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Linking to PIMS Data
updated 3/26/13

Due to security features built into PIMS, you cannot directly open a PIMS data table. However, you can import PIMS data into a new secure database. With an administrator login to this new database, you can design your own queries or export data into Excel.

To do this:

  1. Download the evaluator tool.
  2. In the Opening pims_eval.zip window, check Save File and click OK. This should save a file named pims_eval.zip to your desktop.
  3. Right click on pims_eval.zip, select Open With and then Compressed (zipped) folders.
  4. In the pims_eval.zip window, click Extract all files.
  5. You should see a window, Welcome to the Compressed Folders Extraction Wizard. Click Next.
  6. The next window asks you to select a destination. Click Browse...
  7. Navigate to the pims7 folder (usually in C:, then Program Files), and click OK. If this folder doesn't exist (i.e. you haven't installed PIMS 7), create a new folder named pims7 in the Program Files directory.
  8. Back in the Select a Destination window, click Next.
  9. If you get a Confirm File Replace message, click Yes to All.
  10. The next window should let you know that the extraction was completed. Leave the box labeled show extracted files checked, and click Finish.
  11. The pims7 window should open. Drag the XP Shortcut to PIMS Eval to your desktop.
  12. If necessary, you may have to modify the shortcut to reflect your version of Microsoft Access by right-clicking on the shortcut, going to Properties, and then updating the version number of Office in both the Start In and Target boxes.
  13. VersionTarget
    Office 2000Office
    Office XPOffice10
    Office 2003Office11
    Office 2007Office12
    Office 2010Office14
    Office 2013Office15
  14. Double-click on the correct Shortcut to PIMS eval.
  15. Log in using the password provided by your technical assistant.
  16. From the File menu, go to Get External Tables, and select Import.
  17. Locate your pims data table (which could be either PIMS data or supplemental data), and click Import.
  18. In the Import Objects window, select all the tables you wish to import, and click OK.

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