May 28, 2022

Interview: “Four Questions For Award Winner Herbert van de Sompel” + Writing and Video

Herbert Van de Sompel was recently named the 2017 Paul Evan Peters Award presented by CNI and ARL.

DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services) based in the Netherlands has posted a brief interview with Van de Sompel.

Here’s one exchange from the interview.

Which contributions do you think led to you receiving the award?

“A variety of things. My earliest relevant work was OAI-PMH, which is used in the repository world, cultural heritage and scientific communication – even Wikipedia uses it. It’s a very widespread protocol. And, of course, OpenURL and linking servers, which are used all over the world in academic and research libraries. Those are the things on which this award is mostly based, as they are really embedded throughout the infrastructure everywhere. Personally, I see Memento as my best work because it is super simple and yet extremely powerful. Memento has enabled the seamless integration of web archives in the Web, with archives becoming infrastructure rather than a destination. The past and present of the Web are now merged together, whereas they used to be separate.”

Read the Complete DANS Interview

See Also: Herbert Van de Sompel, Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory is the 2017 recipient of the Paul Evan Peters Award (via CNI)
July 26, 2017.

See Also: New Article: “Discovering Scholarly Orphans Using ORCID” (Preprint)
2017 article (preprint) co-authored by Van de Sompel.

See Also: Autoload: a pipeline for expanding the holdings of an Institutional Repository enabled by ResourceSync
2017 article published in C0de4Lib co-authored by Van de Sompel.

See Also: “Web Infrastructure to Support e-Journal Preservation (and More)”
2016 article (preprint) co-authored by Van de Sompel.

See Also: From 2017 CNI Spring Meeting 


Web archive retrieval tool powered by Memento (Van de Sompel is a part of development team).

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.