After doing a degree in Natural Sciences (mostly biological) at Cambridge University I decided that I was interested in dealing with and making available the information generated by scientific research, so after spending a year working in the library at the University of York I went on to do an MSc in Information Management at Sheffield University. My dissertation was about biological information on the Internet – by today's standards, back in 1995 there wasn't a great deal, as the Internet had only recently emerged into public consciousness after many years as the domain of a few computer enthusiasts. My next job involved cataloguing spare film in a Portakabin in the car park at the BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol, and from there I moved to CABI. Initially I spent most of my time abstracting and indexing parasitology records, but the job has evolved over the years, including some time helping with managing the CAB Thesaurus of indexing terms, and these days I look after the parts of the database covering parasitology, medical entomology and mycology, and (an interesting addition a few years ago to my previous knowledge) the sugar industry. I am editor of the printed abstract journals 'Review of Medical and Veterinary Mycology' and 'Sugar Industry Abstracts'.