first section of the paper, two case examples introduce the concept and
significance of Preservation Planning for audiovisual collections.
Archive of ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation
and Restoration of Cultural Property) set out a preservation plan by making
a condition assessment survey and summarizing findings in a written report,
which identified short-, medium- and long-term priorities. The paper
describes the challenges encountered during the digitization phase, in
particular the identification of metadata and file formats for videos, and
the need for large and sustainable digital storage. The paper remarks how
networking was fundamental to reach solutions.
an in-depth collection analysis, IRPA (Royal Institute for Cultural
designed a 5 year collection plan. Although many conservation strategies
have been developed, the success of a preservation plan relies heavily on
its institutional support. This paper illustrates the need for a creative
communication to make such a support happen. Also, this paper will
highlight the importance of finding a common language and assessment
methodology within a cross institutional context.
second section focuses on ICCROM’s international
capacity building programme SOIMA (Sound and Image Collections
Conservation) aimed at promoting preservation of audiovisual heritage. This
section outlines how case examples are innovatively used in SOIMA courses
to enhance the knowledge of professionals entrusted with the care of AV
heritage in diverse institutional contexts. It also illustrates the
collective experience of implementing a Preservation Planning framework and
recommends strategies for promoting its wider use.