Dutch born Henk van Ess is obsessed by finding news in data.  European media houses, like Axel Springer, Persgroep, European Broadcasting Union and Schibsted love his literal and lateral thinking and hire Henk on a regular basis to spill his secrets. He rarely appears in public conferences, so this is your chance to find out the best tricks in internet research.

Dutch-born Henk van Ess (NL +31 337508747 ) is, according to The Economist, New York Times and CNBC, “a technology expert” specialised in new media. He is deeply involved in the worldwide training of information specialists and multimedia & web editors. Van Ess is co-founder of the European Centre for Computer Assisted Research and is a regular speaker on social media & ‘digital diggingʼ at international conferences. His latest books are “Handboek Datajournalism” (Boom, 2012) and Google Code (Pearson, 2011 – Dutch, German and French edition).
Van Ess is one of the founders of “Inside Search” – a magazine about search and works for “VVOJ Medialab”, “how to’s” about new media. He chairs the VVOJ (Dutch–Flemish organisation for investigative journalists). In 2013, he is a guest teacher at universities in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, The Netherlands and Belgium and does in company training for De Persgroep (NL/B), Axel Springer Akademie (D) and VG (N). For PBS and IJIC (Center for Public Integrity) he writes about internet research, see http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2013/03/fact-checking-social-media-the-case-of-the-pope-and-the-dictator087

Henk has a long track record of implementing internet projects for boards, management and employees. He has trained over 7000 professionals in the practical and critical use of the web, multimedia, social media, cross media and internet research. He has run workshops for the media in Europe, the US and Canada (e.g. Spiegel, Die Zeit, AD, ABC, ARD, CBC, FD, HDC, NOS, NDP, NRC, NVB, Persgroep, RNW, Zembla, VRT, NCRV, KRO, AVRO, Stern, FD, VN, Volkskrant, ZDF) and does in company training and events for companies.

Van Ess is member of several think tanks for new internet concepts like video search, crowd sourcing and designing for tablets. As a hobby, he publishes websites about internet research. One of them was quoted on the official Google Blog under ʻWhat Weʼre Readingʼ.

Henk’s knowledge on Google and the deep web is endless. He is one of the few real experts in the world

Christophe Hessels