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HomeUnlocking Sound and Image Heritage. See, Listen and Share

Unlocking Sound and Image Heritage. See, Listen and Share

SOIMA 2015 International Conference

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Published on Tuesday, August 04, 2015


The conference is based on the collective experience of ICCROM’s multi-partner programme on Sound and Image Collections Conservation (SOIMA), which organized five capacity building initiatives (four international and one regional) in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America during 2007-2014. Building on SOIMA’s global insights from bringing together 89 sound and image professionals from 55 countries to date, the 2015 conference is making a strong case for looking beyond professional and institutional boundaries, actively listening to each other and sharing strategies to ensure a safe and creative tomorrow for sound and image heritage. The conference aims to promote the sound and image heritage held by diverse and lesser-known cultural and research institutions, as well as individual collectors.


Cconference goals

  • Raise awareness of the immense spread and significance of the world’s sound and image heritage, serving the ultimate goal of improved future preservation, access and use.
  • Provide professionals from different disciplines with an occasion to reach a shared understanding, build collaboration and develop solutions for common problems.
  • Showcase innovative examples, and help identify new applicable strategies, based on how sound and image collections have been preserved, made accessible and used creatively in real-life practice.
  • Share how pioneering training and education initiatives have produced results, and discuss future needs and concrete possibilities.
  • At the end of the conference, make recommendations for cross-disciplinary collaboration, and exchange on information and know-how.

Who attends

  • Sound and image collectors: cultural and research organizations, individual collectors, curators, archivists, librarians and other managers of cultural heritage.
  • Preservation and access specialists: professionals specializing in the preservation of analogue and digital media, software and app developers, as well as policy makers and professionals who deal with intellectual property rights.
  • Cultural and creative industries: creators and users of sound and image content by different industries.
  • Researchers and business developers: culture policy makers and researchers, consultancy firms.
  • Educators and trainers: education policy makers and professionals providing both formal and non-formal training for sound and image preservation and access.

Why attend

  • Experience some of the hidden sound and image treasures unlocked from unique collections across the world.
  • Share experiences with dedicated people working on saving collections under difficult conditions.
  • Explore novel solutions with some diverse and innovative thinkers from past SOIMA events.
  • Meet people from different sectors that share interest in sound and image heritage.
  • See innovative, real-life examples of how sound and image heritage has been preserved, made accessible and used creatively.
  • Imagine future opportunities for sound and image collections.
  • Take part in a truly international conference, allowing you unexpected perspectives and networking possibilities.
  • Receive the key conference outcome that will be summarized in an e-publication, covering conference proceedings and other programmes, including highlights and information on special sound and image content that were shared during the event.
  • Last, but not the least, the conference format gives plenty of opportunities for interaction with contributors and participants.


Day 0 - 2 September 2015

musical instruments museum (MIM)

End of the SOIMA 2015 Pre-conference workshop • Ceremony & Official opening of the conference

15.45     Registration

16.30     Workshop Closing by Catherine Antomarchi, Unit Director, ICCROM, Italy

Closing words on behalf of the hosting institution by Marc Jacobs, Director FARO, Belgium

17.00     Conference  Opening

Introduction by Dr. Stefano De Caro, Director-General, ICCROM, Italy

Word on behalf of the local organisers by Christina Ceulemans, Director-General, KIK-IRPA, Belgium

  • Zaki Aslan, Special Focus on the Arab Region, Director, ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah, UAE

18.00     Eco-acoustic concert : David Monacchi, Fragments of Extinction

19.00     Reception

21.00     End

Day 1 -3 September 2015

Academy Palace

8.15       Registration

9.00       Session 1 • Caring and Sharing Sound and Images in the 21st Century

Introduction by Aparna Tandon, Project Specialist, ICCROM, Italy

  • Mshai Mwangola, "Bury My Bones, But Keep My Words": Transmitting the Legacy of our Ancestors to our Descendants, Research and Communication Officer, African Peace-building Network, Kenya
  • Kara Van Malssen, Breaking Down Silos: How organizational Changes Can Help Unlock the Value of Information, Senior Consultant, AVPreserve, Assistant Professor, New York University, USA
  • Lizabé Lambrechts, Lingering Absences: Creative Archival Interventions and Memory Projects as Acts of Recognition, Project Manager HYMAP, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • Bruno Jehle & Raveen P. Edur, Better to Invest in Vocational Education and Training than in Hard- and Software, Technical Director & General Manager, BJ Institute, India – Switzerland

