Joint Tech Symposium Set for 2007; Preservation, Asset Protection Key Topics

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On behalf of the Coordinating Council of Audiovisual Archive Associations, the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) announces that the 2007 Joint Technical Symposium (JTS) will take place June 28-30, 2007, in Toronto, Canada, at the Isabel Bader Theater. The three-day event is expected to draw 400-500 attendees from around the world.

The Joint Technical Symposium (JTS), first held in 1983, is an international gathering of organizations and individuals involved in the preservation of image and sound materials. Staged tri-annually, the JTS provides the foremost opportunity for technical colleagues and those interested in the field to meet and share knowledge. Panel discussions, presentations and screenings describe, examine and critique the most important technologies and methods for the long-term conservation and restoration of the world‘s audio-visual heritage. Attendees traditionally include film, video and audio archivists, asset managers, laboratory technicians, engineers and other preservation specialists from a broad cross-section of institutions responsible for the conservation of feature films, television (national, regional and local), independent productions, news film and amateur productions.

At JTS 2004, keynote speaker, Leon Silverman, said: “The real challenge is at our doorstep - and its name is data. As the world of film, video and digital becomes data-centric, the tasks of conserving, restoring and migrating artifacts originating in the traditional media, as well as in ‘media-less‘ data, become increasingly complex.”

Attendees benefit from the participation, both formal and informal, of the presenters and the audience at the JTS. For newcomers to this vibrant, dynamic and committed community, JTS 2007 will provide an invaluable opportunity to learn what is happening in the field.

Anyone interested in the field of preservation, or in becoming more acquainted with the JTS, there is a wealth of documentation generated by JTS 2004 - presentations, reports and transcripts - currently available at

Under the auspices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Information Society Division, participating organizations include: the Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC), the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA), the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), the International Federation of Television Archives/Fédération Internationale des Archives de Télévision (FIAT/IFTA), the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA), the International Council on Archives (ICA), the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), and the Southeast Asia-Pacific Audiovisual Archive Association (SEAPAVAA).

For more information or to propose program topics, visit the JTS 2007 website

or contact the AMIA Office; 1313 North Vine St., Los Angeles, CA 90028; Tel: 323-463-1500; Fax: 323-463-1506; Email:

Registration information will be available January 15, 2007. This event is open to the public. Look for additional information coming in the weeks ahead.

About AMIA

The Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) is a dynamic professional association dedicated to advancing the preservation, collection, and use of moving images through public and professional education. Our objectives are to: 1) Raise public interest in the preservation and use of moving images, as educational, historical, and cultural resources; 2) Advance the professional development of moving image archivists; 3) Foster research and collaboration; and 4) Promote standards and best practices.