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ATAPY Software Signs an Agreement with Springer

Novosibirsk, Russia, June 5, 2003 — ATAPY Software, a premier provider of contract OCR programming services in Russia, and Springer-Verlag GmbH, a world-renowned German scientific publishing house, have signed a service agreement today concerning re-digitisation of the first portion of the 150.000-page Landolt-Börnstein encyclopedia. This contract is regarded as the first step in a series of contracts envisioned by the two companies.

Landolt-Börnstein, an encyclopedia by Richard Börnstein and Hans Landolt, first issued in 1883, is a popular reference work on physical chemistry regularly consulted by natural scientists and engineers around the world. Publishing this distinguished data source at SpringerLINK, an online scholarly database by Springer-Verlag, in 2002 had been acknowledged as an important milestone in world scientific publishing.

The Landolt-Börnstein editorial office has lately become concerned with the re-digitisation of certain parts of the encyclopedia content, in order to provide more advanced indexation and keyword search capabilities, and to further optimize the material for web usage. With ATAPY’s assistance, Springer-Verlag will provide the world scientific community more convenient access to all valuable data collected in Landolt-Börnstein, and will thus facilitate further popularization and dissemination of this important knowledge.

About Springer-Verlag

Springer-Verlag GmbH, Germany, founded in 1842, a part of the BertelsmannSpringer group, is one of the most prominent international scientific publishers in the world. Springer's publications range from medicine to all fields of life sciences, mathematics and engineering. Today's third largest publisher in Germany, the company publishes annually over 2,400 new books and approximately 500 journals. Many of these are also available in electronic form through SpringerLINK, an online scholarly publishing initiative maintained by Springer since 1996.

About ATAPY Software

ATAPY Software, a contract development arm of ABBYY Software House, specializes in customized OCR/ICR, imaging, and computer linguistics solutions. In addition to its main activity, ATAPY has been taking part in various archive digitization and knowledge preservation endeavors, through offering a range of media services (scanning, data capture, key-from-image, mark-up, verification, etc.) to libraries and data archives all over the world. A good example of ATAPY's work in this field is the project the Royal Danish Library that concerned digitization and XML-conversion of XVI-XX century archive of Danish classic literature. For more information please see www.atapy.com.

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