Wim has a master's degree in Chemical Engineering, and many years experience in techno-economic feasibility studies, management consulting, systems engineering and systems architecture. Recent work (5-6 years) has focused on systems architecture and development in support of scientific data management and preservation. Research interests include Knowledge Networks and Certification of Trusted Digital Repositories. Member of the ICSU-World Data System Scientific Committee, and co-chair of the GEO-BON WG8 (Systems and Architecture), and of the newly constituted collaboration between RDA and WDS on repositories. Active in CoDATA, GEO, and GEOSS.