Frank van Amerongen Frank van Amerongen (1950) is managing director and publisher at ThiemeMeulenhoff, one of the mayor educational publishing houses in the Netherlands. In his early professional years he was a teacher in primary education and also an author for textbooks and translator of nonfiction reference books for young children. In the early eighties he started his career as a publisher. He was a nonfiction publisher at Tirion publishers for a short time, but his roots are deep into the educational publishing field, both for the primary and de secondary school market. Frank is the concept engineer behind many well known teaching methods published by amongst others Malmberg, where he worked for almost 10 years, and ThiemeMeulenhoff.
Arianne Baggerman studied history at Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam. In 2001 she was awarded a grant by NWO for her research project `Controlling time and shaping the Self: education, introspection and practices of writing in the Netherlands 1750-1914′. Her publication Kind van de toekomst. De wondere wereld van Otto van Eck (1790-1798) (Wereldbibliotheek 2005), co-written with Rudolf Dekker was in 2006 awarded the dr. Wijnaendts Francken prize of the Maatschappij der Nederlandse Letterkunde and in 2008 the Martinus J. Langeveld prize of the Universiteit van Utrecht. Baggerman is a member of the editorial board of Quaerendo. A Quarterly Journal from the Low Countries Devoted to Manuscripts and Printed Books. In 2006 she launched an international book series, Egodocuments and History published by Brill, of which she is co-editor. She teaches history at Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam and she was in 2009 appointed professor in the history of publishing and book trade at the Universiteit van Amsterdam.
James Bridle is a publisher, editor, writer and technologist. He has worked in all areas of the traditional and online publishing industries,and speaks worldwide at conferences on literature and technology. He is a partner in the Really Interesting Group, London, and his work can be found at

Florian Cramer, born in 1969, is director of the Piet Zwart Institute and program director of the new Center Creative Professions of the Hogeschool Rotterdam.

Morgan Currie is an American writer and researcher. She received a Masters degree in New Media at the University of Amsterdam, where her thesis explores how batch digitization of print collections is changing (and challenging) the traditional role of institutional libraries. Her related topics of interest include digital archives, open access publishing, and sustainability of the commons. Currently she is researching for the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam. Prior to her current work she worked for eight years as a researcher and producer of documentary films for American public television and GOOD Magazine.

Annet Dekker is independent curator and researcher. Subjects of interest are the influence of new media, science and popular culture on art and vice versa. She worked for eight years as curator and head of the artist in residence at Netherlands Media Art Institute in Amsterdam and two years as programme manager for Viruteel Platform. At the moment she organises with Annette Wolfsberger the Artist in Residence programme at the Netherlands Media Art Institute in Amsterdam, is leading a research on Born Digital Art in Dutch Museums (commissioned by SBMK, Virtueel Platform and DEN), webcurator at SKOR, and executive producer for Funware (curated by Olga Goriunova), an international touring exhibition in 2010 and 2011 about fun in software. Since 2008 she is writing a PhD on strategies for documenting net art at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London, under supervision of Matthew Fuller.

August Hans den Boef is a teacher-researcher at de Institute for Media and Communication, Hogeschool van Amsterdam and a writer on modern fiction and history, politics and religion, and rock music. He is Dutch Freethinker of the year 2010 and the author of a.o. Nederland seculier!, God als hype and (forthcoming) Haat als deugd. His research is the relation between news journalism and recent developments in the society, social, political and technological.

Sean Dockray lives in Los Angeles. He is an artist and a founding director of Telic Arts Exchange, a non-profit arts organization providing a critical engagement with new media and culture. Dockray initiated The Public School and AAAARG.OR and last summer he co-organized an itinerant seminar in Berlin, ‘There is nothing less passive than the act of fleeing’, in collaboration with Caleb Waldorf and Fiona Whitton. They are continuing their work together as The Public School later this year in the Encuentro Internacional de Medellín 2011. He has recently participated in ‘Speak, memory’ at the Townhouse Gallery in Cairo, the Second World Congress of Free Artists in Aarhus, a commission for the 2010 New York Art Book fair, the 29th São Paulo Biennial, Properties of the Autonomous Archive in Bombay, and the exhibition, ‘Shadowboxing’, at the Royal College of Art in London. Dockray’s writing has been published in Cabinet, Bidoun, X-TRA, Volume, and Fillip.

