Hello, my name is Remco van Veenendaal. As Veenentaal I am involved in language, applications and pastime. Veenentaal converts the results of scientific research into practically usable, low-threshold applications or (serious) games.
Knowledge and experience
Over the past twenty years, I have built up knowledge and experience as a software engineer, language technologist, lecturer, project leader, advisor and board member. I worked in business, education, research and government:
- Business: Medical Development Technology in Oisterwijk, Polderland Language & Speech Technology in Nijmegen and (as board member at) the Netherlands Organisation for Language and Speech Technology (NOTaS) in Nijmegen
- Education: University of Groningen and (the Technology Innovation Centre of) Birmingham City University (U.K.)
- Research: Dutch Lexicology Institute (INL) in Leiden, now Dutch Language Institute
- Government: Dutch Language Union and the National Archives in The Hague
At INL and NTU, I was project leader of the Flemish-Dutch Human Language Technology Agency (HLT Agency or TST-Centrale), a repository for digital Dutch language resources.
Since March 2015, I have been working on digital preservation of digital information for the National Archives in The Hague. I started as a preservation advisor and am now preservation officer. I also became a board member of the Open Preservation Foundation and am involved in projects of the Dutch Digital Heritage Network.
As mentioned, Veenentaal develops language applications. The Veenentaal hobby project is a way of keeping up to date with developments in the field of language and speech technology. Where possible, Veenentaal uses existing open source applications to demonstrate what is available and possible.
An example is redekundig.nl, an application for parsing Dutch sentences and describing the grammatical functions and categories of the constituents and words of the sentence. Redekundig.nl was mentioned in newspapers in 2021: by the Leeuwarder Courant on 11 January 2021 and nine days later by the Volkskrant.
In addition to creating applications such as redekundig.nl, I have started to develop board games. The first, Preservia, is a serious game about digital preservation, see www.preservia.nl. More recently, I published my second game: Strafworp! (Penalty!), a free board game that resembles the sport korfball. Get Strafworp! at www.strafworp.nl.