*August 1st 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

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.

*About BioMed Central*

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.

*About Atmire*

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.

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