Effective and secure information management tools play a crucial role in improving operations and enabling national responses in mine action. At the forefront of this effort, the GICHD serves as a key provider of information management advisory services and support for explosive ordnance risk reduction. With its mission to equip partner organizations with modern tools and know-how, the GICHD aims to support national authorities in making evidence-based operational and strategic decisions. This is achieved by providing up-to-date, secure and reliable information management systems which compile, store, analyse and share information that is timely and accurate. To ensure these systems are used effectively, the GICHD offers capacity building to align processes, technology and data with skilled personnel.
The GICHD developed the Information Management System for Mine Action (IMSMA), with the latest version named IMSMA CORE. We constantly adapt IMSMA to the latest technological standards to better gather, analyse, and visualize data. To support national authorities and partners at all levels of critical decisions, IMSMA CORE is built by configuring geographic information systems (GIS) tools, primarily from Esri.
IMSMA Core is a system of tools and processes that can be configured to fit programmes’ specific operational and reporting requirements, which provides access to a wide range of stakeholders, fosters information sharing and provides real time maps and reports on the extent of contamination.
Learn more about GIS and IMSMA CORE through these self-paced online modules and discover that this technology plays an important role in many aspects of our lives. Disaster recovery, environmental management, and peacekeeping operations are just a few uses for geographic information systems. The GICHD and its partners also use GIS to reduce the impact of mines and other explosive ordnances (EOs) throughout the world.
The modules are intended for participants from National Mine Action Programmes and their Operating Partners who are or will be posted to Information Management positions within their respective organisations.
This Guide introduces theoretical and practical methods for using systems engineering to deploy information management systems that support mine action, peace monitoring, disaster risk reduction and other humanitarian initiatives. Systems engineering enables the successful design, deployment, operation and decommissioning of systems.
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.