As of September 2015, Prof. dr. Franciska de Jong (University of Twente, Erasmus University Rotterdam, vice-president of the Governing Board of NWO) has been appointed Executive Director of CLARIN ERIC.
Franciska de Jong (1955) is professor of language technology at the Universiteit Twente (UT), and 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. She 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.
Currently her main research interests are in multimedia indexing, spoken document retrieval, text mining, access technology for digital libraries, interview archives and cultural heritage collections, and e-research in general. She is frequently involved in international programme committees, expert groups and review panels, and has initiated a number of projects funded within the EU framework programmes. Since 2008 she has been vice-president of the governing board of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).
More information available at the CLARIN ERIC website.