SOIMA courses are open to professionals working with sound and image collections, in educational programmes, and/or with information technology. The courses typically last two to three weeks in different regions of the world. Emphasis is on mixed sound and image collections housed in a range of cultural institutions. Learning activities prepare participants to:
- Recognize materials and media in their respective sound and image collections
- Identify the risks to such collections
- Make informed choices for preservation and access within given means
- Communicate effectively and across disciplines on values and risks associated with sound and image heritage, advocating for preservation and wider access.
These courses aim to develop a critical mass of professionals to multiply the impacts and benefits of the training.
Collaboration and exchange of information over multiple platforms and across institutions is key to unlocking the potential of sound and image collections. Over the next few years, in addition to holding courses, SOIMA plans to develop blended learning tools consisting of online resources to expand the programme’s reach.