SOIMA is a Sound and Image Collections Conservation Programme. It was launched by ICCROM, the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property, in response to the urgent need for coordinated international action to safeguard endangered audiovisual collections.
What are the goals of SOIMA?
Sounds and images comprise a major portion of the world’s memory, encompassing diverse cultures, languages and creative expressions. Yet most of the world’s twentieth century audiovisual heritage is at risk of being lost due to deterioration, technological obsolescence or damage from natural or other disasters.
In the current phase of transition from analogue to digital formats, cultural institutions worldwide are facing serious difficulties due to a lack of knowledge, skills and resources. Many sound and image collections are held in institutions that do not specialize in this area. They lack the core competencies and necessary support to manage and preserve their collections. Unless action is taken now, most of the sound and image heritage of the past century will disappear.
What are SOIMA’S main activities?
The SOIMA Programme has identified three priority areas of activity: training of professionals; increasing awareness about the fragility of audiovisual materials; and bridging knowledge and information gaps.
Acknowledging that cultural heritage institutions often lack specialized knowledge of the preservation of audiovisual media, the SOIMA Programme emphasizes conservation training for mid-career professionals in charge of the conservation and archiving of sound and image collections. Activities include creation of instructional and reference materials, training of professional staff, and encouraging international collaboration among professionals.
The focus of the programme is sound and image collections residing in libraries, museums, archives, cultural centres, and other institutions that primarily care for non-audiovisual materials. Further, the programme also aims to encourage exchange of knowledge and expertise among broadcasters, large dedicated audiovisual archives and the ‘minority’ sound and image collections residing in cultural and research institutions.
The main pillar of the programme is the SOIMA International Course, introduced for the first time in 2007 and organized every two years in collaboration with various partners in different parts of the world. These courses provide participants with access to renowned international experts, brought together specifically to share their expertise in a comprehensive series of lectures, workshops and demonstrations.
Sharing Sound & Image Preservation Experiences
SOIMA in Practice Case Studies
Francisco Miranda Fuentes
Alexandre Pimenta Marques
Dr. Rubens Ribeiro Gonçalves da Silva
Kara van Malssen
SOIMA Home Projects
Aparna Tandon, Editor, SOIMA Programme Coordinator and Project Specialist, ICCROM
Christine Gleisner, Editor, Website Coordinator
Ulla Visscher, Editor
Roberto Nahum, Information Systems Administrator, ICCROM