Since 2004, the Data Center has been offering a multimedia database using the software Imagic IMS (formerly known as ImageAccess). Using this software, institutes and projects may comfortably administrate their image and multimedia files for science, teaching and e-Learning.
The offer was spurred by an initiative of the Institut for Art History, which in 2002 established an interdisciplinary task group 'image database' by the university's administration. The task group evaluated different systems and finally chose ImageAccess Enterprise (now called Imagic IMS) by the company IMAGIC for acquisition. In cooperation with the maker, the Data Center has implemented a number of adaptations of this software according to the needs of the users.
The database may be used by all institutes, facilities, task groups, researchers and members of Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz. At the moment it is used by more than 20 institutes for more than 40 archive areas with more than 800.000 data sets.
Access to all centrally stored original files is enabled via the IMS system, an adminstrative software based on MS SQL.
Attributes and Functions of the System
- Multi-level archiving system for administrating any number of images, multimedia files and documents
- Differentiated access permissions
- Catchy, easy-to-learn operation
- Integration of imaging devices
- Hierarchical structure with three levels: Institute/Group/Images
- Individually definable data fields and form views
- Versatile and comfortable search functions
- Easy data transfer to Word and PowerPoint via drag & drop
- Campus-wide online access, via client software on your workstation computer or via remote desktop server (rds.zdv.uni-mainz.de)
- Remote access from outside the campus net is possible via terminal server
- Routine data backup
- Import interface via Excel / XML for importing data records from other database systems
- Extended access via the internet interface Publisher
Archives Accessible via the Internet
- Picture Archive of the Department of Communications, accessible only for University staff.
- Picture Archives of Historical Cultural Studies, only accessible to employees and students of the respective departments.
- Database 'collections of art history', accessible worldwide.
- Database fortress research, accessible worldwide.
- The Shakespeare picture archive Oppel-Hammerschmidt, accessible worldwide.
- HfM - Music Archive, concert recordings of the Mainz School of Music, accessible only to employees and students of the Mainz School of Music (HfM).
- Image archive - African Independence Celebrations, German / English Archive of the Institute of Anthropology and African Studies, accessible worldwide.
- Archive Dr. Stavros Maderakis, Archive of the Institute for Art History with graphical material of the Greek art historian Stavros Maderakis. The archive is accessible to registered users.
- Picture Archive Numismatics, coin collection of the work group Numismatics (Ancient History), accessible worldwide.
- Time and Temporality in Theme Parks, picture collection about theme parks, see also www.themeparks.uni-mainz.de; accessible worldwide.
Cooperation and Contact Persons
The Art History section 'Phoenix-Mz' and the 'Research Database Architecture-Mz' by Thomas Kaffenberger are made available to an international community via ,Prometheus - The distributed digital image archive for research and teaching e.V.’ Access depends on your licence.
Contact person for content questions:
Dr. Klaus T. Weber
IKM, Department of Art History
Contact person in the Data Center for technical issues and the creation of new archives:
Dr. Annette Holzapfel-Pschorn
are to be found → here.