As of September 2015 Franciska de Jong is full professor of e-Research for the Humanties and executive director of CLARIN ERIC, the governing body of CLARIN which has its statutory seat at Utrecht University. CLARIN (Common LAnguage Resources and Technology INfrastructure) has the objective is to provide scholars in the humanities and social sciences seamless access to digital language data and processing tools all across Europe.
Franciska de Jong studied Dutch language and literature at the University of Utrecht, did a PhD in theoretical linguistics and started to work on language technology in 1985 at Philips Research where she worked on machine translation. She has been a full professor of language technology at the University of Twente within the Human Media Interaction group since 1992. She is also affiliated to the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, where she is director of the Erasmus Studio.
Currently, her main research interest is in the field of access technology for digital libraries, text mining, cross-language retrieval, the disclosure of cultural heritage collections (in particular spoken audio archives), and e-research at large.
She is frequently involved in international programme committees, expert groups and review panels, and has initiated a number of EU-projects. From 2008 till 2016 she was a member of the Governing Board of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).