Dr Henk Harmsen
Henk Harmsen (1958) studied computer linguistics at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). He wrote a PH.D. at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam (VU) about automatic syntactical- and semantic text-parsing. He was head of the IT department (1993-1995) and interim manager (1996-1997) of an institute of the Netherlands Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). In 1998 he went to the UvA as a librarian and operational manager at the Faculty of Science. In 2000 he returned to the KNAW to become operational director at the Netherlands Institute of Scientific Information (NIWI-KNAW). He has lead a few reorganisations and he is the primary 'booster' of various innovative IT-projects. Since 2005 Henk is the vice director of Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS). Henk is also a musician and a 'self-made' expert on digital audio recording.