National Instructional Materials Accessiblity Standard (NIMAS) is a technical standard used by publishers to produce source files (in XML) that may be used to develop multiple specialized formats (such as Braille or audio books) for students with print disabilities. We at DataNZ have been creating NIMAS XML files using the NIMAS DTD schema.

Highlights of NIMAS:

  • Useful for publishers to convert educational materials into XML source files.

  • The file sets are uploaded to the National Instructional Materials Access Centre (NIMAC) and subsequently they can be accessed by educating bodies to generate multiple accessible formats.

  • A NIMAS file is so versatile that multiple output formats can be produced from it, for instance- Braille, large print, HTML, talking audio books derived from text-to-speech transformations, and more.

Our process

  • We work with most input sources including PDF’s, InDesign, Quark, and Word. After we receive the source files, we proceed to convert the file to NIMAS XML

  • The conversion process adheres to the NIMAS DTD schema using our in-house automated tool.

  • We also use a manual quality check with the original input to ensure 99.5% accuracy.

  • In order to submit a file set, publishers need to have an account with the NIMAC. If you do not already have one, setting up an account is easy and we can help you do that.

  • We also use a manual quality check with the original input to ensure 99.5% accuracy.

  • After you are registered with the NIMAC, we submit the file set and handle any or all modifications the NIMAC may seek.


We at Landcare Research are highly impressed with the work of DataNZ. Their quality, turnaround and price are excellent. We gladly endorse their services to anyone.
Greg Comfort, Manager, Manaaki Whenua (Landcare Research) Press, Lincoln.

Your people doing the mark-up do a great job with pretty difficult material

John Laurie, Digital Initiatives Librarian, University of Auckland

Just as in previous years, this is absolutely great – thank you and your team very much! We do spot checks for our statistical purposes as we work with the data you provide, and continue to be delighted by the 100% accuracy of everything checked.

David Fougere, Managing Director, Phoenix Research, Auckland

DataNZ have been very helpful in realising this major new online resource (Web-enabling the Fletcher Index of Māori names) for the Library. The service we received was excellent and we are very happy with their work.

Kathryn Parsons, New Zealand Collection Librarian, University of Waikato Library, Hamilton

The service we’ve received from DataNZ has been first rate and we’d recommend them to anyone undertaking any digitization project, large or small. Their quality, price, and customer service have been excellent in all our dealings with them.

Stefan Boddie, Manager, DL Consulting Ltd., Hamilton

Fast, reliable & affordable services

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