As of September 2015 Franciska de Jong is full professor of e-Research for the Humanities and executive director of CLARIN ERIC, which has its statutory seat at Utrecht University. CLARIN (Common LAnguage Resources and Technology INfrastructure) has the objective is to provide seamless access to digital language data and processing tools all across Europe], and thereby enable and support the work of scholars from the humanities and social sciences, and beyond.
Franciska de Jong studied Dutch language and literature at the University of Utrecht, did a PhD in theoretical linguistics and started to work on language technology in 1985 at Philips Research where she worked on machine translation. She has been a full professor of language technology at the University of Twente within the Human Media Interaction group since 1992. She is also affiliated to the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, where she is director of the Erasmus Studio.
Currently, her main research interest is in the field of access technology for digital libraries, text mining, cross-language retrieval, the disclosure of cultural heritage collections (in particular spoken audio archives), and e-research at large.
She is frequently involved in international expert groups and review panels, and has initiated a number of EU-projects. She is member of the board of Netherlands eScience Center, and chair of the computational science advisory board of the Lorentz Center. From 2008 till 2016 she was a member of the Governing Board of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). As of 2010 she has been a member of the Governing Board of the National Library of the Netherlands (KB). Since 2018 she is a member of the EOSC-hub project management board and of the NWO Permanent Committee for Large-Scale Scientific Infrastructure.
Through membership of the WG Sustainability she would like to contribute to:
- Enhancement of the sustainability of EOSC-related initiatives by building up adequate models for governance
- Solving the puzzle of how to integrate these three perspectives in a model for EOSC governance:
- Country’s interests and investments
- European collaboration
- Balance between innovation and consolidation of previous RI developments
- Improved potential for synergy between RIs and eInfras
- Increased attention for the perspective of distributed data initiatives and the SSH research infrastructures