SOIMA 2015

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Wikimedia booth at SOIMA 2015
The opening of SOIMA 2015 took place here
It is home to the Musical Instrument Museum.
The main lectures were given in the Academy Palace.
A classical building with a nice interior.
The main room for the lectures.
In the former Royal Stables in the building next door, Wikimedia Belgium had a booth to promote the usage of Wikipedia and collaboration with Wikimedia.
Here the coffee and lunch were served.

SOIMA 2015: Unlocking Sound and Image Heritage is an international conference on ensuring a safe and creative future for sound and image heritage. In the days before the conference workshops are organized. The conference was held in Brussels and locally organised by KIK-IRPA.



The conference is organized to take action and share knowledge, skills and resources to ensure the current transition from analogue to digital formats. Without taking action this image and sound heritage of the past century is at risk and will disappear. The conference will bring together professionals and policy makers with an interest in sound and image preservation.

The conference focusses on four themes:

  • Memory, Intangible Heritage and Creative Expressions
  • Sustaining Sound and Image Heritage
  • Creative Use and Access
  • Education and Training: Current Needs and Future Possibilities

History and background


The Sound and Image Collections Conservation Programme (SOIMA) was launched in 2007 by the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) as response to the need of a coordinated international action to safeguard endangered audiovisual collections.

Since 2007, every two years the international SOIMA conference is organized, with conferences in 2007 in Brazil, in 2009 in New Delhi (India), in 2011 in Riga (Latvia) and Vilnius (Lithuania), and in 2013 in Nairobi (Kenya). The conference is held in collaboration with national and international organisations who have collections with photographic, audiovisual and film media.



Interested participants




The partners of the conference are:


  • 9 December 2014 - Meeting with Hilke Arijs of SOIMA 2015   (Dimi z & Romaine)
  • 27 August-2 September 2015 - Pre-Conference Workshop
  • 2 September - Opening of conference at the Musical Instrument Museum   (Romaine)
    • Announcement Wiki Loves Art
    • Announcement collaboration KIK-IRPA with Wikipedia/Wikimedia Belgium on image donation
    • Presentation two booklets (available in 3 languages) published by Wikimedia Belgium and handed over to director of KIK-IRPA
  • 3-4 September 2015 - Conference at the Academy Palace   (photos | DerekvG report) (DerekvG & Romaine & MADe)
    • Stand Wikimedia Belgium at conference


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