SOIMA 2011


SOIMA 2011: Safeguarding Sound and Image Collections
11 – 29 July 2011, Riga, Latvia and Vilnius, Lithuania


SOIMA 2011 was the third international course of ICCROM’s SOIMA programme. It was organized in partnership with the Baltic Audiovisual Archival Council and the National Archives of Latvia and supported by a number of cultural heritage and educational institutions. SOIMA 2011 also received support from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania and the Association of Lithuanian Archivists.

Partners and Cooperating Institutions:


In keeping with the specialized nature of the course, the working sessions of SOIMA 2011 were organized at two different locations: Riga, Latvia and Vilnius, Lithuania. The University of Latvia, National Library, Archives of Latvian Folklore and the National State Archives hosted sessions during the first and third weeks. In the second week, the course moved to Vilnius, where the course sessions were held at the Lithuanian Central State Archives.

Nineteen participants from 15 countries were selected for SOIMA 2011. They included a broad range of conservation and heritage professionals involved with sound and image collections in museums, archives, libraries and other cultural institutions. The selection was based around the impact they are likely to have in training others in their home countries, and on the importance of the collections they manage.

Recognized experts from Australia, France, Guatemala, Lithuania, Latvia, the Netherlands, and the USA comprised the international team leading the course. Staff members from ICCROM and partner institutions completed the course team.

Tailored to the day-to-day challenges encountered by professionals in institutions such as archives, cultural centres, museums and libraries, the SOIMA training programme aimed to provide understanding of audiovisual materials and the paradigm of migrating content to various sustainable media.

The three-week course featured a variety of learning activities including hands-on sessions on digitization, digital preservation and audio-video recording of a live folk performance.  After the training, participants were able to highlight the value of sound and image collections in their care; make informed choices for their long-term preservation; and access and communicate effectively across disciplines.

As in the two previous SOIMA courses, emphasis was given on the preservation and the management of small to medium size mixed SOIMA collections. Following an introductory module on history, significance and management of sound and image collections, the course was structured in five modules:

  • Media and Formats
  • Preservation Planning
  • Digitization
  • Digital Preservation
  • Preservation Management Strategies for SOIMA Collections

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



  • Hilke ARIJS, Documentation Dept. of the Royal Inst. for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA), Belgium
  • Anna Avrameca, Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music, Riga, Latvia
  • Ilze BANE, Audio and Photo Dept. Latvia State Archive of Audiovisual Documents of the National Archives of Latvia, Riga, Latvia
  • Christine GLEISNER, Brandenburg University of Technology, Germany
  • Rima GRASIENE,  Dept. of Accounting & PreservationLithuanian Theatre Music & Cinema Museum, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Eddy JAZIL, Télé Metropole, Haiti
  • Martynas JURAS, Ŝiauliai “Ausros” Museum, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Jonas KORYS, Recording and Publishing Studio, Lithuanian National Radio and Television (LRT), Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Filip KWIATEK, Photo Dept. and Film and Sound Recordings Dept. of the National Digital Archives, Warsaw, Poland
  • Dithunya LEKOA, National Museum of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana
  • Miguel Jose LOURENCO, Núcleo Museológico do Hot Clube de Portugal HCP, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Evan Maina MAINGI, Tara- Trust for African Rock Art, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Milan Milovanovic, Sound Media Research and Digitization Associate, Central Institute for Conservation of Belgrade, Serbia
  • Victor NDUNA, National Archives of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
  • Linda PLESA, Film Department, The National Archives of Latvia, Riga, Latvia
  • Annika RÄIM, Contemporary Art Collection, Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia
  • Ulla VISSCHER, Pacific Newspaper Group Library, Vancouver, Canada
  • Athena Kin- Kam WONG, Hong Kong Film Archive, Hong Kong, China
  • Swee Cheng WONG, Queensland State Archives, Wellington, Australia

If you would like to have more information about the 2011 participants please download the Participants document 2011 here


Lecturers and Course Team 


  • Howard BESSER, Professor and Director, Masters Degree Program in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Cinema Studies, New York, USA
  • Samuel FRANCO, Director, Research Center and Museum of Maya Music, Casa K’ojom, Guatemala.
  • Zane GROSA, Assistant Head of the Music and Audiovisual Department, Riga, Latvia
  • Bertrand LAVEDRINE, Director, Centre de Recherche sur la Conservation des Collections, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France
  • Juozas Markauskas, Head of the Digitization Department/ Dizi Heritage, President of the Baltic Audiovisual Archival Council (BAAC), Vilnius, Lithuania.
  • Mick Newnham, Manager Conservation, Preparation and Research National Film and Sound Archive, Australia.
  • Johan OOMEN, Head of Research and DevelopmentNetherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Aldis PUTELIS, Department of Folklore at the Institute of Language and LiteratureArchives of Latvian Folklore (ALF), Riga, Latvia
  • Iolanda RATTI, Assistant Conservator, Time Based Media Conservation Dept., Tate Gallery, London, United Kingdom
  • Aparna TANDON, Project Specialist, Collections Unit, ICCROM, Rome, Italy
  • Kara VAN MALSSEN, Senior Consultant, AudioVisual Preservation Solutions, New York City, USA
 Course Team
  • Reinis GRIGS, Deputy General, Head of the Audio and Photo Documents Department, Latvian State Archives, Riga, Latvia
  • Valerija Juseviciute, Deputy Director, Lithuanian Central State Archive, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Gatis Karlsons, Deputy Director, National Archives of Latvia, Riga, Latvia
  • Jole Stimbiryte, Head of the Preservation Department, Lithuanian Central State Archive, Vilnius, Lithuania

If you would like to have more information about the 2011 lecturers and course team please download the Lecturers and Course Team document 2011 here


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