SOIMA Courses

Every two years ICCROM’s SOIMA International Course is held in collaboration with national and regional bodies responsible for photographic, audiovisual and film archives.

The course is held in English and brings together professionals from diverse backgrounds and institutional contexts around the world with an international team of highly specialized professionals.

Selection of participants for the courses is based around both the viral effect they are likely to have in training others in their home countries, and in the significance of the collections that they manage.

So far, four SOIMA courses have been successfully organized in Brazil (SOIMA 2007), India (SOIMA 2009), Latvia and Lithuania (SOIMA 2011) and Nairobi, Kenya (SOIMA 2013). The next SOIMA-LATAM course will be held in Mexico City, México, from 3 November 2014 to 18 November 2014. Applications are open until July 8th  2014

SOIMA 2007

SOIMA 2009

SOIMA 2011







SOIMA 2013





The SOIMA courses focus on the preservation and management of small to medium sized mixed sound and image collections, e.g. photographs, films, video, audio and digital materials. Tailored to real and diverse institutional contexts, they address specific challenges to preservation and access of sound and image collections. Training activities are designed to enhance the capacity to understand and communicate the value, meaning, selection and use of sound and image collections in various institutional contexts and to formulate conservation actions, while at the same time focusing on their material nature.

Incorporating a problem-solving approach to learning, course topics include current knowledge and practices for:

- documenting and cataloguing
- media handling and storage
- risk assessment of collections
- emergency preparedness and response
- criteria and technologies for migration and reformatting
- planning of preservation projects
- outsourcing options
- digital preservation and management

Other issues such as curating and access, copyright laws, legal deposit, and institutional and national preservation policies are discussed in the context of participants’ working realities. Adaptation to technological changes and related cost-effective preservation strategies form a key component of the training.

If you would like to have more information about the course structure and features please download the Course information document 2011 here



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