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9 December 2016


What is IMSMA?

The Information Management System for Mine Action is a software designed to support the needs of the mine action community for decision support, monitoring and reporting. Core elements of IMSMA include a PostgreSQL database engine and a geographic information system (GIS) for displaying information on maps. Its client/server architecture enables stand-alone installations for small mine action programmes as well as client/server installations for large programmes with many users distributed across multiple sites and organisations. Additionally, IMSMA can be connected to supporting components that directly interact with the IMSMA system. This includes an online Mine action INTelligence tool (MINT) for advanced analytics and reporting as well more common tools like Microsoft Excel.

Designed with flexibility and usability at heart, IMSMA is very adaptable and can be continuously customised by individual programmes to suit their changing information management needs. This includes defining the type of mine action data to store and the relationships among the types, the forms used to collect information in the field and the workflows - such as for instance land release. Significant attention should be paid when setting up and customising IMSMA to make sure that it is adapted to the needs of all staff and external stakeholders.

Did you know...

First released in 1998, IMSMA is now the primary software in mine action and is installed in 47 countries. IMSMA includes built-in flexibility to support a variety of information management needs, ranging from the largest humanitarian programs in the world to the smallest. IMSMA provides humanitarian organisations and planners with the necessary information to enhance project efficiency and maximize the value of limited resources.

Features

  • A decision-support system with embedded GIS
  • designed for the Windows operating systems and requires 3 GB of free disk space.
  • Currently translated into multiple languages including English, French and Spanish. There will be more translations available in the future such as Arabic, Russian and Ukranian.

Specifications

Obtaining IMSMA systems 

IMSMA is provided for free. Full details on how to get IMSMA systems installation package .

IMSMA Training and Support 

For IMSMA systems training, refer to the Training portal.

For GICHD support to your country, refer to the Information Management Team page.

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