10.30     Coffee break

11.00     Session 2 • Values and Collections across the World

  • Lisa Ott & Ingrid Oliveira, Archives in Dealing with the Past Processes, Senior Program Officer & Program Officer, swisspeace, Switzerland
  • Farah Al-Sabah, The Kuwait Experience: Gathering Sound and Image Collections to Safeguard Intangible Cultural Heritage, Conservator, Kuwait National Museum, Kuwait
  • Johan Swinnen, Curating oral Histories in Bangladesh, Nepal and Suriname. Peace and Reconciliation through Photography, Professor, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
  • Judith Opoku-Boateng,  Applying the "Baby Nursing Model" in Underprivileged Archives. The Journey with the Nketia Collections at the Institute of African Studies, Head Archivist, Institute of African Studies, Ghana
  • Pinar Yelmi, Collecting and Protecting the Contemporary Soundscape Elements of Istanbul, Doctoral Researcher, Koc University, Turkey
  • Samuel Franco, Someone’s Treasure A Legacy for All, Director, Casa K’ojom, AVICOM Board Member, Guatemala

Moderated Q&A

13.00     Networking lunch

14.00     Session 3 • Digitization (I): Why and How?

  • David Monacchi, Fragments of Extinction – The Sonic Heritage of Ecosystems, Professor of Electroacoustics, Conservatory G.Rossini, Founder and President, Fragments of Extinction, Italy
  • Chris Lacinak, The Cost of Inaction, President, AVPreserve, New York
  • Tzutzumatzin Soto, Better Actions: Between National and Local Audiovisual Heritage in Mexico, Head of Department of Video and Photographic Collections, Cineteca Nacional, Mexico

Moderated Q&A

15.30     Coffee break

16.00     Session 4 • Digitization (II) : Institutional strategies

  • Federica Bressan & Angela Ida De Benedictis, Philology in the Preservation of Audio Documents: Massive vs Customized Approach, Post-doc researcher, University of Padova, Italy – Paul Sacher Stiftung, Basel -Switzerland 
  • Michel Merten , Public Private Partnerships : Guidelines for a Successful story, CEO, Memnon, Belgium
  • Rony Vissers, Please call Brussels: 02 - 49.37.43, 12 a.m till 1 p.m, Director, PACKED vzw – Expertisecentrum Digitaal Erfgoed, Belgium
  • Soledad Abarca, The First Year of the Audiovisual Archive of the National Library of Chile, Challenges and Perspectives, Archivist, National Library, Chile
  • Ariane Gervasio, Audiovisual Archives in a University: The case of TV UFMG, Journalist and Archive Manager, TV network of the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Elzbieta Wysoka, Case Study of the Digital Repository Project, Project Director,   Filmoteka Narodowa , Poland
  • Brecht Declercq, What Do We Do With AV-Carriers After Digitization? – Panel Discussion, Digitalization Manager, Vlaams Instituut voor Archivering (VIAA), Executive Board Member, FIAT-IFTA, Belgium

Day 2 • 4 September 2015

Academy Palace

8.30       Registration

9.00       Session 1 • Connecting Heritage to People

  • Debra Hess Norris, All You Need Is Love? The Preservation of Photographic Collections Here, There and Everywhere, Chair and Professor, University of Delaware, USA
  • Johan Oomen, Open, Connected and Smart Heritage, Manager Research and Development Department, Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid, the Netherlands 
  • Joie Springer, The Memory of the World Programme and the Preservation of Knowledge, Register Subcommittee of the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme, France
  • Sarah Whatley & Charlotte Waelde, Challenges at the Europeana Space Project; Copyright Law and Implications, Professor of Dance, Coventry University, Coordinator, European Space, UK & Professor of Intellectual Property Law, University of Exeter, UK

