To strengthen the bonds of co-operation between archives and other institutions which preserve documents of recorded sound. To initiate and encourage activities that develop and improve the organization, administration and contents of recorded sound collections. To study all techniques relevant to the work of sound archives and other institutions which preserve these documents and to disseminate the results of such study on an international scale.
Priority issues: Archiving of sound recordings; exchange of information; recording techniques; defence of copyright.
Areas include: preservation, organization and use of sound and audiovisual recordings; techniques of recording and methods of reproducing sound and audiovisual events; exchange of recordings and of related literature and information among sound and audiovisual archives; other subjects related to the professional work of sound and audiovisual preservation and technical aspects of recording and playback. Organizes annual congress or joint congress with other audiovisual organizations. Committees with special interest (3): Technical; Discography; Training and Education. Sections with special interest (3): National Archives; Broadcast Archives; Research Archives. Interest group: Knowledge Information. Several Task Forces.