of data sources aggregation and visualisation. By using Pure, research project leaders can monitor and manage activities and identify improvement opportunities. The system is currently used by more than 47,000 researchers.

With the acquisition of Atira, Elsevier adds complementary capabilities to its SciVal suite, helping academic institutions improve project management and research outcomes. Nick Fowler, who runs Elsevier’s Academic and Government Institutions segment, said that research and funding organisations were increasingly looking for solutions that provide a clear and comprehensive picture of research activities and outcomes. The software developed by Atira helps users get the information that allows them to manage resources effectively and attain their research goals, Fowler said.

Atira director Thomas Jorgensen said that both companies were focused on providing institutions and researchers with quality solutions that improve outcomes. By becoming part of a company with a global footprint, Atira will be able to take its products faster to academic and government institutions worldwide, Jorgensen added.