PIMMS (Portable Infrastructure for the Metafor Metadata System)


PIMMS tools allow users to create experiments and upload controlled vocabulary mind maps to generate metadata questionnaires

Put briefly...
PIMMS tools capture metadata about models and simulations and the resoning behind them.
PIMMS tools produce metadata in the Metafor Common Information Model (CIM) format.

Simple view of the CIM UML that underpins PIMMSThe CIM structure can be configured with different controlled vocabularies just as CIM in the Metafor cartoon can wear different outfits.

PIMMS brings together the technologies used by Metafor to create the CMIP5 metadata questionnaire into a single interface that allows users to generate their own bespoke metadata questionnaires.  PIMMS tools do this by providing users with a GUI to describe experiments which record why simulations are running / have been run, a tool to upload and translate controlled vocabulary mind maps and a configuration interface to select the experiments and controlled vocabularies that will be used to generate a metadata questionnaire.

PIMMS can be downloaded from the PIMMS GitHub repository and installed on your local computing system.  We are also alpha testing a centralised PIMMS web service hosted at CEDA.  

PIMMS started life as a project funded by the JISC Managing Research Data programme with partners at The University of Reading, The University of Bristol and STFC. You can follow PIMMS on twitter #pimmsMRD (PIMMS Managing Research Data) and via the PIMMS Blog.

The images of CIM and the Engineer are from artwork that was used in the making of the Metafor Digiman Cartoon.  Just as CIM can wear different superhero costumes so the CIM can be configured with different controlled vocabularies.

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