Gary Hall is Professor of Media and Performing Arts, Coventry University, UK. He is author of Digitize This Book! The Politics of New Media, or Why We Need Open Access Now (2008) and Culture in Bits (2002), and co-editor of New Cultural Studies (2006) and Experimenting: Essays With Samuel Weber (2007). His work has appeared in numerous journals, including Angelaki, Cultural Politics, Cultural Studies, and The Oxford Literary Review. In 1999 he co-founded the open access journal Culture Machine (, and in 2006 he co-founded Open Humanities Press ( OHP’s open access monograph project was announced in 2009. It includes the Culture Machine Liquid Books series (, co-edited by Gary Hall and Clare Birchall.

John Haltiwanger. Working in programming languages, new media theory, and typographic design software, John strives for a balance between the practical and the aesthetic in the transcendence of constraint.

Suzanne Holtzer is Chief editor of Dutch Literature at the publishing Hiuse De Bezige Bij, (The Busy Bee), one of the leading literary publishers in the Netherlands for both Dutch and translated literature, fiction and non-fiction.

Otmar Hoefer  is a trained hot metal typesetter born on Offenbach am Main. He received his engineering degree at the FH Druck (University of Applied Sciences for Print) in Stuttgart and has been working for Linotype since 1978 first at D. Stempel AG type foundry, in Frankfurt, and now Linotype GmbH. He underwent all technology changes and can understand the transition of the type design into the new era. Type is an essential part of his life.

Joost Kircz is a scientific researcher and professional in academic publishing, specializing in the design and implementation of electronic publishing experiments and products. During 16 years at Elsevier Science, he held various positions, including publisher of the distinguished physics programme (under the North-Holland imprint). Taking an interdisciplinary approach to science and publishing, he has developed research agendas for the ‘Communication in Physics’ program of the Foundation Physica, hosted at the Van der Waals-Zeeman Institute of the University of Amsterdam. He has also been affiliated as senior scientist with the Intelligent System Laboratory Amsterdam (ISLA). In 1998, he founded Kircz Research Amsterdam (KRA), an independent research and consultancy company in Publishing. From 1992, he held various positions as a visiting scientist at the University of Amsterdam, presently at the Information and Language Processing Systems Group. From 2006-2010 he was a Lector (professor) and is presently director of research of Electronic Publishing at the Domain Media, Creation and Information of the Hogeschool van Amsterdam (University of Applied Sciences Amsterdam).

Roosje Klap (1973) works and lives in Amsterdam where she was trained at the Rietveld Academy. She works as a designer in her studio and as a teacher graphic design, currently at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, the Netherlands. She is also a member selection committee Fonds BKVB (Dutch Fund for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture). Roosje Klap is not only a person but also a studio with four other people that create visual communication, mainly graphic design. The studio researches the experimental boundaries of custom fit design, collaborative yet peculiar and mainly work for an international clientèle in the cultural field: museums, galleries, art publishers and artists. Clients include The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, the Mondrian Foundation, The Audax Textile Museum, SKOR, The Royal Dutch Mint, and for publishers like Valiz, Nieuw Amsterdam, Pels&Kemper, Revolver en JRP Ringier. Recent projects lead to collaborations with Krist Gruijthuijsen & Koen Brams, Jan Rothuizen, het Tropenmuseum, Premsela and Mister Motley.

Miha Kovač is currently publisher at Mladinska knjiga and full professor at the Department of Library and Information Science and Book Studies at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. In 1985, he became Editor-in-Chief of Mladina, the only opposition weekly in then-socialist Slovenia, which was still part of Yugoslavia at that time. After 1988, he moved into book publishing and worked as editorial director in the two largest Slovene publishing houses, DZS and Mladinska knjiga. In 2000 he left professional book publishing and started to lecture at the Department of Library and Information Science and Book Studies at Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. He also worked as a consultant to textbook publishers in Slovenia, Serbia and Montenegro and participated as a textbook specialist in the World Bank Mission in Georgia (former Soviet Union). Between 2005 – 2009 he edited Slovene edition of National Geographic Magazine. Between 1990 and 2004 he published more than 500 columns on Slovene political and cultural life in Slovene daily and weekly press. In august 2009, he returned to Mladinska knjiga as a publisher and at the same time keeps teaching at the University of Ljubljana. He is author of four books on book history and book publishing. In 2008, his first book in English Never Mind the Web. Here Comes the Book was published by Chandos in Oxford. At Mladinska knjiga, his main job is development of e-publishing infrastructure.

