LONDON, November 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Cloud-based solution to make distribution of scientific research funding more efficient and effective
ÜberResearch, a technology company focused on providing data-led intelligence to providers of scientific research funding, has secured investment from Digital Science, a global software company headquartered in London and operated by Macmillan Science & Education.
The investment capital will be used to accelerate development of its cloud-based grants solution and to open offices in the UK and the US. Headquartered in Cologne, ÜberResearch was launched by former founding executives of Collexis, a developer of semantic technology and knowledge discovery software, acquired by Elsevier in 2010. The first ÜberResearch prototype launched in August 2013 to their ten development partners and the first beta release of the platform is scheduled for late 2013.
ÜberResearch will provide funders, large and small, with all the tools and data they need to award, manage, analyse and report on the funding of scientific research. The platform will also facilitate the secure sharing of awarded grant data amongst participants. By analysing other grants awarded around the world, it will ensure that funders are not duplicating the efforts of other institutions and will suggest opportunities for collaboration on complementary projects.
"The way that billions of dollars of grants for scientific research are awarded, managed and measured is still highly manual and time consuming," said Christian Herzog, founder and managing director of ÜberResearch. "The research funders have limited data mining and technology support at hand to avoid duplicate funding or analyse trends and new developments in large datasets. They also don't have any easy way of consistently reporting on the real impact of the research they funded and measuring its success."
Daniel Hook, Director of Research Metrics at Digital Science added: "We're excited to have ÜberResearch join our growing portfolio of businesses in the scientific software space as it seeks to make funding, and as a result, the whole scientific research process more efficient and effective."
ÜberResearch is a technology company focused on helping funders of scientific research including private organisations, non-profits, and governmental institutions to make better funding decisions. The company's cloud-based platform provides better views of an organisation's grant data, peer organisation activities, and the data of the funding community at large. The software functions span search and duplication detection to robust tools for reviewer identification and portfolio analysis. ÜberResearch does business globally and has headquarters in Cologne, Germany. For more information, visit: http://www.uberresearch.com and follow @uberresearch.
About Digital Science
Digital Science is a technology company serving the needs of scientific research. Operated by Macmillan Science & Education, it offers a range of range of scientific technology and content solutions, from intelligent knowledge discovery tools to software applications for the laboratory and decision support systems for managers. Digital Science portfolio companies include Altmetric, BioData, Figshare, Labtiva, ReadCube and Symplectic. For more information, visit: http://www.digital-science.com and follow @digitalsci.
About Macmillan Science & Education
As part of one of the world's largest and best known international publishing and technology groups, the new global division of Macmillan Science & Education is home to its academic, scholarly and educational businesses. The division employs more than 5,000 people, operating on more than 50 countries around the world, supporting scientists, professors, teachers, journalist, editors, writers and entrepreneurs to empower learning and discovery. For more information, visit: http://www.learndiscover.com and follow @MacmillanSandE