The Knowledge and Innovation department initiates, encourages and facilitates research and innovation in the different domains in which Sound and Vision is active. Besides being a manager at Sound and Vision, Johan is also a researcher at the Web and Media research group at the VU University in Amsterdam. There he explores the relationship between online public participation and online cultural heritage. He is a board member of CLICKNL, the innovation network for the creative industries, and of the pan-European heritage initiative Europeana.
Johan was involved from the outset in EUscreen, Europeana Sounds and Open Cultuur Data; expert communities working on the online availability of digital heritage. He's studied Media and Culture at the University of Amsterdam and has worked for RTL Netherlands and the British Universities Film and Video Council.