Tomas Krag considers himself a ICT4D and Open Source geek, and enjoys teaching and evangelizing both of those subjects. He is currently working as CTO at Refugees United (, an online, mobile platform for refugees to search for missing family members. He co-founded, a non-profit working with open wireless technologies to establish internet infrastructure in developing countries. While at he co-authored the collaboratively authored, cc-licensed book “Wireless Networking in the Developing World” (, which has been translated into 6 languages and downloaded over 2 million times. For that project he came up with the concept of the Book Sprint ( He does what he does because it’s loads of fun.

Sophie Krier (1976, Belgium-Luxemburg) lives and works in Rotterdam. In 1999 she graduated cum laude from the Design Academy Eindhoven, in the course Man and Identity. From 2004 to 2009 Sophie Krier was head of department at designLAB, Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam. Atelier Sophie Krier explores the peripheries of the design field, with a focus on film, writing and temporary social interventions. Krier is currently developing a series of symposia for museums and researching our experience of nature in The Netherlands. She is researches emerging design practices and publishes her findings in her journal Field Essays. In short, Atelier Sophie Krier develops ‘tools for narration and reflection’.

Veljko Kukulj was born and lived mostly in Zagreb, Croatia during interesting times and is an IT professional with over 20 years of experience and still with engineering approach to publishing. He founded a small company in 1993 and started publishing educational (“serious”) games and interactive book titles, many of them first of a kind in region. He has also worked as a journalist, magazine editor and commentator, a lecturer and consultant on e-books and e-publishing, and is inventor of “method for factualization of space and time defined data” (or how to apply math to history and show it in a different way), dedicated last three years to development of interactive chronological visualization system based on that method.

Alan Liu is Professor and Chair in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he teaches in the fields of digital humanities, British Romantic literature and art, and literary theory. He has published three books: Wordsworth: The Sense of History (Stanford University Press, 1989), The Laws of Cool: Knowledge Work and the Culture of Information (University of Chicago Press, 2004), and Local Transcendence: Essays on Postmodern Historicism and the Database (University of Chicago Press, 2008). Liu is principal investigator of the University of California’s multi-campus research group on Transliteracies: Research in the Technological, Social, and Cultural Practices of Online Reading and a founding member of the new 4Humanities (“Advocating for the Humanities”) initiative. Previously, he founded and directed the UC Santa Barbara Transcriptions Project and served on the Board of Directors of the Electronic Literature Organization. Some of his other online projects include the Voice of the Shuttle and The Agrippa Files (general editor).

Heleen van Loon is English lecturer at the Institute for Media, Information and
Communication, Hogeschool van Amsterdam. She read English Language and Literature at Leiden University and wrote her thesis on Charles Dickens. She worked as a teacher, translator, media librarian (University of Amsterdam), and ICT and English teacher trainer (Hogeschool van Amsterdam). Her professional interests are Computer-Assisted Language Learning, and language teaching, with a focus on independent learning. At the moment she is teaching English in the MIC Publishing Sciences semester course ’Books & More’. (

Geert Lovink, founding director of the Institute of Network Cultures, is a Dutch-Australian media theorist and critic. He holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne and in 2003 was at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Queensland. In 2004 Lovink was appointed as Research Professor at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam and Associate Professor at University of Amsterdam. He is the founder of Internet projects such as nettime and fibreculture. His recent book titles are Dark Fiber (2002), Uncanny Networks (2002) and My First Recession (2003). In 2005-06 he was a fellow at the WissenschaftskollegBerlin Institute for Advanced Study where he finished his third volume on critical Internet culture, Zero Comments (2007).

Liz McGettigan is Head of Edinburgh City’s transforming library and Information service. Liz has a track record in public information services, electronic content development and information management. Liz is changing the city’s libraries fast in many ways! One of these ways is through the innovative use of social media, e- books, electronic community information, the virtual library, self service and wi-fi. Driving up the usage and profile of the City’s libraries through promotion and marketing, refurbishments and partnerships. Liz believes that we cannot underestimate the importance of digital inclusion to equable service access, tackling the needs of excluded groups and the strategies to make it a reality are even more difficult in the fast-changing digital landscape. She is an active member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Scotland, a member of the Scottish Government’s Digital Participation working Group, member of SOCITM – the Society of IT Managers, Member of British Institute of Learning and Development, associate of Chartered Institute of Management and a former member of the Scottish Interoperability Standards Team. She was head of libraries with East Renfrewshire and went on to be Business Development manager with TALIS. She has also held key roles with the Scottish Executive E-content Advisory Group, with EU as a Learning bid assessor, an Expert Training Assessor for NOF and Scottish Representative to Society of Public Information Networks.

