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 interact with the IMSMA system. This includes the IMSMA Staging Area
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.