The WAL App is part of a research project led by Dr. Ana-Maria Herman. Dr. Herman is an Assistant Professor in the Information Technology Management department at Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University. This research project was begun in 2016, while Dr. Herman was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Invention and Social Process (CISP) located in the Sociology Department at Goldsmiths, University of London and a Research Associate at the Women’s Art Library at Goldsmiths Library. The project seeks to understand the possibilities and limitations of app technolgies and social media in effecting social change, and has two particular aims:

  1. To make the ‘WAL App’ (a prototype) promoting the artworks of women and the Women’s Art Library archive, i.e. ‘to make the archive travel’.
  2. To research the ‘effectiveness’ of app technologies and social media in promoting social change – i.e. can this app raise awareness of women’s artworks? women artists? the Women’s Art Library archive? And how can this help artists ie. pay equity?

The Principal Investigator  

Dr. Ana-Maria Herman is the principal investigator. She currently teaches IT Strategy Management and Acquisition and Capstone (Graduate Project) in TRSM at Ryerson University.  Dr. Herman also has professional experience developing IT strategies and complex financial cases for diverse business technology initiatives in large institutions.

The Women’s Art Library

The Women’s Art Library began as an artists’ initiative that developed into an arts organization publishing catalogues and books as well as a magazine from the early 1980s to 2002. The main purpose however was to provide a place for women artists to deposit unique documentation of their work. The Library collected personal files that functioned together as an alternative public space to view and experience women’s art. Thousands of artists from around the world are represented in some form in this collection. To find out more about the Library and its collections visit the Library’s website.

The Funding of this Project

Phase 1 received equal funding from three grants awarded by the Women’s Art Library, Goldsmiths’ Research Development Funds (CIG) and Goldsmiths’ Public Engagement Grants. CISP also provided funding for the costs of the Launch.

Phase 2 is funded by a TRSM Research Development Grant awarded by TRSM Research and Graduate Programs at Ryerson University.

Thank You for your Support

This project would not have been possible without the help of many supportive communities. Special thanks to the Curator of the Women’s Art Library, Dr. Althea Greenan, and to Dr. Michael Guggenheim, Co-Director of the Centre for Invention and Social Process for welcoming this project at CISP in 2016. Thank you to TRSM Research and Graduate Programs for supporting ‘Phase 2’ of the project. And many thanks to all those who have been involved with and/or downloaded the WAL App – it all matters!