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Session II: Context for Curation | Content in Motion

Panelists will discuss storytelling platforms and presentation modules that can considerably influence the perception of any given materials.
THU   03 / 12 / 2015
12:00  –  13:30
National Film Archive – Audiovisual Institute Wałbrzyska 3/5
02-739 Warsaw
The Promised Land room | 1st floor

Every story, in order to get desired attention needs a context and a set-up. With the vastness of archival material available online, providing access is significant but in many cases it is no longer enough to reach new and keep your existing audience. The form of presentation is relevant and requires context.

Casey E. Davis, American Archive of Public Broadcasting
James Davis, Google Cultural Institute
John Ellis, Royal Holloway University of London

[Moderator] Rob Turnock, Royal Holloway University of London

Rob is a member of the EUscreenXL Project Management Board - with special interest in content selection, business models and the development of pilot initiatives. He has extensive experience of researching, curating and writing about broadcasting culture and content, and of working between the academic and cultural sectors. He is currently based at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Casey E. Davis | A Curator's 40,000 Hour Dream

The presentation will provide an overview of The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB), which completed the digitization of 40,000 hours of historic radio and television programming.

AAPB which is a collaboration between WGBH in Boston and the United States Library of Congress to preserve and make accessible significant historic content created by public media. One of the main goals of the AAPB is to maximize access and to encourage use of the collection in scholarship, education and lifelong learning. We will look at the AAPB Online Reading Room, the technology used to develop the AAPB's curation platform, AAPB's methodologies for curation of the collection and exhibits, and AAPB's long-term goals for ensuring access and use of the collection in research and learning.

Casey E. Davis


Casey is Project Manager at WGBH in Boston. She currently manages a number of AAPB projects. Upon the digitization of 40,000 hours of material from 100 public media stations, Casey oversaw the development of the AAPB digital archive (americanarchive.org) and curated Climate Change Conversations: Causes, Impacts, Solutions. Prior to joining the AAPB team, Casey worked on digital projects for PBS' flagship history documentary series, American Experience, and received her MLIS from Louisiana State University. Casey is also a founder of ProjectARCC (projectarcc.org) and serves as archivist for DearTomorrow (deartomorrow.org).

James Davis | Preserving Performance

Exploring the role of new technologies in the cultural preservation of performing arts.

James is Program Manager for the Google Cultural Institute, bringing culture to people through technology. He oversees international partnerships, manages special projects and develops educational strategy. Prior to this he curated at The Tate in London, building the new user-oriented online collection and delivering award-winning interactive interpretation for the galleries at Tate Britain.


John Ellis | How Footage Was Originally Created

The ADAPT project reunites old equipment with the people who used to use it, and invites them to explain and demonstrate how they used to work.

The paradox of the digital archive is that it makes footage easily available, but renders that footage mysterious by depriving it of clues about how it was made. The ADAPT project, funded by the European Research Council, is making a number of simulations of the typical ways in which TV used to work. The resultant footage will be made available for integration into archive collections.

John Ellis


John Ellis is Professor of Media Arts at Royal Holloway University London. He leads the ADAPT project and is also chair of Learning on Screen (formerly BUFVC). He is an editor of VIEW Journal of European television history and culture and his publications include Visible Fictions (1982), Seeing Things (2000) and Documentary: Witness and Self-revelation (2012).


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