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Currently, I am heavily involved in text analytics, but I have a background in many aspects of structured digital content, from dictionaries and encyclopedias to content management systems. I work with publishers to provide strategic guidance and implementation for digital projects, including content enrichment, information architecture, information-based websites and content repositories. I have been a consultant since 2002 following some twenty years working across a wide range of publishing sectors, including academic (Cambridge University Press), educational (Pearson), trade (Dorling Kindersley, Random House), reference (Helicon Publishing, where I managed the team that created digital editions of several versions of The Hutchinson Encyclopedia), and professional (the IET, CABI, Building Research Establishment, The Stationery Office (TSO).  But the truth is that there is a bit of overlap between all these. Other clients comprise a wide range of information providers, including newsletter publishers (Electric Word) and magazine publishers (KHL, OPI). My perspective has been widened by also working with software companies producing content management software (CSW Group, Abacus E-Media). I have written an introductory book about content licensing (Content Licensing, 2009). I have an occasional blog about aspects of reference publishing I find interesting at With Reference.

I am a Member of the British Computer Society (MBCS) and a former Member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (MCLIP). For five years I was a committee member of the UK Electronic Information Group (UKeiG) and I edited their journal Elucidate; the spelling has improved since I left, but they seem to have forgiven me - I'm still writing a regular column for them (Digital Faculty).