IMSMA Core is built from state-of-the art Geographic Information Systems software (GIS) provided by GIS market leader Esri. IMSMA Core is a system of tools and processes that can be configured to fit national programmes’ specific operational and reporting requirements, which provide access to information to a wide range of stakeholders, foster information sharing and provide near-real time maps and reports on the extent of land contamination. 

It was launched at the Meeting of National Mine Action Directors and United Nations Advisers in February 2018.

Learn more about what it can do in this Storymap.

The current version of IMSMA (IMSMA NG, present in over 40 mine action programmes) is based on technical development methods that have been superseded by recent technological advances. While the GICHD needed to take on a full customisation approach to IMSMA development in the early 2000s (whereby a specialised software tool is developed from scratch at the request of a customer), more powerful off-the-shelf software products are available today that allow for very versatile configuration, carried out in-house and reducing the need to contract software developers.

Thanks to its strategic partnership with GIS developers Esri, the Centre has access to such tools at significantly reduced prices. The net effect is that the GICHD can now provide a more powerful Information Management System for Mine Action (named ‘IMSMA Core’) at a lesser overall cost.

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Information Management System for Mine Action (IMSMA)

IMSMA was first developed in 1999 and has represented a cornerstone of GICHD’s support to the mine action community ever since. IMSMA was designed specifically to fill a gap in available technical solutions for capturing mine action information and its requirements, at a time when Information Management was heavily underutilized in the sector...