Research Tool: FAIMS

FAIMS: Field Acquired Information Management Systems

Lead Organisations: Macquarie University, University of New South Wales

The Federated Archaeological Information Management Systems Project builds tools for digital data collection in the field, and online processing and archiving of the resulting data.


  • Archaeologists,
  • geologists,
  • environmental scientists,
  • anyone needing applications for offline digital data field collection.


  • Collect field data digitally, even while offline.
  • Preserve your data and make it available to other researchers.
  • Can be tailored to work with any workflow, ontology or standard.
  • Digitised archives of Australian historical registers.

“The app has been such an incredible advantage in terms of workload, data quality, and a number of other data management issues with which archaeologists regularly have to deal.”

Dr Jessica Thompson, Project Director for the Malawi Earlier Middle Stone Age Project.

The FAIMS project was launched in 2012 at the UNSW, Australia, with funding from Nectar. Development continued in 2014-15 thanks to funding from the Australian Research Council’s Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) scheme. FAIMS is a collaboration between 12 partner organisations.

PrintNectar is supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy to establish eResearch infrastructure in partnership with Australian research institutions, organisations and research communities. The University of Melbourne has been appointed as the Lead Agent.