I started working life as an exploration geologist in Australia and Canada in 1970. In 1972 I spent 6 years in research and teaching analytical geology at the Australian National University. From 1979 to 1995 my research moved to quantitative ecology at CSIRO with the last three years in project management. From 1995 to 2005, I established and managed one of the world’s first multidisciplinary science data centres at the Australian Antarctic Division. During this time I developed national and international policies and methods for information management and state of the environment reporting. For the past 10 years, my company (Blatant Fabrications Pty Ltd) has managed national and internal projects related to sharing scientific information. For example, I developed the research interface to the Atlas of Living Australia and continue to provide advice. I have published 100+ papers on geology, ecology, information management and policy.