Overview

The Association of Moving Image Archivists is an international nonprofit association dedicated to the preservation and use of moving image media. 

We are a global network of media professionals. AMIA members work for universities, studios, government and corporate archives, public broadcasting, music companies, cultural heritage and arts organizations, broadcasters, service providers, libraries, and independent archives, and more.  We are archivists, librarians, collectors, curators, students, educators, artists, technologists, researchers, distributors, exhibitors, service providers, consultants, and advocates.  Everyone working to preserve and access their media collections.

Mission

The Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) is a nonprofit international association dedicated to the preservation and use of moving image media. AMIA supports public and professional education and fosters cooperation and communication among the individuals and organizations concerned with the acquisition, preservation, description, exhibition, and use of moving image materials.

Vision

Moving image archivists worldwide shall have the support, the protection, the education, the information, the funding, and the resources necessary to properly and effectively preserve and make accessible the world’s moving image heritage for current and future generations.

AMIA is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity as core values, to be reflected in our membership and within the institutions and constituents we serve as stewards of our moving image heritage.

Advocacy

AMIA believes that advocacy is essential for promoting the importance of archives and archivists as the cultural caretakers of our media heritage.

Our Preservation Partners

AMIA’s preservation partners provide support for all of AMIA’s programs and events throughout the year.

Iron Mountain Entertainment Services

For more than 60 years, Iron Mountain has preserved priceless originals of blockbuster movies, popular songs, hit TV shows and other irreplaceable film and sound recordings. In doing so, the company helps major movie studios, recording labels, television production companies, and advertising agencies reduce their risk of losing or damaging these cultural artifacts, either physical or digital. Today, Iron Mountain continues to lead the industry in preserving and transferring analog and digital entertainment assets, offering unmatched expertise and resources, including: Experience in managing more than 21 million film and sound elements for more than 1,500 customers, including all of the top entertainment companies; A fully integrated digital studio to handle analog to digital transfer and storage for audio, video, and film assets; Highly secure, climate-controlled facilities that ensure preservation of valuable film and sound elements; A dedicated, trained, and screened staff of security professionals who keep assets secure and protected; A highly skilled team of award winning engineers to assist in digital transfers, migrations, and content delivery in 3 dedicated studios located within our preservation vaults, ensuring complete chain of custody of your assets.

 

Seagate Powered by Tape Ark

Zettabytes of the world’s data sits trapped on legacy tapes, stuck in offsite vault storage. Today, this data may be more useful than ever; with the power of AI and deep data analytics, it can provide greater intelligence than ever to solve problems. Older data can also be valuable, or even necessary, for maintaining regulatory compliance. Yet this data is disconnected, hard to access, and sits deteriorating on aging technology.

Seagate’s Lyve Data Services and Tape Ark have teamed up to deliver a service that will free the data trapped in tape vaults — a simple, streamlined process to migrate high volumes of data from aging, archived tape media directly to public cloud platforms such as AWS, Google and Microsoft Azure, in a secure and methodical way.

The goal: liberate the data from the tape vaults, unlocking the potential to access, restore, mine, analyze, monetize and deploy it in ways never before possible. In the new Data Age — the age if IT 4.0 — data is continuously being created at endpoints, often processed at the edge then transmitted to the cloud to be analyzed as part of still-larger sets of relevant data; the migration and activation of all available data sets is crucial for driving digital transformation — and for surviving and thriving as part of the IT 4.0 revolution.

Seagate Powered by Tape Ark

 

Associate Organizations

AMIA partners with other organizations to share information and collaborate in finding solutions to issues that face the archival field, regardless of specialty. In working with these organizations, the positive impact of each organization is dramatically increased.

National Film Preservation Board

Established by the National Film Preservation Act of 1988, the National Film Preservation Board works to ensure the survival, conservation and increased public availability of America’s film heritage, including: advising the Librarian on its recommendations for annual selections to the National Film Registry, apprising the Librarian of changing trends and policies in the field of film preservation, and counseling the Librarian on ongoing implementation of the National Film Preservation Plan.

CCAAA: Coordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Association

The CCAAA is the successor of the Round Table of Audiovisual Records and serves as a platform for international audiovisual archive associations to voice collective opinions and exercise influence at international and government level when decisions concerning the audiovisual cultural heritage are being taken.

UNESCO: Memory Of The World

UNESCO’s Memory of the World Program is an international initiative launched to safeguard the documentary heritage of humanity against collective amnesia, neglect, the ravages of time and climatic conditions, and willful and deliberate destruction.

UNESCO: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNESCO’s mission is to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information AMIA is a UNESCO recognized NGO with consultative status.