Hugh Paterson III

Hugh Paterson III

Director of Market Research

Royal Protocol

Collaborative Scholar

University of Oregon


I am a high-level thinking, strategy and implementation focused individual. I have experience in business planning, work-flow development, product design, services design, project management, business analytics, and the planning of organizational structures. I have worked in the retail, education and training, and nonprofit sectors. I have also worked with archives and libraries.

Many of my projects have revolved around the use-of or development-of information based products, necessitating skills in data management and life-cycle process design and life-cycle management. I have worked as team lead and on distributed teams. I seek out collaborations with subject-matter experts to create collaborative creative works with broad impacts. To add spice to the mixture, I often seek out technical collaborations in minority language or script contexts or collaborations where contract law and legal frameworks require thoughtful consideration.


  • Language documentation
  • Linguistic cartography
  • Descriptive phonetics
  • Orthography usage
  • Tone in orthographies
  • Accessibility & usability of research data
  • Interaction design
  • Minority language text input
  • Data platform development


  • M.A. in Nonprofit Managment, 2024

    University of Oregon

  • M.A. in Linguistics, 2021

    University of North Dakota

  • B.A. in German, 2007

    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville


Posters & Publications

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Conference talks & Special lectures

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Corporate & Personal projects

Language Documentation Collections: Assessment and Recognition

We edited a special collection at the Journal of Open Humanities Data which addressed the issue of Language Documentation Collections: Assessment and Recognition.

Kainji Bibliography

An essential resource for anyone doing research in Kainji langauge speaking areas.

u̱t‑Maꞌin oral histories and narratives

A project collecting Narratives and wordlists from the various lects of the u̱t‑Maꞌin language.

Chepang annotated bibliography

Taking an interdiciplanary look at science and language.

RefLex User Interaction Design

Strategy, technology, and user interaction consultation about RefLex.

Automatic Speech Recognition

Working with several collaborators on Automatic Speech Recognition for low-resource tone languages.

Business Maturity Canvas

Discussing the business maturity of an ongoing business idea and a business in operation is a frequent task of IDX. This canvas was designed to facilitate that conversation.

Dan Bibliography

An essential resource for anyone doing research in Dan langauge speaking areas.


Working within SIL’s Ideation and Experimentation incubator to produce a product which gives real time language use and valuation metrics derived from a graph based architecture of known relationships.

U̠t-Ma’in Lexicography

A collaboration with Becky Paterson to organize the various layers of U̠t-Ma’in linguistic data into a shareable resource.

Wasta Linux additions for the language scientist.

Some changes and additions to Wasta Linux for the language and linguistic Scientist. It is basically a long bash script, and some additional settings.

An Awesome list of Software for Endangered Languages

A Github collaboration to index open source software for minority or low resource languages.

Linguistic Services Planning

We use the Business Model Canvas to develop the business case for various SIL service offerings.

SIL Communication Strategy Consulting

Strategy and technology consultation with SIL staff to develop interdepartmental communications strategy.

The minority language typing experience

How much work is it to type languages with tonal markers in their orthographies?

User Experience Consulting on

Worked with a team to bring modern features via Drupal 7 to the flagship website of SIL International.

Meꞌphaa and Sochiapam Chinantec Keyboards

Revolutionizing text input. We moved text input from being on a single OS via a non-unicode input method, to working on multiple OSes in Unicode.

Audio Digitization

SIL Americas Area project to digitize analogue audio mediums.

Photo Digitization

SIL Americas Area project to digitize photos documenting the people and the work of SIL in the Americas.

Text Digitization

SIL Americas Area project to digitize for electronic distribution many of its indigenous language resources in print mediums.

Language Archive Usability

This project seeks to make known issues in Language Resource Accessibility. It is primarily concerned with two facets of accessibility 1) the User Experience related to interacting with archived content; and 2) the aggregation of item level metadata about language resources in collections.


This project seeks to visually display patterns about languages as those visualizations relate to cartography.

Meꞌphaa Language Documentation

A collaboration with an experienced linguist. I contributed extensive metadata and technical audio-visual expertise a team of people from the USA and Meꞌphaa speakers.

Interdental approximant

An investigation and description of a rare and socially stigmatized speech sound where the tongue protrudes out of the mouth.


Classroom & Workshop leadership

Teaching Assistant University of North Dakota

Personal Trainer Apple, Inc.

  • One-to-One trainer: iLife, iWork & OS X

Classroom instructor It’s a Small World

  • Elementary German teacher


Highlights from my most recent employment history.


