Midas Platform is an open-source toolkit that enables the rapid creation of tailored, web-enabled data storage and provides a cohesive system for data management, visualization, and processing. At its core, Midas Platform is implemented as a PHP modular framework with a backend database (PostGreSQL, MySQL, SQLite) and non-relational databases). While the Midas Platform system can be installed and deployed without any customization, the framework has been designed with customization in mind. We recognize that building one system to fit all is not optimal, thus we have extended the framework to support plugins and layouts.
The MIDAS project started in 2004 at the University of North Carolina. At that time, Dr. Stephen Aylward and Julien Jomier were looking for an alternative to PACS in order to manage their medical images. At the same time, Kitware was looking into developing the Insight Journal, an online open-access journal that would host publications, data and source code. The need for a new system led to the development of MIDAS, which has since been renamed the Midas Platform.
In 2008, the Optical Society of America deployed Midas to support the first Interactive Science Publishing (ISP) system. Since then, Midas has been deployed at several institutions including the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and Harvard Medical School in addition to several commercial applications.
After several years of internal development, the Midas source code was released in 2009 under a non-reciprocal, BSD open-source license to leverage the benefits of community involvement and development. Based on the success of MIDAS 2.0, in 2011 the Midas Platform was created to encompass all the open-source data management efforts at Kitware. Among the contributions to the Midas Platform, Midas 3 and the Midas Client were the initial projects to be included. In 2012, Midas 3 was released with an improved Apache 2.0 license.Top of page
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