Mr. Jak Boumans

Country: 
The Netherlands
Position and Company: 
Principal Consulant | Electronic Media Reporting
Jak Boumans BA, MDiv. is principal consultant with Electronic Media Reporting in Utrecht (The Netherlands), which is specialised in content strategy. He worked previously for TNO Centre for Technology and Policy Studies and the publishers Wegener, VNU and Kluwer. He brought the first European daily newsletter for the computer industry online on behalf of VNU BPL in London in 1984. He was part of the team which produced the first commercial legal CD-ROM for Wolters Kluwer and other primers of Dutch CD-ROMs.

As consultant he is involved in strategy studies for government and institutes, is part of research teams in studying the market and organises wconferences and workshops.

Mr. Boumans has been an evaluator, reviewer and rapporteur with the EC. In 2002 he became a WP leader in the ACTeN project (accompanying measure). In 2003 he was involved in the X-Melina project, a cross-media project, and in 2004 in INYOP, a project for interactive movies; both projects are partly funded by the EC Media program.

He is General Secretary of the European Academy of Digital Media (EADiM), a network organisation of EUROPRIX jurors and nominees with 125 members in 28 European countries. EADiM has recently founded the Instructors’ Network, a network for multimedia instructors in Europe with 90 members in 20 countries.

He is author of several books and many articles for national and international trade magazines. Presently he is editor of the Content Market Monitor monthly newsletter (www.acten.net). He has been a jury member in several juries for multimedia competitions (EPPY Awards, EUROPRIX, Europrix Top Talent Awards, Gouden Z). He is a member of the World Summit Award board. He is also member of the Slovakian Academy of Communication.