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Jeannine Beeken

CESSDA Thesaurus Co-ordination Officer

Email:jeannine.beeken  add @essex.ac.uk
Tel:+44(0)1206 874045
Address:UK Data Archive
University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park
Job description

Jeannine works within the Access section and will initiate, lead and manage multilingual-related activities required to maintain, quality assure and extend the European Language Social Science Thesaurus (ELSST), including the content management, stakeholder relations and IP review groups.

Research interests

Before joining the UK Data Archive, Jeannine worked as an academic consultant for the Croatian Ministry of Science, Culture and Sports, preparing the organisational, managerial and scientific reform of the Croatian Humanities Research Institutes. From 2007 to 2014 she was the managing and scientific director of the Dutch/Flemish Institute for Dutch Lexicology in Leiden and Antwerp.

She completed her Ph.D. in 1991 at the University of Leuven on prepositions and postpositions in Dutch within the theoretical framework of Generalised Phrase Structure Grammar (GPSG/HG). In 1993 she was awarded the Prize for fundamental research by the Royal Academy of Dutch Linguistics and Literature, Gent, and received a 4-year grant for excellent fundamental research awarded by the Research Foundation Flanders. Her research concerned the lexical thesaurus as starting and finishing point of the interaction between lexicological theory and lexicographic application.

When working at the Dutch Language Union and the Institute for Dutch Lexicology (1997-2007), she co-authored and coordinated the official Dutch spelling reform, established the Human Language Technology Agency, created the Thesaurus of the Dutch Journal of Medicine and project managed several EU research projects.

Research awards

In collaboration


  • EU tranScriptorium Handwritten Text Recognition (2013-2015)
  • EU Succeed The Support Action Centre of Competence in Digitisation (2013-2014)
  • NWO Language Portal Dutch-Frisian (2011-2015)
  • NWO Laboratory for research on the patterns of change in the Dutch language and culture (2012-2016)
  • EU IMPACT Improving Access to Text (2007-2012)
  • CLARIN NL Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure (2007-2014)
  • CLARIN EU Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure (2007-2011)
Committee membership
  • Editorial board member of the journal Messenger of the Kyiv Linguistics University, Ukraine, 2014-
  • Founding member of the IMPACT Centre of Competence, Madrid, 2012-14
  • Board member of Digital Library of Dutch Literature, 2010-13; National Advisory Panel of the NWO project CLARIN-NL - Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure, 2009-15; General Assemblée of the EU project IMPACT - Improving Access to Text, 2008-11; Netherlands Organisation for Language and Speech Technology, 2003-07
  • Member of STEVIN (Dutch digital language resources) program commission, 2003-07; STEVIN Intellectual Property Rights working group, 2003-07; Spoken Dutch Corpus (CGN), 2003-07; Advisory commission for bilingual dictionaries and terminological databases, 2003-07; Leuven University Arts Faculty Council,1990-96; Leuven University Linguistics Department Council, 1990-94; advisory commissions to the Belgian/Flemish Ministries of Education, 1990-96

Beeken, J. (2012) Presentations at the European workshop Future Standards in Academic Lexicography, Berlin, 25-27 March, 2012.

Beeken, J. (2009) Quo Vadis Lexicography at the Institute for Dutch Lexicology, 6th Working Meeting of German Language Academy Dictionaries: Quo Vadis Lexicography? The Future of German Language Lexicography in the European Context, Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Berlin.

Beeken, J. (2007) De succesvolle ontsluiting van een medisch tijdschrift via een medisch lexicon (The successful disclosure of a medical journal through a medical lexicon), in: F. MOERDIJK et al. (ed.), Leven met woorden. Afscheidsbundel voor Professor Piet van Sterkenburg, (Living with words. Valedictory anthology for Prof. Piet van Sterkenburg) pp.129-139.

Het Groene Boekje. Woordenlijst Nederlandse Taal (The Green Booklet. Official Spelling guide/list of the Dutch Language) (2005), SDU and Lannoo.

Beeken, J. and Van Langendonck, W. (1995) Vervrouwelijking van beroepsnamen (Feminisation of job titles), Ons Erfdeel, 62, 6, pp.16-25.

Beeken, J. (1991/3) Spiegelstructuur en variabiliteit. Pre- en postposities in het Nederlands (Mirror structure and variability: prepositions and postpositions in Dutch), Peeters, Leuven.

Beeken, J., Geerts, G. and Van Belle, W. (1992) The CONST project, in: P. O'BRIAN HOLT & N. WILLIAMS (eds.), Computers and Writing: State of the Art, Intellect & Kluwer, pp.337-354.