Anne Mangen is Associate professor in literacy and reading research at The Reading Centre, University of Stavanger, NO. Her doctoral dissertation in media studies (NTNU, 2006) was a cognitive-phenomenological study of the experience of reading digital narrative fiction. Since then, she has published numerous articles on the impact of digital technology on reading and writing, and is particularly interested in cross-disciplinary approaches to reading and writing focusing on multisensory, embodied aspects. She has been a visiting scholar at Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research Center), Palo Alto, California and San Jose State University, California, at LinCS, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and at L’Institut de Neurosciences Cognitives de la Méditerranée (INCM), Université de la Méditerranée, Marseille, FR.

Dr. Bernhard Rieder (1976) is Assistant Professor of New Media at the University of Amsterdam and Assistant Professor at the Hypermedia Department at Paris VIII University. His research interests focus on the history, theory, and politics of software, more particularly on the role of algorithms in social processes and the production of knowledge. He has worked as a Web programmer on various projects and is currently writing a book on the history and cultural significance of information processing.

Bas Savenije graduated in philosophy in 1977. Since then, he has held a range of positions at Utrecht University, among which director of Strategic Planning and director Budgeting and Control. From 1994 until 2009 he was university librarian of Utrecht University, managing the comprehensive university library. He has initiated a pervasive innovation program for the library aimed at implementing and continuously improving electronic services. One of the results is an e-press within the university library of Utrecht for electronic publishing and archiving services. Since June 2009 Bas is Director General of the KB, National Library of the Netherlands. He is member of the Board of FOBID (the Dutch Federation of Organisations in the Field of Libraries, Information and Documentation), member of the board of LIBER (Association of Research Libraries in Europe) and chairman of the board of Directors of SPARC Europe. See also

Ray Siemens is Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing and Professor of English at the University of Victoria with cross appointment in Computer Science. Editor of several renaissance texts and founding editor of the electronic scholarly journal, Early Modern Literary Studies, Siemens has written numerous articles on the connections between computational methods and literary studies and is the co-editor of several humanities computing books such as Blackwell’s Companion to Digital Humanities and Companion to Digital Literary Studies. He serves as Director of the Implementing New Knowledge Environments project and the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, is Chair of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations’ Steering Committee, and is Vice President of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences; he has served as President (English) of the Society for Digital Humanities/Société pour l’étude des médias interactifs (SDH/SEMI), Chair of the Modern Language Association’s Committee on Information Technology and the MLA Discussion Group on Computers in Language and Literature.

Nicholas Spice has been Publisher of the London Review of Books since 1982. He has from time to time contributed articles to the LRB on fiction, music and psychoanalysis.

Femke Snelting is an artist and designer, developing projects at the intersection of design, feminism and free software. Together with Renée Turner and Riek Sijbring she forms De Geuzen (a foundation for multi-visual research). De Geuzen deploy both on- and offline strategies to explore their interest in female identity, critical resistance, representation, and narrative archiving. She is member of Constant, a Brussels based association for art and media; participates in Samedies, femmes et logiciels libres and initiated with Pierre Huyghebaert and Harrisson the interdisciplinary and international design collective OSP (Open Source Publishing). OSP tests the possibilities and realities of doing design, illustration, cartography and typography using a wide range of F/LOSS tools. Modifying and expanding their toolbox while gradually engaging more with the communities that develop them, has changed both their practice and its outcomes. http//

Robert Max Steenkist studied literature at la Universidad de los Andes and completed an MA of Publishing Studies at the University of Leiden. He worked at the Regional Centre for the Enhancement of the Book in Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLALCUNESCO). Since 2010 he has taught courses on publishing studies for the Department of Literature in Universidad de los Andes. He is author of Caja de piedras (short stories, 1999) and Las excusas del desterrado (poetry, 2006), and his essay ‘El future del sector editorial en América Latina’, co-authored by Richard Uribe, subdirector of CERLALC, was published in the Spanish magazine Texturas in 2009. Other works by him have been published in México, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, and Greece. His photographic curriculum includes the project Ojo al Senado. It pretends to shorten the gap between the Senators of the Republic of Colombia through the exhibition of photographic portraits of each of the Senators in public plazas of Bogotá and the World Wide Web.

