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Taxpayer-Funded Research - Cheaper but Trickier?
Wednesday, 15th May 2013
Research Councils UK in Britain, and the Office of Science & Technology in the United States, have each instructed bodies that use taxpayers' money to fund research to start making all that research available free to users. This follows the Affordable Subscriptions for Periodicals campaign originally launched by Research Libraries UK and a new study published on ArXiv which concludes that the future of "elite" academic journal publishers may be doubt. More open access could mean a substantial reduction in costs for information professionals charged with acquiring research, but may also leave them with the challenge of deciding what's worth having.
Mini Review: Statista
Wednesday, 8th May 2013
If you love statistics and quantitative data, you need to check out Statista. Statista, Inc. is a leading online statistics provider covering a wide range of industries and topics and whose product provides an almost dizzying array of statistical charts, tables and reports on a large number of industries and topics from administration and agriculture to travel and tourism.
ReportLinker: A Comprehensive Deep Web Crawler
Friday, 12th April 2013
Claiming the largest online collection of industry, company and country reports, ReportLinker uses semantic search technology to pull results from the deep web. This allows researchers to trawl around 200,000 public sources at once - along with premium content, reports from around 450 private publishers including World Market Intelligence, The Economist Intelligence Unit and Global Markets Direct.
Product Review of ReportLinker: Sources, Content & Coverage
Friday, 5th April 2013
Continuing her review of ReportLinker, Aileen Marshall examines the sources within this comprehensive resource. Users gain unlimited access to 200,000 public source documents through a subscription service, while premium reports from around 450 private publishers are available for individual purchase.
Mini Review: IA Watch
Tuesday, 19th February 2013
Penny Crossland reviews IA Watch, an information portal for compliance practitioners, containing news on more than 200 compliance-related topics as well as up-to-date information on guidelines, laws and best practices. The portal is enhanced by a community forum, collaborative features and links to IA Watch-sponsored webinars.
Nothing But the Facts - Truth Teller Debunks Falsehoods
Tuesday, 5th February 2013
In a world where we are constantly bombarded with information, it can be difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. This is particularly hard during election campaigns, when we are reliant on our politicians to give us the facts to make informed decisions for our future. Unfortunately, being 'economical with the truth' appears to be part of politicians' tactics to get elected. Help could be at hand with an automated fact-checking application called 'Truth Teller', developed by The Washington Post.
Practice Report: Reliable Research Sources
Tuesday, 5th February 2013
Jan Knight examines FreePint's recent articles on the rapidly changing face of the media and looks at how these articles demonstrate that we should exhibit a little healthy scepticism to ensure that we identify reliable, trusted news sources.
Product Report: Compliance Sampler
Wednesday, 30th January 2013
Robin Neidorf highlights FreePint's recent full and mini reports in the area of compliance - an area always of interest to FreePint readers as products become more sophisticated and required compliance more stringent.
Mini Review: Bloomberg Government
Wednesday, 23rd January 2013
Jan Knight reviews Bloomberg Government, a robust, web-based information source that sits at the "intersection of business and government" and where users can find news related to government, business, industry, and in the same product search for, or keep up-to-date with, legislation, regulation and government contracts.
How High is Your Value?
Thursday, 22nd November 2012
Although regulatory pressures mean that demand for high value services continues to grow, the specific value that information professionals can bring doesn’t always appear to be recognised. Compliance workflow solutions from vendors such as Thomson Reuters or LexisNexis may appear to diminish the info pro’s role, but there is actually plenty of scope for them to engage in regulatory horizon scanning and early warning. Current examples of upcoming issues include changes in European Union data protection legislation, liability for actionable Tweets and corporate ownership of staff emails.
Mendeley's Research Report Proves Open Access Boosts Productivity
Wednesday, 14th November 2012
Coinciding with the global open access week initiative, Mendeley, the cloud-based database providing access to academic and scientific research papers, has published the Global Research Report. The report, which is a useful research tool in its own right, contains statistics based on Mendeley's two million users worldwide and more than 65 million uploaded research papers. All this ties in with recent UK Government efforts to boost open access with £10 million worth of funding and to comply with the Research Council UK Open Access Policy, which was launched in July of this year.
Web 2.0 and Its Impact on the Information Industry
Monday, 29th October 2012
The digital revolution has radically changed how we access information, interact with each other and create content. We are all now capable of adding to the collective knowledge, changing the role of the traditional gatekeepers of information – librarians and other information professionals. Web 2.0 has also spurred the technology industry into producing devices that enable us to access information wherever we are. These are themes which are addressed by Martin de Saulles in his book 'Information 2.0: New models of information production, distribution and consumption. This article attempts to delve into some of the issues raised in the book, with the help of FreePint and other information industry observers.
Getting to the source: Science.gov
Thursday, 27th September 2012
The drive toward government transparency increases the amount of data availability to the public. To facilitate research and organise information, governments are creating more information portals. This article is a review of the underutilised portal Science.gov.
Leveraging the power of lesser-known US government sources
Thursday, 27th September 2012
Governments have increased transparency and access to scientific and technical information, providing information professionals with new sources of information. For those using US government databases, this appears to be a daunting task. This article reviews some lesser-known resources, with an exploration of the US government's evolution from a dispersed information system to a centralised federated database and portal-based system.
Sustainability from Thomson Reuters - a new site worth visiting
Thursday, 20th September 2012
Sustainability is a buzzword used by government agencies and politicians in countless reports and speeches these days and is a concept we are all meant to aspire to. The term can be applied to a wide range of industries, making it hard for information professionals to find all-encompassing sources on the subject. Now one of the major business intelligence providers, Thomson Reuters has entered the arena, launching a website in the last few days dedicated to the topic.
Source Update August 2012: What's happening with online sources?
Thursday, 9th August 2012
Monthly update on changes to online sources of value to corporate researchers and knowledge workers.
Opening up information - the best opportunity ever?
Friday, 20th July 2012
Britain's government has just struck a blow for open information by requiring publicly funded research to be made freely available, not hidden behind a paywall. It's a good start – but there are still plenty of other ways in which the information playing field needs to be levelled.
Bloomberg and LexisNexis - the new disruptors?
Thursday, 12th July 2012
A couple of big names in the information industry seem to be expanding into areas where they haven’t necessarily competed before. Just coincidence – or the start of a trend which info pros are going to have to take on board? Read more>>
Finding statistics in Latin America
Tuesday, 10th July 2012
Emerging markets demand careful attention to data to identify opportunity and reduce risk. Sources of statistics for Latin America are put at your fingertips by a number of organisations.
Sources for Latin American Business and Financial Research
Tuesday, 10th July 2012
Whether you are seeking insights into regional economic trends or need to find information about a particular company, there are many excellent resources available to help you find the information about Latin America that you need. The trick is knowing where to look.