- Drs. Joris van Zundert
- Researcher & Developer, Programme Leader Methodology
- Department of ICT Support and Development
- Specialisations: literary history; digital & computational humanities
About Joris van Zundert
Drs. Joris J. van Zundert (1972) is scientific researcher and developer in the field of digital and 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). At the same institute he also acts as programme leader of the Methodology research programme, which fosters discussion and research on textual scholarship, documentary editing and their relation to digital and computational methods. As a researcher and developer his main interest lies with the possibilities of computational algorithms for the analysis of literary and historic texts, and the nature and properties of humanities information and data modeling.
A Short Bio
Joris van Zundert was attracted to the Huygens Institute in 2005 to start forming a digital humanties research and development group. Subsequently he headed the ‘Digital Humanities Software R&D Team’ from 2006 until 2009. Between 2009 and 2012 he was appointed project manager of the Royal Academy’s Alfalab project –a cooperative project by six Royal Academy institutes to determine the requirements of a digital infrastructure for humanities and to explore and test drive the possibilities of computational humanities for that field. In 2007 he also became Chair of Interedition, a meanwhile European/US initiative to foster interoperability and collaboration in tool development for digital textual scholarship. In 2012 he was added to the management team of the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands and became responsible for the Methodology research programme aimed at integrating suitable digital tools and techniques into the humanities methodological approaches. 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 Reynaert the Fox for an animation screenplay. (On Reynard see also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reynard). 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.