The MIMAS Metadatabase, which was developed by this project, is freely available and provides a single point of access into the disparate, cross-domain MIMAS datasets and services. It provides a means for researchers to find and access material to aid in the furtherance of their work, thus assisting in the advancement of knowledge. Learners and their teachers will be able to discover appropriate learning resources across the MIMAS portfolio, improving the educational value of these datasets. The MIMAS Metadatabase may be searched by a World Wide Web or a Z39.50 interface
There has been some continued development of the MIMAS Metadatabase as part of the 'follow-on' project Implementing the DNER Technical Architecture at MIMAS (ITAM). This included some enhancement of the metadata, improvement to the metadata creation and update process, and additional interoperable interfaces, in particular Open Archives Initiative for metadata harvesting.
Further details of the MIMAS Metadatabase may be found from the following links.
The 'MIMAS Metadatabase' project was funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) for the UK Higher and Further Education Councils as part of the JISC Services DNER: Z39.50/Authentication Programme.
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