Henk Wals is the new National Coordinator for DARIAH in the Netherlands.
Henk Wals is the new National Coordinator for DARIAH in the Netherlands. Henk is General Director of the International Institute of social History, an Institue of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).
As a member of the board of directors of CLARIAH, the Dutch collaborative infrastructure of DARIAH and CLARIN in the Netherlands, he has been associated with DARIAH before.
Henk studied Social and Economic history at the University of Amsterdam. After having worked in the corporate sector for 10 years, in 1982 he accepted a position with the International Institute of Social History, where he has been deputy director from 1993 until 2005.
In 2000, he gained his PhD with a study on survival strategies of construction workers in Amsterdam during the first quarter of the 20th century. His main research interests are living strategies of workers and trade unionism.
In 2004 he was appointed interim director of Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, a fellow Institute of KNAW. In 2010 the Huygens Institute merged with the Instituut voor Nederlandse Geschiedenis (ING) and Henk became director of the Huygens-ING Institute, the largest Institute for research on the humanities in the Netherlands.
Henk succeeds Peter Doorn, who had been working for DARIAH since many years. As director of Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS), DARIAH-NL’s Coordinating Institution, and a member of the board of directors of CLARIAH, Peter will remain involved in future developments of DARIAH.