10.30     Coffee break

11.00     Session 2 • Connecting Heritage to people (cont.)

  • Howard Besser, open or Restricted – Debate, Professor, New York University, USA

Panel members:

    • Shubha Chaudhuri, Associate Director General (Academic), Archives and Research Centre for Ethnomusicology, American Institute of Indian Studies
    • Irfan Zuberi, Project Manager, National Cultural Audiovisual Archives, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts
    • Dimitar Parvanov Dimitrov, Free Knowledge Advocacy Group EU (Wikimedia)
  • Richard Ranft, Discovering Europe’s Sound Treasures, Head of Sound & Vision, The British Library – Coordinator of Europeana Sounds, UK
  • Vahur Puik, Ajapaik.ee – Gamified Crowdsourcing of Geotags and Rephotos for Historic Photographs, Member of Board / Project Manager, Estonian Photographic Heritage Society, Estonia
  • Payal Wadhwa, The Phonebox Project, Founder-Director, InspireConspireRetire, UK
  • Dirk Bertels, Studio Louter Incorporates Visitors’ iPad Films in a WWII Exhibition in Rotterdam, Creative Partner, Studio Louter, the Netherlands

13.00     Special Arab region theme & networking lunches

14.00     Session 3 • Enhancing Institutional Capacities and Preparing the Next Generation

  • Mona Jimenez, Adapting University Curricula in a Digital and Globally Networked World, Associate Arts Professor/Associate Director, Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program, New York University, USA
  • Benedict Olgado, Audiovisual Archiving Education in the Philippines: A Community Building Approach Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Studies, University of the Philippines Diliman, Philippines
  • Zaki Aslan, Heritage Education in an Arab Context: Introducing SOIMA, Director, ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah, UAE
  • Mick Newnham, This Is What You Want, This Is What You Get (Matching Real Training Needs to Delivery), Manager Conservation & Research, National Film and Sound Archives, Australia
  • Eva Baaren, Managing and Transferring Knowledge, Presto Center, the Netherlands

