What I’m doing now

This page is inspired by Derek Sivers’ now page suggestion and his Now Now Now movement. The purpose of this page is to share my current focus. If you have your own site, you should make one, too.

Life at the Oxford University Press

I’m now fully responsible for two products—Oxford Dictionaries API, and a platform we’re currently prototyping—and the Licensing Data team daily operations.

There’s a lot of good stuff you can do with our API—from AI, machine learning, NLP (natural language processing) and other next-generation speech and text technologies, to word games and learning applications. Our work has a significant impact on your user experience when you use products from Google, Apple, Amazon, so yeah, great powers, great responsibilities and all that jazz.

Conference life

On 24-25 June I’ll be at The Sound of Intelligence, 8th Language Technology industry summit, in Brussels. It’s the first conference I’m going to attend as an Oxford University Press team member, and I can’t wait. I’m looking forward to hearing all the latest about speech interaction, deep meaning processing and multilingual communication & cognition.

The president of Dictionaries at OUP, Casper Grathwohl, is going to speak on how the Oxford University Press has evolved from a world-class dictionary publisher to a language data supplier specialising in low-resource language corpus development, sense-linked lexical content, and topologies/ontologies.

P4P | Product for Publishing

Currently working on the second issue!

ICYMI, P4P is a newsletter for product people in the publishing industry. As the product manager role has been recognised as the new must-have for the publishing industry—and I am a product manager in a big publisher, after all—I thought it was time for us to have our own space to share news and resources for our niche.

Subscribe now and you’ll get the first issue to your inbox straightaway.

Personal stuff

  • Frosty is obviously at the centre of my non-work related attention, with all the daddy-to-be things systematically placed in a dedicated Trello board, sprint by sprint across the trimesters. #agilepregnancy rules.
  • Currently doing some rehab for a non serious (but rather scary!) knee injury. I’ll likely going back to jiu jitsu at some point in the next couple of weeks.
  • I’m trying to learn Portuguese.
  • Franz Drinks… I think I’m going to do some housekeeping soon, and perhaps adding some long overdue features.
  • Bass guitars are on a bit of a break, but I’m planning on changing that soon.

What I’m currently enjoying

  • Lots of articles, reports, white papers, books, mainly on product management, linguistics, and parenting. Essentially skilling up for the big news this 2019 is bringing—new job and Frosty.
  • Catching up with It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia on Netflix. Started watching it right after Josh and I Think You Should Leave. Been loving Netflix’s comedy catalogue lately.
  • Walking along the Thames river and taking pics like this.

Last updated: 22 June 2019.