Franciska de Jong


Franciska de Jong was a full professor of language technology at the University of Twente from 1992-2022. From 2015-2022 she also was the executive director of CLARIN ERIC, the European research infrastructure for language resources which is hosted at Utrecht University.  She also was a professor of e-research at the Erasmus University (2014-2022).

Since 2022, in her role as professor emeritus, she has been active in several national and international committees. She is a member the NWO Permanent Committee for Large-Scale Scientific Infrastructure (since 2018), the Raad voor de Nederlandse Taal en Letteren (since 2023), and the steering board of Open Science-NL (since 2023).  She is also still engaged with CLARIN ERIC as senior advisor and leading the work package of Horizon Europe project EOSC Focus (2022-2025) on the sustainability of the European Open Science Cloud.  

She 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. For HMI she led several externally funded projects (NWO, EU, etc.) in the domain of cross-language retrieval, access technology for cultural heritage collections (in particular spoken audio archives), and text mining, and she supervised more than 20 PhD students. 

From 2008 till 2016 she was a member of the Governing Board of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), and from 2009 till 2019 of the Governing Board of the National Library of the Netherlands (KB). She chaired the computational science advisory board of the Lorentz Center (2016-2021), and served on the board of Netherlands eScience Center (2014- 2023).


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