A freelance project manager specialising in electronic publishing projects.
Since 2002, I have been a freelance project manager specialising in electronic publishing projects. Based in Oxfordshire, UK, I have been working with a range of UK publishers including Professional Engineering Publishing, Harcourt Education, the Consumers Association, and Oxford University Press. You can find a list of my recent projects here. In 2007 I set up a Limited Company Chris Baker Project Management Limited to carry out this work.
Before 2002, I worked at Oxford University Press for six years in the Electronic Publishing Department and its successors, eventually becoming the Web and Electronic Development Manager.
Further back in time still, I worked for CONNECT Pharma Ltd. (a consultancy) and for Current Biology Ltd. where I was an editor on the staff of Structure, a monthly academic journal for biologists.
Before that, I was a postdoctoral researcher working with Prof Chris Leaver at Oxford University, having moved there from my PhD in molecular biology with Prof Alan Coleman at Birmingham University. That in turn followed from an undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences from Girton College, Cambridge University.
That in turn takes us back to my schooling in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire.
My work involves lots of projects to build websites and CD-ROMs, and so I have become interested in how to make things that customers can use easily and with satisfaction ("usability" in its widest sense, hence the title of the blog). This means having at least a working understanding of several things, including usability, web design, interaction design, search engine optimisation, web site testing, information architecture, email marketing and so on. Then there is the stuff that is or should be invisible to the customer - the workflows and systems that allow a publisher to create something fit for purpose. So I write about many things that are different specialties in their own right, and certainly don't claim to be the Ultimate Expert of any of them. Instead, I am publishing here the things I learn as I go along, in the hope that it is useful to others as well as a handy format for me. Occasionally I also write about Project Management.
project management, professional interests: electronic publishing, usability, information architecture, accessibility, content management, web metrics, amateur pianist, chess player, back office systems. other interests: treasurer of oxford oxfam group