The OpenEMIS initiative aims to deploy a high-quality Education Management Information System (EMIS) designed to collect and report data on schools, students, teachers and staff. The system was conceived by UNESCO to be a royalty-free system that can be easily customized to meet the specific needs of member countries. The OpenEMIS mission is to support UNESCO member countries in developing common database standards for tracking national education indicators, containing high-quality data with adequate coverage and depth to sustain good governance around the agenda of achieving the national and international priorities for education. OpenEMIS was initially developed by UNESCO. The initiative is coordinated by UNESCO: with technical support provided by Community Systems Foundation.

Key Features

  • Royalty-free, open source Education Management Information System (EMIS)
  • Runs offline on a desktop computer, on a local network, or as a cloud-based application hosted on a dedicated, secure OpenEMIS server
  • Fully customizable system to meet specific education system requirements
  • Multiple language support
  • Cross-browser compatibility
  • Automatically calculates and aggregates standard education indicators
  • Integrated with national financial and population census data
  • Integrated with DevInfo to visualize, analyze and identify disparities and gaps using tables, graphs and maps
  • Comprehensive reporting system to generate reports in different file formats including Microsoft Excel, Adobe Acrobat and Google Earth
  • Integrated mobile app to disseminate education information via smart phones and tablets
  • Powerful security architecture that allows users to create roles that grant permissions to access different modules, geographic areas or institutions
  • Supported through a worldwide network of education experts and technicians available through a 24×7 help desk


  • Analyzer – Analyze and visualize data in tables, graphs, and maps
  • Classroom – Manage student data on a mobile device
  • Connect – A Wireless Content Access Point (CAP) that runs OpenEMIS applications offline
  • Core – Manage students and staff information at school, district, and national level
  • Dashboard – Build custom dashboards to monitor indicators
  • DataManager – Define and administer databases
  • Identity – Centrally create and manage identities to access OpenEMIS applications
  • Insight – Create Question and Test Interoperability (QTI) items
  • Integrator – Extract, Transform, and Load (ETL) data
  • Logistics – Track the delivery of items to schools
  • Monitoring – Monitor indicators against plans
  • Profiles – Download and view offline customized area profiles
  • Scanner – Scan standard QR and barcodes at a GPS location
  • School – Manage students and staff in a single school
  • SMS – Collect education information via SMS and IVR
  • Staffroom – Manage staff data on a mobile device
  • Survey – Collect customized survey data offline on a mobile device
  • Visualizer – Visualize data in tables, graphs and maps on a mobile device