Eric Ketelaar is General Counsel to the National Archivist of the Netherlands. From 1997 to 2009 he was Professor of Archivistics in the Department of Media Studies of the University of Amsterdam. As a honorary fellow of his former department he continues his research which is concerned mainly with the social and cultural contexts of records formation.
From 1992 to 2002 he held the chair of archivistics in the Department of History of the University of Leiden. He was in 2000/2001 Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan (School of Information), and from 2003 to 2008 Honorary Professor at Monash University, Melbourne where he continues to be involved as an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Information Technology. He was National Archivist of The Netherlands from 1989 to 1997. He served the Royal Society of Dutch Archivists as Vice President, and President, and was Chairman of its Steering Committee on Automation. For twenty years he served the International Council on Archives in different capacities, and in 2000 was elected Honorary President. He has been a member of the European Commission on Preservation and Access 1994 to 2000. He was founding president of the Records Management Convention 2002 to 2009.
He was a member of the Program Committee of the first DLM-Forum (1996). At the DLM-Forum 2002 he delivered the closing speech “The Archive as a Time Machine. The ICT industry and public-sector partnership: to promote the preservation and accessibility of the European archival heritage”. This title may serve as an indication of Eric’s ambition. He believes strongly in national and international cooperation between industry and the public sector. He sees technology as an important factor for the preservation and accessibility of the (digital) archival heritage, but equally important are the social and organisational challenges.