SOIMA 2007


Safeguarding Sound and Image Collections
6 – 31 August 2007, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


ICCROM’s first international SOIMA course was organized in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in partnership with the National Archives of Brazil (AN). In 2002, the National Archives received an unexpected bequest from the Cinemateca of the Museum of Modern Art (MAM) in Rio de Janeiro of a significant part of their valuable collection of master copies of contemporary Brazilian film, and needed to hire new staff and develop a training programme for them. As part of this initiative, the National Archives offered to host the first SOIMA course.

The course was organized in collaboration with a number of leading institutions specializing in preservation of audiovisual heritage, including:

  • Laboratório de Ciência da Conservação (LACICOR)
  • Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • Cinemateca Brasileira, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Centre de Recherche sur la Conservation des Collections, (CRCC), Paris, France
  • Coordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations (CCAAA), UK
  • European Commission on Preservation and Access (ECPA), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Masters Degree Program in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation, New York University (NYU), New York, USA
  • Office of Records Services, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), USA


The 2007 course brought together 19 mid-career professionals responsible for managing audiovisual collections in heritage institutions from 15 countries and a highly specialized team of teachers.

During the three-week course, participants increased their knowledge and skills in audiovisual preservation. Study visits to institutions were organized including the School of Fine Arts in Rio, the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, and Cinemateca Brasileira in São Paulo. The aim was to review and assess key course ideas and concepts within live institutional contexts. Additionally, host institutions were able to benefit from the advice of the team of experts teaching the course. At the same time their capacity to develop international training events was enhanced.

At the end of the first week, a conference entitled “Sound and Image Collections: Current Challenges and Strategies for their Conservation and Use” included presentations from participants and the teaching team. It increased awareness of challenges and issues in preserving audiovisual heritage in different cultural and institutional contexts and served to create better understanding of participants’ needs and expectations from the course.

The first week of the course coincided with the international seminar Management, Preservation and Safety of Digital Records organized by the National Archives. Participants thus had the unique opportunity to meet and interact with international experts through a panel discussion on issues related to preservation and access of sound and image collections in various institutional contexts.

After the SOIMA course, all 19 participants were engaged in home projects that included improving conservation conditions in their home institutions, increasing awareness for  AV preservation, assessing risks and offering training courses in audiovisual preservation. The SOIMA course also reinforced the network for audiovisual preservation with the involvement of 25 professionals from 22 countries.

SOIMA 2007 ended with high levels of overall satisfaction for project coordination, themes, materials, lectures and study visits.

If you would like to have more information about the 2007 SOIMA course please download the Course Information Document here



  • Bent BANG-HANSEN, Norwegian Film Institute, Oslo, Norway
  • Alexandre BERTALAN, Arquivo Nacional, COPAC, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Peter CHITUNGU, Livingstone Museum,  Zambia
  • Marco DREER BUARQUE, Getúlio Vargas Foundation’s Center for Research and Documentation of Brazilian Contemporary History, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Elena GUDUSHAURI, Georgian National Museum, Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Junia GUIMARAES E SILVA, Arquivo General da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Monique KOEK, National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden, Netherlands
  • Alexandre MARQUES, Centro de Referencia Audiovisual (CRAV), Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • Mercy MASHINGAIDZE, National Archives of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Sherwood Wilson McCASKIE, Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation, Barbados
  • Francisco MIRANDA FUENTES, Laboratorio de Restauración Sonora, Centro Tecnológico, Facultad de Artes Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile
  • Moustapha NIANG, Institut Fondamental d’ Afrique noire, Dakar, Senegal
  • Yarimkha Maritza OJEDA CELIS, National Museums Foundation, Caracas, Venezuela
  • Emma REY, Congressional Library Bureau, Quezon City, Philippines
  • Geraldine RITTER-FREEMAN, Government British Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands
  • Rubens Ribeiro Goncalves SILVA, Coordenador do Colegiado do Curso de Graduaçăo em Arquivologia, Instituto de Ciência da Informação, Universidad Federal da Bahia,  Brazil
  • Vivian SPOLIANSKY, Responsable, Archivo Fotográfico y Documental, Museo Etnográfico Juan B. Ambrosetti, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Ambong THOMPSON, National Film and Sound Unit, Vila, Vanuatu
  • Vynns WHARWOOD, National Archives of Trinidad and Tobago, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago


If you would like to have more information about the 2007 participants please download the Participants document here


Lecturers and course team


  • Howard BESSER, Professor and Director, Masters Degree Program in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation, New York University, New York, United States
  • Ray EDMONDSON, Director of Archive Associates, Archive Associates Pty Ltd, Kambah, Australia
  • Fernando OSORIO, Consultant and Professor, Photography Conservation, Escuela Nacional de Conservación, Mexico City, Mexico
  • José Luiz PERDERSOLI Jr., Research Scientist, ICCROM, Rome, Italy
  • Dietrich SCHÜLLER, Director, Phonogrammarchiv, Vienna, Austria
  • Luiz SOUZA, Laboratório de Ciência da Conservação (LACICOR), Escola de Belas Artes, Universidade Federal Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • Kara VAN MALSSEN, Assistant Research Scholar, Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Masters Degree Program, New York University, New York, United States

Course team

  • Sandra BARUKI (Course Assistant), Coordinator, Center for Conservation & Preservation of Photographs (CCPF), National Foundation for the Arts (FUNARTE), Brazil
  • Adrianna COX HOLLÓS (Course Coordinator-AN), Coordinator of Preservation, Arquivo Nacional, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Gabriela de LIMA GOMES (Course Assistant), Escola de Belas Artes, Universidade Federal Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • Aparna TANDON (Course Coordinator-ICCROM), Project Specialist, Collections Unit, ICCROM, Rome, Italy
  • Solange ZUÑIGA (Course Moderator), Preservation Administrator, Research and Documentation Department, National Foundation for the Arts (FUNARTE), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


If you would like to have more information about the 2007 lecturers and course team please download the Lecturers and Course Team document here

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