Update on recent ZIMS,
EADISC and IADISC activities
Frands Carlsen & Duncan Bolton, Co-chairs EADISC
are extremely happy and proud to announce that the ZIMS project has reached a
major milestone: the selection of the Canadian based company CGI as software
developer for the project. CGI, founded in 1976, is a Global Information Technology and Business Process Services firm,
with over 25,000 professionals and 3500+ clients worldwide. CGI has offices in
60 countries including UK, France, Italy, Luxembourg and Belgium.
It would not have been possible to achieve
this very important stage without the help and support from a wide range of the
global stakeholders. We would like to thank everyone in EAZA that have been
involved so far for their considerable time and effort.
developers initially entered into the Request for Proposal (RFP) process and of
these, twelve were determined
to be qualified for the ZIMS Project. These
companies submitted their responses and after extensive review by the ZIMS
Evaluation Team, with participation from both EADISC Chairs, five were invited
to a selection conference in Washington D.C. in December 2003 to give
presentations to the Evaluation Team. The Team then, in a unanimous decision,
selected the two most suitable finalists.
ISIS ZIMS Project Steering Group (PSG) then selected a Contract Negotiation Team
assembled for their expertise and experience in contract negotiations for
outsourced software projects. After
extensive negotiations and review, CGI was chosen and approved as the best
company to develop ZIMS.
mid-year meeting was hosted by the EAZA Executive Office in Amsterdam on 7th
March 2004. Apart from discussing actions for the next half year the meeting had
a special focus on the data quality issues related to the regional preparation
All in all
the European region has showed a good improvement in data quality but there is
still a long way to go before we can truly say that our ISIS data are ready for
migration into ZIMS. The data migration is essential for a successful deployment
of the new system. According to the timeline set for the project this is only 20
months away – so please keep up the good work!
A ZIMS Data Standards workshop was hosted by Lisbon Oceanarium on 29-31st
March. The purpose and objectives of this workshop were to work
on the functional requirements, workflows and data standards pertaining to
environmental monitoring, group management and enclosures. Joao Correia from Lisbon Oceanarium and David Gibson from The Deep participated in the workshop and gave
valuable input from a European perspective.
Sandra Silinski from Zoo Salzburg, in her capacity as a veterinary
member of EADISC, participated in the first ZIMS veterinary data standards
workshop hosted by the Zoological Society
of San Diego on 16-18th April 2004. The purpose of this workshop was
to provide a ZIMS overview and project status update along with introducing the
standards development and overall application processes. There was great excitement
about ZIMS project and understanding of the importance of getting personally
involved in drafting proposals for data standards. Information about ZIMS will
be distributed through the regional zoo and wildlife veterinarian organisations
using the organisations' homepages, newsletters and conferences. Also, a new
ZIMS Veterinary Listserve will be a powerfull tool for sharing information as
well as the data standards development process. This listserve is moderated by
Ilse Stalis and Tracy Clippinger both from San Diego Zoo and account issues are
dealt by Nell Bekiares from ISIS (email@example.com).
Please contact Nell for more information.
two workshops above are the starting signal for a long list of specialist
workshops in the coming year that are needed to develop ZIMS (see below).
The EADISC Chairs participated
in the IADISC mid-year meeting hosted by Disney Animal Kingdom in Orlando,
Florida, 11-14 May 2004. The International ADISC worked hard to identify
additional subject matter experts for future workshop participation and to fill
out vacant positions on data standards work, quality control, training and
change control. The latter part of the meeting was attended by two members of
the CGI ZIMS project team. The focus of this meeting was mainly on creating an
understanding of expectations from both parties, settle unclarified issues and
agree on dates and venues for future workshops on Joint Application Design (JAD)
and Data Standards development. Two JAD sessions have already been scheduled for
19-22 July in Minneapolis, USA and 9-12 August in
Sydney, Australia. Three more session are scheduled for September in Toronto,
Canada, October in Bristol, UK and November in Orlando, USA. The final dates for
these meetings are still to be decided. All meetings need input from European
Subject Matter Experts and we will soon begin the process of head-hunting EAZA
SMEs for all meetings (refer to positions vacancies).
In order to
promote the European Data Quality process Ross
Snipp from the ISIS Office is now also working specifically on European data quality
10-15 hours a week, contacting institutions needing assistance in this area and
helping them. We sincerely hope that this proactive
effort will help to improve the European data even more in the near future. If
you have questions regarding your data please feel free to contact Ross directly
on firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also seek
assistance and more information through the European Animal Records Keepers
Group (EARKG) listserve. For inclusion please contact Rob Belterman from Rotterdam Zoo on email@example.com.
the regional communication on the ZIMS project Ulrike
Rademacher from Zoo Wilhelma now acts actively as Regional ZIMS Communication Facilitator. Ulrike will work directly
with the ZIMS Communication Manager to keep key stakeholders in the European
region informed about ZIMS developments, increase awareness about the ZIMS
project, and distribute news releases and other communiqués to the regional
but not least we a happy to announce that Britta
Scholz from Givskud Zoo, Denmark has been invited for a position in the ZIMS
Technology Working Group (ZTWG). ZTWG will
work closely with CGI on technical questions, to validate technical design,
create a user friendly interface, identify technical advisors as list server
moderators, review reporting requirements and technical verification of project
in the ‘positions’ pages of the newsletter for SME’s: Vacancy
– Subject Matter Experts (that means all of you reading this newsletter)
needed for European Animal Data Information Systems Committee – Working Group.
This is the forum for you all to make sure that the new records system provides
what you need. ZIMS is coming, help
us to ensure that it will meet our needs into the future. Contact Frands Carlsen, Copenhagen Zoo or Duncan Bolton,
Bristol Zoo for details.