Appendix 5: About DANS and the makers of this handbook

Data Archiving & Networked Services (DANS) is the national organisation in the Netherlands that provides for the storage of and perpetual access to data from research in the liberal arts and social sciences. To this end, DANS works together with researchers and encourages cooperation among scientists. DANS has the form of a network, with a centre that is responsible for the data infrastructure. This centre is comprised of a team of approximately fifteen people who work at the DANS office in The Hague or at one of the research centres throughout the country. For more information, please visit

Wouter Baars develops software and education. He studied business administration at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Since completing his studies, he has worked on a variety of projects in the area of old and new media. He worked as the project leader for the Waag Society, KPN, the Digitale Universiteit, the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Noterik Multimedia and the European Commission, among other entities. In addition to his work as a developer, Baars teaches in the area of project management. More information on his work is available on the following website:

Dr. Henk Harmsen is adjunct directeur van DANS (Data Archiving & Networked Services), een nieuw initiatief van KNAW en NWO op het gebied van het archiveren en beschikbaarstellen van onderzoeksdata in Nederland. Henk studeerde alfa-informatica aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam en promoveerde aan de Vrije universiteit van Amsterdam. Hij heeft als bibliothecaris, hoofd van automatisering en hoofd bedrijfsvoering op een breed vlak ervaring opgedaan. Meer informatie is te vinden op:

Dr. Henk Harmsen is the adjunct director of DANS, which is a new initiative of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the NWO in the area of archiving and accessibility of research data in the Netherlands. Harmsen studied computer applications in the humanities at the Universiteit van Amsterdam and received a PhD from the Vrije Universiteit van Amsterdam. His broad work experience includes positions as librarian, head of computerisation and head of business operations. More information about Harmsen is available on the following website:

Rutger Kramerstudied Information Technology at Delft University of Technology. For his graduation project, Kramer was involved with the ECPA Sepia project, in which he collaborated with the Netherlands Institute for Scientific Information Services (NIWI – KNAW) on a meta-data entry application. After completing his internship, he remained with NIWI as a technical scientific programmer. In this position, he worked on a variety of projects, including EVAMP and XPAST, which focused on the disclosure of digital heritage materials. As an information scientist with DANS, Kramer serves as IT liaison and project manager for internal and external R&D projects. He is involved in the Easy Store DMS project for DANS, in addition to providing database disclosure for the Faculty of Letters at Utrecht University.

Drs. Laurents Sesink is an information scientist in the department of Acquisition and Development at DANS. Sesink studied history at Utrecht University and historical information technology at Leiden University. As a former senior digitalisation-services, technical scientific programmer, development-group co-ordinator, senior consultant/project leader and policy worker, Sesink has a broad background in the area of scientific and administrative information services.

Drs. Joris van Zundert is a researcher and developer with the Huygens Institute, which is a subsidiary of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). He studied Dutch Language and Culture at Utrecht University. In addition to and following his studies, he developed a professional career as an independent designer and developer of Internet applications. He later combined education and practical experience while in service for the Netherlands Association for Science and Technology, the Netherlands Institute for Scientific Information Services and the Huygens Institute. In several projects, van Zundert has developed a variety of projects involving Internet applications and digital tools that are specifically focused on (literary historical) scientific use and research.