Joris van Zundert


Drs. Joris J. van Zundert (1972) is a researcher and developer in the field of computational humanities at the Huygens Institute for the History of The Netherlands, a research institute of The Netherlands Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). Joris van Zundert is project manager of the KNAW Alfalab project. The objective of project Alfalab (March 2009 – January 2012) is to determine the requirements of a digital infrastructure for humanities and to explore and test drive the possibilities of computational humanities for that field. Joris van Zundert is also Chair of the European research COST Action IS0704 ‘Interedition’ aimed at furthering interoperability and collaboration in digital humanities tool building.

Joris van Zundert studied Dutch literature and linguistics at the University of Utrecht (The Netherlands) and specialized in historical literature. He graduated on the adaptation of the Dutch medieval romance or fable Of the Fox Reyneart for an animation screenplay. In a commercial venture he produced several successful digital publications and corporate web sites. He was employed as coordinator of IT operations at WeTeN, a Dutch governmental supported foundation for the popularization of science. He moved on to become an expert of IT applications in the humanities at the department of history of the meanwhile dissolved Dutch Institute for Scientific Information Technology Services (NIWI – KNAW). Subsequently he was employed as scholar and IT expert at the department of Dutch Literature and Linguistics at the same institute.

In 2005 Joris was appointed scientific researcher at the Huygens Institute. In 2006 he additionally promoted to Head of the ‘Digital Humanities Software R&D Team’ of the same institute. In that role he contributed to virtually all research projects of the institute having digital or computational aspects.

As a researcher and scholar Joris is interested in the applications and capabilities of digital algorithms for literary analysis.

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