Director of Market Research

Royal Protocol

Royal Protocol

Sep 2021 – Present Eugene, Oregon

Research Assistant in Consumer Data Privacy Law

University of Oregon

University of Oregon

Sep 2021 – Dec 2021 Eugene, Oregon

Within the context of grant funded research at the School of Journalism:

  • Personal Data Protection Policy Research

User Interaction Designer



Mar 2020 – Jun 2020 Paris, France

Within the context of grant supported work on RefLex:

  • Visualization continuity
  • Complex search design
  • User Interface simplification
  • Typography
  • Menu structure
  • Final report

IDX Innovation Analyst

SIL International, IDX Innovation Virtual Team

SIL International, IDX Innovation Virtual Team

Jan 2018 – Aug 2019 Eugene, Oregon, USA

Within the context of IDX Innovation’s mission:

  • Identify opportunities to create customers
  • Describe, plan, and report on innovation projects
  • Ensure the effective execution of projects
  • Iteratively define and achieve goals as with a team
  • Advise the Chief Innovation Development Officer

Usefulness Engineer

SIL International, International Language Program Training

SIL International, International Language Program Training

Jan 2011 – Jan 2018 Dallas, Texas and Virtual Team

Within the context of SIL’s Training mission:


Assistant to the Americas Area Access Coordinator

SIL International, Americas Area

SIL International, Americas Area

Jan 2010 – Aug 2012 Dallas, Texas, USA

Within the context of SIL America Area Administration’s mission:

  • Consulted industry standards for best practices related to audio and video archiving.
  • Established archival quality digitization procedures for language documentation and minority language education materials.
  • Collaborated with SIL’s Language & Culture Archive to establish metadata schemas for audio and video materials, both for discovery and processing of materials through digitization work flows.
  • Managed several teams digitizing various carriers of language documentation and cultural artifacts: Photos, Books, Audio.

Assistant to the Americas Area Linguistics Coordinator

SIL International, Americas Area

SIL International, Americas Area

Jan 2010 – Aug 2012 Dallas, Texas, USA

Within the context of SIL America Area Administration’s mission:


Mac Specialist

Apple, Inc.

Apple, Inc.

Oct 2007 – Feb 2008 St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Working at Apple retail stores I:

  • Developed complete solutions based on customers’ specific needs
  • Provided one-on-one training to customers on Apple products.
  • Created brand advocates by providing an amazing, personalized shopping experience to each and every customer.

Network Administrator



Jun 2007 – Aug 2007 Grand Forks, North Dakota

Working as SIL-UND staff I:

  • Set up and mothballed network hardware for summer program.
  • Managed FTP server.
  • Managed network users and guest devices, integrating with existing University network infrastructure.
  • Persisted educational data as required.
  • Advised the director on technology changes and new opertunites for intergrating with UND technology services.
  • Oversaw student workers and managed project goals and tasks for student workers.

Mac Specialist

Apple, Inc.

Apple, Inc.

Oct 2006 – Dec 2006 Smithhaven, New York

Professional Certificates

Human Research Social-Behavioral-Educational Researchers

Meets the University of Oregon’s requirements for working with US federal funding and organizational policy related to Instutional Review Boards for projects working with human subjects in the social sciences.
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Professional Communities

Professional Affiliations & Technical Workgroups — past & present

Non-Government Organization

  • SIL International Intellectual Property Policy Team


Audio Archiving

Educational Metadata

Internet & Language Metadata


Family & Social fit

Marital Status

Strength Finder Themes

Belbin Team Roles

  • Resource Investigator
  • Specialist
  • Monitor Evaluator

Myers-Briggs Personalty Type

I usually vacillate on test between ‘E’ and ‘I’. Usually this means that the NT archetype is much stronger than the single value for ‘E/I’.

People I’ve Worked with

Mother Tongue Speakers


Ibrahim Tume Ushe

Language Speaker



Rebecca Paterson

Postdoctoral Researcher


William Hall



Richard Griscom

Field Linguist


Marie Pons

Field Linguist


Nathan Nichols

Digital Artist


Richard Littauer

Digital Artist


Fraser Bennett

Education Administrator


Kenneth S Olson

Field Linguist / Phonetician


Dan Whitenack

Data Scientist


Keith Snider




Jeremy Nordmoe

Language Archivist

Instructional Collaborators


Keith Snider



Learning a language is almost as easy as forgetting a language. All skills ebb and flow with fluency in various seasons of life.

Language skills

Digital tools

Operating systems: Linux (Ubuntu), OS X/MacOS 10.6-10.12
Website hosting: WordPess, Drupal, Hugo, MediaWiki
Authorship & Scholarship: XLingPaper, Endnote, Zotero, Markdown, FLEx, Google Apps
Marketing: Facebook Groups, Facebook Pages, MailChimp
Coding: VS Code, Github, HTML, Bash
Other: Omnigraffle, Confluence, Lightroom

Lesser experience with: ELAN, Praat, Audacity, WeSay, SayMore, Bloom, CSS, Python, MySQL, XML, Microsoft Office, LibreOffice, Pro Tools, FinalCut Pro.

Strategy games

Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne

Non-digital art mediums

Woodworking, Canvas (Painting, Melted Crayons), Sketching


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