Retired from Elsevier and Volunteer at Naturalis in the Netherlands
I am retired since 2021 from Elsevier where I have worked in many roles since 1983.
In different roles, lastly as Director, Product Management, Content, I have been involved in many electronic initiatives within Elsevier before my assignment in 1998 at ScienceDirect.
I was responsible for the overall coordination of content-related developments in ScienceDirect, Scopus and associated large-scale electronic products. I was also involved in initiatives to investigate and implement new content- and network-related technologies and standards in Elsevier, such as XML, PDF, imaging, Web services, multimedia, smart content, etc.
I started in 1983 at Elsevier as Manager Information Centre primarily involved in Office Automation. In 1989 I moved to Elsevier's Research and Development department and collaborated in projects involving new media and network experiments, among which, CITED, an European project within the EC-funded ESPRIT programme developing a secure framework for networked document delivery, and TULIP, a research project in which Elsevier collaborated with nine leading universities in the USA to investigate publishing technologies for large-scale electronic distribution. Before then, I studied biology with main subject areas bioinformatics and pharmacology, resulting in Candidate for a doctor's degree (doctorandus, equivalent with MSc) at Leiden University, The Netherlands.
I am married to Marian, we have two great children, (Marloes and Koen), two equally great children-in-law (Luc and Marrit), one grandson (Syb) and our lovely dark brown labrador retriever Mikky.