Roeland Ordelman coordinates the R&D development team (O-team), the Sound & Vision LABS, and the development of the CLARIAH Media Suite. As an expert in innovation in audiovisual archiving and accessibility, he advises the organization on long-term technical development. On behalf of Sound & Vision, Roeland has been CTO of the long-term CLARIAH program since April 2021, which is developing a national, digital research infrastructure for the humanities and social sciences. Closely related to his work at Sound & Vision, Roeland coordinates research at the University of Twente on innovative forms of interaction with large-scale archive data, in particular for specific user groups, for example using robots that help children to find information in the archive.
After his master's degree in Phonetics at Utrecht University, Roeland obtained his doctorate at the University of Twente in 2003 on searching audiovisual archives such as Sound & Vision using automatic speech recognition. After working intensively together as a post-doc for a few years, he made the switch to Sound & Vision in 2007 during Images for the Future. He has since initiated and directed many research and innovation projects on topics such as automatic metadata using techniques such as speech and image recognition, advanced search and linking of multimedia collections, internet archiving, user research and testing and benchmarking of new technologies for use in archival context.