HISTORY & ARCHIVES
Delve into the background and history of accessible instructional materials and the NIMAS, including the history of core technologies surrounding AIM, past activities and processes surrounding the NIMAS, the original NIMAS technical specification 1.0, etc.
Archive of background papers by CAST, articles and documents regarding DAISY, the NCAM Project, the NCSeT Center, and NCAC publications.
Version 1.0 of the NIMAS is now obsolete and the most recent version (currently 1.1) should be used. This earlier version is provided for archival and comparison purposes.
NIMAS fileset metadata requirements have evolved over time. This page includes an OPF archive that may be used for technical comparisons. OPF archive files do not meet NIMAC submission metadata requirements, having been created before these were finalized. See the NIMAC web site's metadata page for current information on NIMAC-valid OPF files.
The Council was formed in 2007 to maintain, advance, and support the adoption of the NIMAS at the state level. Its activities were designed to facilitate the timely provision of accessible versions of core print instructional materials to qualifying students. The Council was disbanded in 2009.
The NIMAS Development Committee was formed in 2004 to finalize the technical specification for NIMAS version 1.0 and to create a foundation for its implementation. The Committee concluded its work in 2007 and an archive of Committee activities and presentations was created for the period 2004–2007.
Archive document of NIMAS presentations, for each year starting in 2004, prepared to serve as a record of meetings, conferences, and seminars related to the NIMAS.
The Office of Special Education Programs at the U. S. Department of Education funded the National Center on Accessing the General Curriculum at CAST to convene a panel of experts, the National File Format Technical Panel, and to establish technical specifications for a voluntary National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS). This Report is the panel's full report of their recommendations for the Secretary of Education.