MIMO can be accessed at:
This is an online service giving a unified approach to the musical instrument collections of a number of museums. The materials made freely available through MIMO include images and descriptions of virtually the complete musical instrument holdings of contributing museum plus sound recordings and video clips where available. The content is accessible from the MIMO platform and, in the case of European institutions, through Europeana (www.europeana.eu).
MIMO was created through the MIMO Project which was funded through the European Commission's eContentplus programme and ran from September 2009 to August 2011. The original 11 collaborating museum partners made available information about 45,000 instruments, including images in each case, 1,800 digital audio files and 300 video clips, representing about 40% of Europe's public holdings of historic and non-European instruments. In addition, the partners prepared multilingual dictionaries to control vocabularies for musical instrument databases, associating non-specialist vocabulary with synonyms, terms and classification systems used by professionals, and ensuring consistency in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian and Swedish. Other outcomes of MIMO include a revision of the Hornbostel-Sachs classification system, standards for the digital photography of musical instruments, and provision of detailed guidelines (an online 'toolkit') for setting up repositories to enable the harvesting of digital content.
While material can currently be added to the MIMO database (MIMO-DB), and information from European museums will continue to be publicly available through Europeana, for the future a specific MIMO portal is envisioned that will become the single access point for information on public collections of musical instruments worldwide, using a common data model.