15.15     Coffee break

15.45     Session 4 • Looking Towards the Future

Debate led by Aparna Tandon

17.00     Closing Key Note

17.30     Surprise  performance

Posters and Exhibitions

  • Storm Calle, Pieter-Jan Lachaert, Tim De Doncker, Photo and Film in the First World War: one and the Same, City Archive Ghent & The Black Box, Belgium
  • Antonio D’Amato, Paysage Marin avec Bateaux et Hydravion, Student, Conservatorio Statale di Musica G. Martucci, Italy
  • Hagar Ezzat, Digitization and Conservation Project of an Egyptian National Film Archive, Assistant Lecturer, Cairo University, Egypt
  • Chris Hubbles, Providing Access to and Preservation of Historic Sound Recordings, Doctoral Candidate, University of Washington, USA
  • Kati Hyyppä, The Cyberbeetle and Downsampled Masterpieces Experiences from Using open Archival Content in Creative Works, Artist, Germany
  • Eddy Jazil, Considering the Development of the Audiovisual Institute of Haïti, Audiovisual Institute of Haiti (IAH), Haiti
  • Jagoda Komusińska, Problems Concerning Providing Internet Access to Documentary, Feature and Educational Professional Films Created in Poland Before 1989. An NGo Point of View, Social Innovation Workshop Foundation, Poland
  • Filip Kwiatek, From Analogue Collection to Multifunctional Access. Nina’s Role in Digitization of Audiovisual Heritage in Poland, Archive Manager, National Audiovisual Institute, Poland
  • Flower Manase, Preservation of Sound and Image Collections, Curator, National Museums of Tanzania, Tanzania
  • Diana Manhica, KUGoMA – A Mozambican Experience on Audiovisual Heritage, Instituto Nacional de Audiovisual e Cinema, Mozambique
  • Miguel Marrengula & Isaù Meneses, Cinema and Audiovisual Education and Development in Mozambique, Professor, Higher Institute of Arts and Culture, Mozambique
  • Krystyna Matusiak, Uncovering Hidden Collections, Assistant Professor, University of Denver, USA
  • Amir Miyandabi & Mick Newnham, Experimental Use of Enzymes and Targeted Solvents, Conservator, University of Newcastle, Australia, Manager Conservation & Research, National Film and Sound Archives, Australia
  • Jacqueline Moon, Does the Migration of Image Silver in Silver Gelatin Photographs Correlate to Their Perceived Yellowing?, The National Archives, UK
  • Jorijn Neyrinck & Ellen Janssens, Documenting ICH in Sound and Image: Who Decides? The Participatory Approach of Safeguarding Intangible Heritage, Tapis Plein vzw, Belgium
  • Mary Njoroge, opportunities for Education and Training in Kenya, Senior Archivist, National Archives, Kenya
  • Wafika Noshy & Gehan Ibrahim, Unblocking Decomposed Film Reel No. 395 from the Egyptian Newsreel, Professor, Cairo University, Egypt
  • Louis-Marie Pandzou, Digital Technology: Developing, Promoting and Educating on Cultural Heritage in Congo-Brazzaville, Cultural Mediator & Communication Officer, Musée Mâ Loango de Diosso, Congo-Brazzaville
  • Hemant Bahadur Singh Parihar, Conservation & Preservation of Rare And old Audio Visual Archives, Section Officer (Cine- Video Unit), Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) India
  • Kamani Perera, Preserving the Intangible Cultural Heritage, Librarian, Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Sri Lanka
  • Fernanda Resende & Teder Moras, The Audiovisual Collection Jesco von Puttkamer, Pontifical Catholic University of Goiás, Cinemateca Brasileira, Brazil
  • Élia Roldão, How Far Can We See? The Importance of Accurate Film Identification, PhD Student, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Patricia Rosas, Multiple Memories: Videos from the Gulbenkian Foundation Collection, Curator, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal
  • Leena Seneheweera, Sound and Image of Dramatic Performance in Sri Lankan Kolam Tradition, Senior Lecturer, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Joana Silva, Preservation of an Artist Legacy: Angelo de Sousa’s Photographic and Filmic Collection, PhD Fellow, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Rubens Silva, Audiovisual Heritage in Brazilian Institutions: Challenges and Alternatives, Professor, Information Science Institute, Federal University of Bahia, Brazil
  • Janos Tari, Preservation and Restoration of the Moving Images in the Museum of Etnography, Associate Professor, Chair of AVICOM, Hungary
  • Beatríz Torres Insúa, The Identification of Film Supports: Cellulose Nitrate, Cellulose Acetate and Polyester, Conservator/restorer, Österreichische National Bibliothek, Austria
  • Patricia Whatley, Issues Relating to Photographic, Film and Sound Archive Management, Director, Centre for Archive & Information Studies, University of Dundee, UK
  • Saskia Willaert, The PRIMA Project. Digitizing Musical Instruments Collections in Africa, Mim, musical instruments museum, Belgium
  • Renée Winter, Intertwining Spheres: Public Archiving of Private Home Video Collections, Österreichische Mediathek, Austria



  • Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) | Acacemy Palace - Rue Montagne de la Cour 2 | Rue Ducale 1
    Brussels, Belgium (1000)


  • Monday, August 03, 2015
  • Tuesday, August 04, 2015

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  • patrimoine audiovisuel, sound, image, archive, heritage


  • Simon Laevers
    courriel : simon [dot] laevers [at] kikirpa [dot] be

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  • Simon Laevers
    courriel : simon [dot] laevers [at] kikirpa [dot] be


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