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Session I: Impact of Curation | Content in Motion

The goal of this session is to outline the importance of reaching audiences with various types of digital archival collections.
THU   03 / 12 / 2015
10:00  –  11:30
National Film Archive – Audiovisual Institute Wałbrzyska 3/5
02-739 Warsaw
The Promised Land room | 1st floor

It will provide examples of how opening archive materials and putting stress on their curation has influenced the "real world" and the organizations themselves. We want to discuss benefits and risks, creative partnerships and all the ingredients necessary to increase the visibility of archival material available online and its potential for use and reuse in various contexts.

Harry Verwayen, Europeana Foundation
Liam Wylie, RTÉ Archives
Alicja Knast, Muzeum Śląskie Katowice/ Muzeum Górnośląskie Bytom

[Moderator] Johan Oomen, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision


Johan is head of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision R&D Department (20 FTE) and researcher at the Web and Media group of the VU University Amsterdam. He is an elected board member of the Europeana Association, of the EUscreen Foundation and of CLICKNL, the innovation catalyst for the Dutch creative industries. He is the director of the PrestoCentre Foundation. Oomen and his group are working on research projects (Horizon 2020, ICT-PSP, national) that focus on providing durable access to digital heritage on the Web. Oomen holds an BA in Information Science and an MA in Media Studies.

Harry Verwayen | The More You Give The More You Get

We will explore Europeana’s framework for measuring impact (strategy2020.europeana.eu) and the role that curation can play in maximizing the impact of AV archives.

Over the past six years Europeana has developed into a full-blown platform, servicing a network of thousands of libraries, archives and museums across Europe. The most visible expression of this collective endeavour is a portal, which allows users to discover material from every member state and every domain in Europe. Europeana is now entering a new phase of its existence, which will be even more focused on the impact we can have together on our industry, the creative economy and social innovation.

Harry Verwayen


Harry is Deputy Director at Europeana responsible for the strategy, business and product development of Europeana, Europe’s Library, Museum and Archive. His main passion is the design and implementation of new business models that will support Europe in its aim to make our complete Heritage openly accessible for work, learning and pleasure. Prior to this Harry worked at the Amsterdam based think tank Knowledgeland where he was responsible for business model innovation in the cultural heritage sector. Harry holds a MA in History from Leiden University and has worked over ten years in the Scientific Publishing Industry. Mediocre football player, reasonable cook, aspiring photographer.

Liam Wylie | Curation – What is it All About?

Organize, present, promote, engage.

Curators are traditionally seen as individuals who acquire items, preserve them for the future, arrange them in some kind of order and provide ancillary information. But making the content available is not enough. We want to have an impact on our audience and we want to grow that audience. We will share our approach to curation at RTÉ Archives, take you through how we choose what to publish and how we publish it. Show you examples of how we have gone about this and the impression it made on our audience. We will also speak about our offline projects, as we at RTÉ Archives like to introduce our content not only online, but wherever we can.

Liam Wylie


Liam is a Senior Curator and Content Producer at RTÉ Archives. He is responsible for the website rte.ie/archives. He has worked as a film and television archivist and is a former head of collections at the Irish Film Archive. Through his own production company Red Lemonade Productions he has independently produced and directed archive based documentaries for RTÉ. In 2013 he won the FIAT/IFTA Most Innovative Use of Archive award and he was Content Producer for the RTÉ team, which received a special mention in the best transmedia experience at the 2015 Prix Italia.

Alicja Knast | Enriching Exhibitions or Making Shortcuts?

We’ll look into curatorial and managerial dilemmas concerning the use of archival audiovisual content within narrative exhibitions.

Since 2004, museum development in Poland has relied heavily on an extensive use of audiovisual content. But decision processes concerning exhibition design and audio-visual content were intuitive, hindered by lack of strategies and facilities. The introduction of archival content applications in places like the POLIN Museum, Chopin Museum, as well as Muzeum Śląskie in Katowice can and should be evaluated. Do they make narration more efficient or should we replace them with something else (i.e. paper document, object, written commentary)?

Alicja Knast


Musicologist, manager and curator, specializing in museum development. Director of Muzeum Śląskie in Katowice and Muzeum Górnośląskie in Bytom. Formerly CEO of the Core Exhibition at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw and curator of Chopin Museum in Warsaw and Żelazowa Wola. She lectured at London Metropolitan University and worked as a researcher at University of Plymouth, UK. Member of ICOM, Museums Association UK, Higher Education Academy UK. Her publications are focused on organology, implicit learning, museums management and psychology of music.

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