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The Making of IMSMA

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IMSMA Legacy
[[IMSMA V5]] released in 2007 provided another major enhancement by including an [[impact scoring tool]] and the possibility of recording [[victim]]s and [[accident]]s separately. User feedback and lessons learnt are constantly evaluated and compiled by the [[GICHD]]. Furthermore, the GICHD close collaboration with FGM remains crucial to guarantee that we meet our users’ needs and requirements in the field.
[[Glossary|<abbr title="Information Management System for Mine Action">IMSMA</abbr>]] Legacy Systems refers to older IMSMA versions (V1.x to V3.x) deployed in the field before IMSMA NG.
Support is still being provided to installations that were performed by the GICHD, and which are currently in use for field operations.
[[IMSMA V3]] was released in 2002 and followed by regular updates over the next couple of years. It presented a complete new software architecture and each update contributed substantially with new added functionalities and greater flexibility. This was a first attempt to move from the original repository database into a more operational management tool for the mine action programmes. The task tracking tool allowed information managers to account for the work accomplished by each organization.
In addition, IMSMA V3 started embracing professional database platforms such as [[Microsoft SQL Server]] for its technical development. This software improved numerous aspects, from data handling being facilitated through the design of database queries, to installations into a networked environment, with an increased number of simultaneous users.
==First deployments==
IMSMA V1 was first deployed to the field in Kosovo in 1999. Information management being one focus principle of every mine action programme, the Zurich’s Institute of Technology (ETHZ) had been mandated by the GICHD to develop a standardized software tool to help process and coordinate both data and activities related to mine action. Valuable cooperation from field users resulted in the development of a new version. IMSMA v.2.2 was said to be “significantly better” as it provided among others, a plug-in to ArcVIEW allowing to view information on a map. It was with this newly developed version that IMSMA was adopted by the UN on an international level as the standard for humanitarian demining information.
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