Bob Stein has been engaged with electronic publishing full-time since 1980, when he spent a year researching and writing a paper forEncyclopedia Britannica — “EB and Intellectual Tools of the Future.” In 1984 he founded The Criterion Collection, a critically acclaimed series of definitive films, which included the first supplementary sections and director commentaries and introduced the letterbox format. He also founded the Voyager Company, which in 1989 published one of the first commercially viable CD-ROMs, The CD Companion to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. In 1992 Voyager published the first electronic books, including Douglas Adams’ Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park. In 2004 The Macarthur Foundation provided a generous grant with which Stein founded the Institute for the Future of the Book a small think & do tank aimed at exploring and influencing the evolution of new forms of intellectual expression. In 2005 the Institute published the first “networked books,” which were instrumental in the recognition of the important shift to social reading and writing as discourse moves from printed pages to networked screens. Currently Stein and his partners are building a comprehensive platform for social reading.

Christiaan A. Alberdingk Thijm is a partner at the boutique law firm SOLV. Based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, the firm specializes in technology, media and communications law. Christiaan is considered a copyright law expert, especially where it concerns the application of copyright in a digital environment. He frequently advises about e-books and has had the opportunity to speak about the subject on numerous occasions. Besides his work as an attorney he teaches copyright and information law at the University of Amsterdam. In June 2011 his debut novel The Trial of the Century (‘Het process van de eeuw’) will be published.

Saskia C.J. de Vries was born in Washington DC, went to school in London and Brussels and received a degree in Dutch Literature and Language at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. After a few years of teaching, she first became editor at HES Publishers, before joining Kluwer (now Wolters-Kluwer) for five years as a publisher of the Martinus Nijhoff list. In 1992 she was asked to start the Amsterdam University Press, the first serious university press in the Netherlands, where she is still managing director and senior editor. In 1999 she lived for half a year in Cambridge, Massachusetts. During that period, she did internships at Harvard University Press, Michigan University Press and New York University Press, where she discovered the immense importance of digital publishing for the academic world. Since then, she has been expanding Amsterdam University Press into a digital future. In 2005, she started up Leiden University Press, a new [digital] imprint for dissemination of academic research materials at Leiden. Since 2008, AUP is coordinator of the EU funded project, Open Access Publishing in European Networks ( She is a fellow of the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (Royal Dutch Society of Sciences), of the Maatschappij der Nederlandse Letteren (Society of Netherlandic Literature) and on the board of the National Museum of Natural History and EIFL.

Adriaan van der Weel is Bohn Professor of Modern Dutch Book History at Leiden University, and lecturer in Book and Digital Media Studies. He has also taught at Utrecht University and William and Mary College, Williamsburg. He is editor of Digital Humanities Quarterly (European articles); editor-in-chief of Logos: Journal of the World Book Community; and founder–editor, together with Ernst Thoutenhoofd and Ray Siemens, of the (Brill) Scholarly Communication book series.

Dirk van Weelden (1957) graduated in philosophy in 1983 Literary debut: Arbeidsvitaminen (1987, in collaboration with Martin Bril) Novels: Tegenwoordigheid van geest, Mobilhome, Oase, Orville, Looptijd, Het Middel. Published several collections of essays and stories. Writes on art, photography, literature, media, design, architecture,cinema for newspapers and magazines. Editor of De Gids ( magazine est. 1837), ex editor of Mediamatic Magazine. Runner, bike rider, contemplates the transdigital typewriter.

Leo Waaijers has a long-term commitment to (inter-)national Open Access developments, firstly as the University Librarian of Delft University of Technology (1988) and later in a corresponding post at Wageningen University & Research Centre (2001). He concluded his career as the manager of the SURF Platform ICT and Research where he managed the national DARE programme (2004-2008). After his retirement he advised about the Open Access infrastructure of the Irish universities (together with Maurice Vanderfeesten, NL) and in 2009 he evaluated the Swedish national Open Access programme “Open” (together with Hanne Marie Kvaerndrup. DK). In 2008 he has won the SPARC Europe Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications.

Simon Worthington
 is the co-founder, co-director and publisher of Mute Publishing Ltd. He studied art at the Slade School (London) and CalArts (Valencia, California). As co-director of the Mute organisation, he has been involved in a number of projects, including Mute – The Metamap, conceptualisation, research (HAL2001) and artwork [] including Mute – YouAreHere []. He co-founded the community mapping/wireless project, Mute – Xcom2002 event, London [], co-organised (in collaboration with NTK) Mute – Magnet [] and is a project member and collaborator of the worldwide electronic cultural magazine publishers’ network. He was also a contributor and co-organiser at the University of Openess (UO), London, and co-founder and member of the Faculty of Cartography.