Dr Matthijs den Besten

Matthijs den Besten is a James Martin Research Fellow for the e-Horizons Institute at the Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford. His interests include collaboration, virtual teams, and Open Source software.


Since March 2006, Matthijs (PhD: Darmstadt; MPhil: Oxford; MSc: Amsterdam) has been working as James Martin Research Fellow for the e-Horizons Institute at the Oxford e-Research Centre. Before that, Matthijs held positions at the University 'Pierre et Marie Curie' in Paris and the University of Surrey in Guildford where he has been researching social simulation and collaborative software development.

Matthijs' involvement with the Oxford Internet Institute dates back to the fall of 2002 when he was hired as research assistant to Paul David and Michael Spence.

Research interests

collaboration, virtual teams, Open Source software, e-research

Positions held at the OII

  • Research Associate, November 2006 - September 2009


Past projects

  • Performance of distributed problem-solving networks

    August 2007 - February 2008

    Addressing the uncertainties that surround the coordination and performance of 'Distributed Problem Solving Networks' (DPSN), as well as the areas in which these new Internet-based forms offer advantages over more familiar modes of problem-solving.

  • OeSS: The Oxford e-Social Science Project

    October 2005 - March 2012

    The Oxford e-Social Science project aims to understand how e-Research projects negotiate various social, ethical, legal and organizational forces and constraints, in order to help researchers avoid these problems when building scientific collaborations.




  • Schroeder, R., den Besten, M. and David, P. (2010) Open Science and e-Science. In: W.H.Dutton and P.Jeffreys (eds) World Wide Research: Reshaping the Sciences and Humanities. Cambridge: MIT Press, pp. 299-316.
  • Schroeder, R., Fry, J., den Besten, M. and Ackland, R. (2009) Probing Collaborative Activity among e-Science Projects in the UK. In: Anandarajan and Anandarajan (eds) E-Research Collaboration: Frameworks, Tools and Techniques.
  • den Besten, M., Dalle, J.-M. and Galia, F. (2006) Collaborative maintenance in large open-source projects. In: E.Damiani, B.Fitzgerald, W.Scacchi, M.Scotto and G.Succi (eds) Open Source Systems, vol. 203 of IFIP International Federation for Information Processing (Boston), pp. 233-244.

Conference papers


Working papers