Boris Doesborg

Freelance Drupal developer in Utrecht


I'm Boris Doesborg (Venlo (NL), 1971) and I work as developer, analyst and technical writer specialised in Drupal websites.
(That is me on the right)

Currently I am working via I.R.I.S. Solutions & Experts as a freelance Drupal developer for the European Commission, DG Connect in Brussels.

I have a masters degree in Business Communication (Universiteit Utrecht, Netherlands) and started working in the late nineties writing on line help systems and internet pages.

A years long search for a decent content management system to support such publications led me to Drupal (4.something). Over the last years I worked as webmaster, developer, technical writer and project manager in various Drupal projects in companies and organisations in Spain and Belgium.

I've been involved in the Drupal community as documentation writer, event organizer and volunteer. Currently I am member of the Drupal documentation working groups) and I write and maintain the Drupal 8 user guide.

I contribute to Drupal by organizing events, writing documentation, translating and helping out other users in forums, issue queues and Stack exchange.


Professional experience

2014 - now: Drupal Developer European Commission, DG Connect, Brussels.

  • Development, configuration, analysis Drupal websites.

2012 - 2014: Developer, Analyst Tilt Factory, Brussels.

  • Development Drupal websites.
  • Analysis & develop wireframes.

2011 - 2012: Developer, Analyst So Nice, Brussels.

  • Development Drupal websites.
  • Analysis, write specifications & develop wireframes.

2010 - 2011: Developer, Project manager, Analyst, Connexion, Brussels.

  • Project management Drupal websites.
  • Development Drupal websites.
  • Analysis, write specifications & develop wireframes.
  • Training & writing user manuals.
  • Lead development team.

2008 - 2010: Web master, Erasmushogeschool Brussel (EhB), Brussels.

  • Manage the university college's websites & maintain the CMS.
  • Write copy.
  • Support and train staff in maintaining their websites.
  • Manage web server.
  • Develop and maintain website templates & custom modules.
  • Develop EhB's communication policy.

2004 - 2007: Communication specialist, Artificial Solutions, Barcelona.

  • Project management.
  • Developing and maintaining virtual assistants with speech recognition and text-to-speech functionality.
  • Designing, developing and maintaining the company's intranet and the issue tracking system.
  • Training staff in web server management and using XML.
  • Managing web server and developing maintenance scripts.

2004: Freelance Information designer, Barcelona.

2000 - 2004: User interface specialist, Competitiveness net solutions, Cerdanyola del Vallès.

  • Analysing, developing and designing web based applications (product catalog, intranet, survey and on line marketplace).
  • Building HTML prototypes.
  • Designing, develop and maintain the corporate web site, the intranet and micro sites.
  • Training staff in using and maintaining web sites and intranet.

1998 - 2000: Communication specialist, Dutch Customs, Apeldoorn.

  • Advising and training staff on written communication.
  • Designing, developing and managing the corporate intranet.
  • Seting up the communication department.
  • Writing user manuals, on-line help, brochures, newsletters and web publications.

1997: Communication specialist, Pecoma Collage b.v., Amsterdam.

  • Developing courses & on-line help systems.


Skills & competencies

  • Drupal development, analysis and configuration.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Dutch. Good verbal communication skills in Spanish and German. Sluggish French.
  • Copy writing and editing.
  • Translation of client business rules and practices into functional requirements for information projects.
  • Intermediate between technical and non-technical staff.
  • Analysis using wireframes, HTML-prototypes, specifications and use case diagrams.
  • Experience with usability tests, user interviews and observations, surveys and focus groups.
  • Using web standards.

Other activities

Elsewhere on the web

Example web sites

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