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Eric Akkerman


  • De Boelelaan 1105, Main building

    1081HV Amsterdam

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I am a lecturer in various digital humanities subjects. I also work for the faculty's ICT Support Unit, which offers support to staff and students who want to incorporate digital humanities techniques in their research and to staff who want to integrate educational use of various ICT tools in their teaching.

Special subject areas:
text corpora for linguistic research; data storage and retrieval using databases and XML; computer-assisted text analysis; designing applications for computer assisted language learning (CALL).

I have written practical tutorials (in Dutch) for AntConc (text analysis), WordSmith (text analysis), Corex (exploration of the Corpus Gesproken Nederlands), XML (document design - dtd - document instance), database design, data analysis with Microsoft Access, Xerte Online Toolkits (development of e-learning modules), Question Mark Designer (e-learning) and Unix for the preparation, exploration and analysis of text corpora.

I developed and co-developed a number of websites that support teaching and research:

Brief biography:
I graduated in (modern) English linguistics, after which I was a teacher of English at a secondary school for one year. Then I followed a number of courses in humanities computing, which lead to positions as research assistant at the English Department of the Univeristy of Amsterdam (o.a. for the project 'ASCOT', which was concerned with the development of a computerized lexicon based on the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English). Since 1986 I have worked for the Faculty of Humanities at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.


I teach courses on a number of subjects in the field of digital humanities:

  • the use of text corpora in linguistic research (corpus methodology);
  • academic resourcing skills;
  • design of computer-assisted language learning applications;
  • basics of databases and XML.

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