May 24, 2022

Herbert Van de Sompel is Joining DANS (Data Archiving and Network Services) in the Netherlands as Chief Innovation Officer

From a DANS (Data Archiving and Network Services) Announcement:

We are proud to announce that information scientist Herbert van de Sompel will join DANS in November as Chief Innovation Officer

Van de Sompel (1957) studied mathematics and computer science at the University of Ghent. He graduated in 2000 with a thesis on context-sensitive and dynamic linking of scientific information. Before that he was head of automation at the university library in that city. He then worked as an e-strategy director at the British Library (London, UK) and as a visiting professor at Cornell University (Ithaca, New York). In 2002 he became leader of the research team ‘Digital Library Research and Prototyping’ at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (New Mexico, USA). He has played a major role in creating widely used information standards (including OAI-PMH, OpenURL, OAI-ORE, Memento, NISO / OAI ResourceSync and Web Annotation) and participated in influential research into alternative metrics for scientific publications (MESUR project) and ‘reference rot’ in scientific communication (Hiberlink project). In 2017 he received the prestigious Paul Evan Peters Award for his contributions to sustainable digital infrastructure in support of education and research.

Van de Sompel has been a visiting professor at DANS twice. DANS employees describe him as someone who has the potential to make things that are seen as desirable on the internet and archival community happen, and often on a very large scale.

Van de Sompel: “My recent sabbatical at DANS was most enjoyable and as such I eagerly accepted the opportunity to take on a position with them. I am really looking forward to contributing to the many national and international projects in which DANS is involved. I also hope to be able to further develop a number of my recent initiatives at DANS, for example Memento Tracer, an innovative approach for web archiving.”

See Also: Articles by Herbert Van de Sompel via Semantic Scholar ||| via CORE ||| via Microsoft Academic

See Also: Herbert Van de Sompel on the Decentralized Web (March 14, 2018)

See Also: Herbert Van de Sompel Delivers the Paul Evan Peters Lecture “Scholarly Communication: Deconstruct & Decentralize” at the 2017 CNI Fall Meeting

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.