New Executive Director for PARTHENOS partner CLARIN

New Executive Director for PARTHENOS partner CLARIN
by Petra Drenth

CLARIN-ERIC has a new Executive Director. As of 1 September 2015, Prof. dr. Franciska de Jong, an eminently qualified scholar and administrator, has taken over from Steven Krauwer, who was the first Executiver Director after the establishment of the CLARIN-ERIC in 2012.

CLARIN is one of the sixteen partners that compose the PARTHENOS consortium and one of the two European Research Infrastructures (RI) that take part. The other participating RI is DARIAH, the Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities.


CLARIN is the Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure, which aims to provide easy and sustainable access for scholars in the humanities and social sciences to digital language data (in written, spoken, video or multimodal form), and advanced tools to discover, explore, exploit, annotate, analyse or combine them, wherever they are located.

Expansion and sustainability

Franciska de Jong will lead the expansion and sustainability of CLARIN, start outreach to new user communities while strengthening collaboration with new partners and continents, and will initiate promotion of collaboration with commercial partners. Also as of September 2015 the University of Utrecht has appointed her as professor of e-Research for the Humanities.

Franciska de Jong

Franciska de Jong (1955) studied Dutch language and literature at Utrecht University, did a PhD track in theoretical linguistics and made the switch to language technology in 1985 when she started working on machine translation at Philips Research. She has been professor of language technology at the Universiteit Twente (UT) since 1992, and is director of the Erasmus Studio for e-research at the Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam (EUR) where she also holds a chair in e-research for the social sciences and the humanities. Since 2008 she has been vice-president of the governing board of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). More information about Franciska de Jong can be found in this detailed profile.

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