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About me in 10 seconds: I have a PhD in bacterial genetics from Cambridge University, England, and I'm a Webmaster Trends Analyst at Google. More here.
Me around the web:
In addition to the regular Webmaster Office Hours I do with my colleagues (some of my hangouts were recorded), here is an incomplete and irregularly-updated list of events you might have heard me, or am scheduled to, speak at:
RIMC 2013. Reykjavik, March 2013. Spoke about common mistake when building smartphone-optimized (and mobile in general) sites.
Search London's January 2013 meetup talked about Google's recommendations for building smartphone-optimized sites.
International Search Summit London, November 2012. Had a "fireside chat" Q&A style session about international webmaster issues.
SMX London, May 2012: Spoke about how to do rich snippets and authorship markup right.
Think Visibility, March 2012: Talked about Google's discovery, crawling, indexing and serving pipeline.
a4uexpo London, October 2011: I ran an Open Q&A for webmasters with my colleague at Google Kaspar Szymanksi.
Media Trust Think Mobile event, March 2011: Talked about how to build mobile-friendly websites.
A full (I hope) listing for quick access is here.
Locate, Collate and Aggregate session, JISC CETIS Conference 2010: Talked about my experience in building an open educational resources (OER) repository with content from multiple sources.
Mozilla Drumbeat Learning, Freedom and the Web Festival November 2010, Barcelona: I helped run the Open Content Studio at the Drumbeat Festival in November 2010. Topics discussed included the future of open educational resources (OER), how to improve the discoverability of OER, particularly OCW, and helping write a Creative Commons-licensed textbook on web development. The Open Content Studio was a collaboration between Flat World Knowledge, the OpenCourseWare Consortium, Connexions, and me as OCW Search.
MongoUK, June 2010: I spoke at the MongoUK conference on 18 June 2010 in London about my experience building a full text search engine for MongoDB using Sphinx. My slides are on Scribd: MongoDB Full Text Search With Sphinx.
SES London 2010: I spoke at the Automating Twitter session at Search Engine Strategies 2010 in London. My talk was about analytics for social media marketing. Whenever you launch a marketing campaign, you need to measure it in detail to understand its performance. The presentation covered some of the important actionable metrics you need to track, with code examples of how to track them. Other key topics covered were filtering, automation, and reporting, all of which feed into experimentation to find the most effective marketing messages.
My current sites:
blogsci.com: a science blog that was hold-over from my PhD days. Sadly had to shut it down.
OCW Search: a search engine of the full course contents of OpenCourseWare materials from the top universities around the world.
Cligs: I built and marketed from scratch a URL shortener aimed at professional internet marketers. It did real time analytics, geotargeting, and social media monitoring. I sold it in late 2009 to Mister Wong.
Font Fox: I used to be a typography junkie, and Font Fox was a place I collected my favorite free fonts. It was the first site I ever sold.