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My Life in Summary

I was born in a small town called Letchworth, about 40 miles north of London in the UK, in May of 1968. I was a Decompression Baby.

I attended Hillshot, Lordship Farm and Willian schools before my family relocated to Sheffield in 1982, when I was 14 years old.

During my five years in Sheffield, I gained 10 O-Levels at High Storrs School and three A-Levels at Richmond College, which was sufficient to get me a place to read Physics & Philosophy at King's College, London (part of the University of London) between 1987 and 1990.

I continued to live in London during a recession after graduating, and worked in a series of not particularly fulfilling temporary positions until becoming self-employed in the field of desktop publishing in 1992.

In 1993 I enrolled for a postgraduate course in Communication in Computing at Middlesex University, and after eighteen months of study, which included a three-month placement in Southern Italy and a final project on the design of user interfaces for museum collections management systems, was awarded a Master of Arts in 1994.

I also obtained my first professional position in 1994, as Technical Outreach Manager for the Museum Documentation Association (now known simply as mda) in Cambridge. This new position, which I held until December 1995, entailed advising UK museums on the application of information technology for collections management and collections information access. I lived in three shared flats in the Mill Road area of Cambridge during this time.

I moved back to Putney in London for my next job, as ADAM Project Leader for the Surrey Institute of Art & Design in Farnham, where I was responsible for managing the development of ADAM, the Art, Design, Architecture & Media Information Gateway, an Access to Network Resources project that was a part of the UK's Electronic Libraries Programme for Higher Education.

I was also instrumental in the Surrey Institute winning the contract to host the Visual Arts Data Service on behalf of the Arts & Humanities Data Service, and was the initial project manager for the first 18 months of VADS.

I travelled regularly during these three years, most notably for the Dublin Core Metadata Workshop series. I was also enrolled as an MPhil/PhD student at Kingston University's School of Information Systems Design for a year or so. My research proposal was "Artful Questions: A proposal for an investigation into the information needs of researchers in the visual arts".

I left the Surrey Institute at the end of 1998, and after a 7 month wait for my H1B visa, moved to San Francisco and took up a post as Program Officer with RLG, where I had a special responsibility to work with the museum and art communities and to help to shape the development of RLG Cultural Materials.

During this time, I also became actively involved in the development of the CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model, and was a member of both the CIDOC CRM SIG and ISO TC46 SC4 WG9.

In September 2002, I left RLG and San Francisco and set off on the long drive across the United States to New York, to take up a position as Director of Metadata and Cataloguing for ARTstor at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation).

After leaving ARTstor in the summer of 2004, I travelled in South America for a while, and then became the founding Director of the Gruss Lipper Digital Laboratory at the Center for Jewish History.

I also joined the faculty at NYU's Graduate School of Arts & Sciences as an Adjunct Professor with the Dept. of Museum Studies, where I taught a course in "Interactive Technology in Museums".

In 2008, I left the Center for Jewish History and joined an advertising agency that later became known as Enfatico as Global Director of Library Science & Information Management -- a post that I continue to hold as of today.

In 2010, my partner Lori Ann and I became the parents of an adorable little girl who we decided to call Vivienne. We now live in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, NY.

Places I've Lived

  • Pixmore Avenue, Letchworth, Herts, UK
  • Willian Way, Letchworth, Herts, UK
  • Melverley, Pixmore Avenue, Letchworth, Herts, UK
  • Riverdale Road, Sheffield S10, UK
  • Neill Road, Sheffield S10, UK
  • Hunter House Road, Sheffield S10, UK
  • Woodstock Road, Sheffield S7, UK
  • Marten Road, London E17, UK
  • Tabley Road, London N7, UK
  • Camden Street, London NW1, UK
  • Islip Street, London NW5, UK
  • Studland Street, London W6, UK
  • Stadium Street, London SW10, UK
  • Kings Road, Richmond, Surrey, UK
  • Palmerston Road, London N22, UK
  • Elms Avenue, London N11, UK
  • Southgate Road, London N1, UK
  • Greville Road, Cambridge CB1, UK
  • Hooper Street, Cambridge, CB1, UK
  • Mawson Road, Cambridge CB1, UK
  • Schubert Road, Putney London SW15, UK
  • 20th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
  • Capp Street, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
  • MacDougal Street, New York, NY 10012, USA
  • Union Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231, USA
  • Slocum Place, Brooklyn, NY 11218, USA

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