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Network structure

When she presented the National Strategy in 2015, Marjan Hammersma (secretary-general at the Ministry of OCW) said: “With this strategy we are laying the foundation for a really digital heritage sector.” This implies that the Digital Heritage Network must be more than a programme organisation and really function as a network. With this in mind, we have set up the control model.

In addition to the five so-called sectoral focal points (National Library, Cultural Heritage Agency, Sound and Vision, KNAW Humanities Cluster, National Archives) and the Ministry of OCW, the various consultative bodies also represent as many thematic or regional partnerships and other institutions as possible in order to represent the full width of the network.

Network coordination and control take place in different bodies: the board, the programme council, the domain groups and the team. In addition, the so-called network meeting coordinates with the Ministry of OCW.

Digital Heritage Network team

The Digital Heritage Network team is responsible for the joint activities and knowledge development in the domains of Visible, Usable and Sustainable Digital Heritage. It coordinates the underlying work programmes, ensures communication about the network and disseminates knowledge and services throughout the heritage sector.

The Digital Heritage Network team: from left to right Chris Groeneveld, Enno Meijers, Lois Muller, Carolien van Zuilekom, Wilbert Helmus, Marcel Ras.

If you have questions about the Digital Heritage Network or want to participate in one of its activities, please contact Chris, Enno, Lois, Carolien, Wilbert or Marcel.


The Board is composed of the directors of the five sectoral focal points. The presidency rotates annually among the five directors. In their executive work, the Board members focus on strengthening the connection between the structural activities of the sectoral focal points and the management of the joint activities that contribute to the objectives. They thus act as principals. The relevant focal points commit to coordinate their activities.

  • Lily Knibbeler (National Library, chair)
  • Arjan de Zeeuw (Cultural Heritage Agency)
  • Eppo van Nispen tot Sevenaer (Sound and Vision)
  • Henk Wals (KNAW Humanities Cluster)
  • Marens Engelhard (National Archives)
Members of the Digital Heritage Network Board

Members of the Digital Heritage Network Board: from left to right Henk Wals, Marens Engelhard, Lily Knibbeler, Arjan de Zeeuw, Eppo van Nispen tot Sevenaer.

Programme Council

The Programme Council offers the opportunity to discuss policy-related topics with partners from the network and advises on further development of the Digital Heritage Network.

Its composition is as follows:

  • Afelonne Doek (KNAW Humanities Cluster)
  • Bart Boskaljon (Cultural Heritage Agency)
  • Bert de Vries (BRAIN/KVAN / Amsterdam Municipal Archives)
  • Elsbeth Kwant (National Library)
  • Gert-Jan Willighagen (Ministry of OCW)
  • Hans Groeneweg (Network of War Sources / Frisian Museum)
  • Julia Romijn-Wixley (National Archives)
  • Maaike Verberk (DEN Foundation)
  • Marc Wingens (Heritage Cooperative Gelderland / OPEN)
  • Nienke van Schaverbeke (Europeana)
  • Sandra den Hamer (CCDD / EYE Film Museum)
  • Tom De Smet (Sound and Vision)
  • Walter Swagemakers (Museum Association, SIMIN section / EYE Film Museum)

Domain groups

The activities of the Network (including the three work programmes) are classified according to the three domains of the National Strategy: Visible Digital Heritage, Usable Digital Heritage and Sustainable Digital Heritage. Each domain has a domain group in which at least all focal points are represented at the MT level. The domain groups meet every six weeks.

Domain group Visible Digital Heritage

  • Ina Dijkman (National Archives, chair)
  • Cecile van der Tweel (Cultural Heritage Agency)
  • Gert Hindriks (Landscape Heritage Utrecht)
  • Hildelies Balk-Pennington (National Library)
  • Jos Taekema (Frisian Museum)
  • Rosa van Santen (Sound and Vision)
  • Sebastiaan Derks (KNAW Humanities Cluster)

Domain group Usable Digital Heritage

  • Johan Oomen (Sound and Vision, chair)
  • Afelonne Doek (KNAW Humanities Cluster)
  • Annette Gaalman (Heritage Brabant)
  • Bart Boskaljon (Cultural Heritage Agency)
  • Enno Meijers (National Library)
  • Jacqueline Slats (National Archives)
  • Marc van den Bergh (National Library)
  •  Puck Huitsing (Network of War Sources)

Domain group Sustainable Digital Heritage

  • Josefien Schuurman (Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid, voorzitter)
  • Henk Alkemade (Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed)
  • Jeffrey van der Hoeven (Koninklijke Bibliotheek)
  • Robert Gillesse (KNAW Humanities Cluster)
  • Mirjam Pragt (Museumfederatie Fryslân)
  • Marc Schuil (Historisch Centrum Overijssel)
  • Ingeborg Verheul (Landelijk Coördinatiepunt Research Data Management SurfSara)
  • Wim Westland (Nationaal Archief)

Communication sounding board

The Communication sounding board advises on network communication. Participants work for various sectoral, provincial and thematic focal points. They have a switching function towards their own organisations and their supporters. The sounding board is coordinated by the communication consultant of the Digital Heritage Network.

  • Marjet van Rietschoten | DEN Knowledge Institute for Culture and Digitalisation
  • Lode Kulik | National Library
  • Tessa Free | Network of War Sources
  • Amber Leguit | Museum Association
  • Machteld Maris | KNAW Humanities Cluster
  • Bianca Witmer | National Archives
  • Hannah van der Poel | Sound and Vision
  • Hans Schraven | Cultural Heritage Agency
  • Sandra Welters | Home of the Arts Limburg

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