We talked about it with the Communication Area of AISM.
AISM, the Italian Multiple Sclerosis Association Multipla, is the only organization in Italy that deals in a structured and organic way all the aspects related to multiple sclerosis (MS), through an overall perspective that embraces the issue of people with MS’s rights, health and social-health services, promotion, direction and financing of scientific research.
In this context, the images are a powerful means to tell the path that is emerging in terms of research and rights, to bring to light the changes in the world of multiple sclerosis in Italy and, in general, to show the Association achievements in half a century of activity.
What is the photographic archive for AISM?
The AISM photo archive is, first of all, a source of memory: it is the repository of collective knowledge about the 50 years that have just elapsed in the fight of multiple sclerosis.
The visual testimonies are fundamental to support the association’s mission, carrying out a function of encouragement, sharing and comparison.
How did you start to enhance your iconographic heritage?
Precisely because of the great social and documental value of our photographic archive, in 2016 we decided to invest in its systematization. It is a very important project for us that has led to a careful reorganization of photographic material.
Why did you decide to manage your photo archive online?
Our main goal was to optimize the image search.
Secondly, we wanted to make available our photographic heritage to third parties, in particular to the media.
Managing the archive with a professional software has made it possible.
The dematerialization of images is becoming a them more and more decisive, to optimize archive’s spaces and functioning and also to ensure a more effective consultation and conservation.
An unmanaged archive is an untapped asset!
What are your future plans related to your photo archive?
We intend to keep exploiting opportunities offered by technology for a digital archive management, putting them at the service of our cause: making culture on a complex issue, with a strong social impact.