Activities supported by the Vietsch Foundation

Funded projects


Promoting research and development of advanced Internet technology for scientific research and higher education


The Vietsch Foundation will award a Medal of Honour on an annual basis.

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The Vietsch Foundation was created by Willem Karel Vietsch (1952-2014) through his last will and testament. The foundation was established on the day of his death, the 23th of February 2014.

Karel was very involved in the Internet community. He spent a large part of his life working in the area of research and education networking, which he help developing with his energy, creativity and thorough methodical approach. Sadly, his early death, put a stop to Karel's mission to support people and new developments, therefore he created the Vietsch Foundation, with the official objective of promoting "research into and development of advanced technology for scientific research and higher education”, in the widest sense.

Contact information

Postal Address: c/o Broekweg 125, 3131HD Vlaardingen, The Netherlands

Tax Identification Number (RSIN): 853821690

Chamber of Commerce Number (KvK-nummer): 60235861

Latest News Releases

31 October 2022 Open Source Software has seen mass adoption in the last decade to potentially form the majority of software today. It is realised through legal instruments, private law agreements, licences, governance, and community norms all of which lead to the sharing of Intellectual Property and economic and commercial disruption in technology. Whilst the adoption of Open Source has happened at scale the necessary user understanding of its curation on both a technical and governance level has not kept … read more

Funded in 2022 – The Vietsch Foundation announces a new grant to fund the MARLIN project, to support “Reliable user identification to grant access to local resources as well as secure remote access to scientific content”. The project was relayed to the Vietsch Foundation by GÉANT through its Innovation Programme. Universities, research institutes and schools offer researchers and students a variety of local resources (class rooms, multimedia rooms, meeting rooms, libraries, etc.), specific equipment, and services, such print and scan.  … read more