Mainz Multimedia Database

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 (
  • 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

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
Tel. 06131-39-30014

Contact person in the Data Center for technical issues and the creation of new archives:

Dr. Annette Holzapfel-Pschorn
Data Center
Tel.: 06131-39-26324

Training Videos

are to be found here.