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Statista - Stats Galore and More
Thursday, 9th May 2013
Jan Knight finds the Statista statistics portal is easy-to-use with an impressive array of topics, sources, reports and stats, with a variety of pricing options and some information available for free. The Chart of the Day infographics related to the media/internet or economy/society also present a free and fun way to get a daily dose of useful information.
Sourcing Engineering Products & Services with ThomasNet.com
Tuesday, 23rd April 2013
Designed for those in the manufacturing and supply side of engineering, ThomasNet.com offers a supplier directory, a product search, CAD search and product news components. Recent developments have ensured that the database is vital to the engineering and procurement needs of enterprises across numerous vertical markets - and it's free to use.
Mini Review: ThomasNet.com
Tuesday, 23rd April 2013
Victor Camlek reviews ThomasNet.com, a free resource for those in the manufacturing and supply side of engineering. The comprehensive resource offers a supplier directory, a product search, CAD search, plus product-related news, IMT (Industry Market Trends) journals and a forum for engineers.
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: Executive Summary
Wednesday, 10th April 2013
If you're looking for a comprehensive global resource that covers public and private data, ReportLinker could be the ideal search engine for you. The company has developed a search algorithm using semantic technology that offers refined search capacities, mining research and data-driven documents that are hidden in the deep web, essential when 200,000 public sources and 450 private research publishers are at your fingertips.
Product Review of ReportLinker: Help, Pricing, Contact & Conclusion
Tuesday, 9th April 2013
The final part of Aileen Marshall's review of ReportLinker describes the help options available from phone to email or FAQ as well as the variety of purchase options available from Pay As You Go to subscription.
Product Review of ReportLinker: Interface, Search, Outputs & Access
Monday, 8th April 2013
The ReportLinker search engine allows users to search public and private sources to find official statistics. Aileen Marshall's review continues with a tour of the search, outputs and alerts available within the database. She also highlights the free data available such as industry news articles and profiles.
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.
Product Review of ReportLinker: Introduction and FreePint's View
Thursday, 4th April 2013
In her review of ReportLinker, Aileen Marshall explores the myriad of industry, company and country reports available for around 200 countries and 350 industries. Researchers can interrogate information from around 200,000 information sources on public and private companies using semantic search technology - and reports date back as far as 1994, presenting a comprehensive resource from UBIQUICK, a Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA company.
Mini Review: Datamyne
Thursday, 28th March 2013
Helen Clegg reviews the Datamyne database, an authoritative source of trade data which covers the cross-border commerce of 50 countries. Aggregated and transactional data is available and there is a range of output options along with in-depth reports. The search options range from simple search to more complex options such as querying just "House" or just "Master" bill-of-lading data - Datamyne is currently the only provider of international trade data on the market that allows this distinction.
Online Education Services - the Market is Getting Crowded
Thursday, 28th March 2013
Online learning, tutoring and education are big business with some predicting the sector to be worth $220 billion by 2017. It’s not just the traditional academic publishers supplying the elearning field, online specialists such as the Khan Academy and the increasingly-popular MOOC (massive open online courses) are also in the mix. Penny Crossland investigates the key players and drivers in the market.
FreePint Report: Product Review of Key Note
Monday, 11th February 2013
Best known as a market intelligence source, Key Note now provides company information through Companies House filings. Andrew Grave provides an in-depth report of the product and its evolution.
Reviewed by Andrew Grave
Introduction and FreePint's View
Sources, Content and...
FreePint Report: Research - Part 1 (Information Practice)
Tuesday, 5th February 2013
Twice a year, FreePint publishes a compendium of articles supporting different areas of information work. This report collects six months' worth of articles tagged with the category of research. Our guest editor Jan Knight looks at the spectrum of research topics, with a
particular eye to...
Easier Broadcast News Searches - Both Sides of the Pond
Thursday, 10th January 2013
The latest smart devices combine with increasingly sophisticated streaming technology to make it easier for us to consume broadcast news wherever we are. Our appetite for TV news online is increasing and watching news on televisions is declining in favour of a mix of computer-based devices. Creating easy access to archived broadcast news is now a vital part of information professionals' roles as searching video news becomes an important part of the search strategy.
Islamic Finance - How Transparent Will it Be?
Tuesday, 18th December 2012
As Thomson Reuters announces further initiatives in the rapidly expanding field of Islamic finance, Gartner predicts continuing growth in enterprise information technology spending in the Middle East and North Africa region. But transparency concerns persist – all the more so if a movement in the region for tighter regulation of the internet gathers momentum.
FreePint Report: Product Review of PI Private Company Data
Thursday, 29th November 2012
This report focuses on PI Private Company Data, an online database of private company data covering UK and Irish company filings and reports. Content includes original scanned documents such as annual returns, incorporation certificates, memoranda and articles of association as well as...
Interpretation of Images: Why News Analysis Matters
Monday, 19th November 2012
Do you believe your eyes? Today's news environment is awash with images and video, but the savvy researcher must be aware of how easy it can be to alter or falsify them. Examples provided by analysts at BBC Monitoring demonstrate the impact of knowledgeable media analysis to in-depth understanding of what's really happening, regardless of what photo or video evidence may suggest.
FreePint Report: Product Review of BvD Mint
Tuesday, 23rd October 2012
Mint from Bureau van Dijk (BvD) is a powerful and flexible database of company information. Business intelligence profiles can quickly and easily be put together by combining company financials, directorships, news articles and industry research profiles. Marketing and prospecting lists can be...
Competitive Intelligence: Bringing Together Resources and Techniques
Tuesday, 9th October 2012
Actionable insights come from analysing competitor and industry data. Answering the "so what?" question requires not just access to relevant resources, but also the selection of the right analytical tool. In this FreePint Report on Competitive Intelligence, we bring you reviews and articles on both areas - competitive intelligence resources and analytical approaches and techniques.
Grim job market offers opportunities for some?
Monday, 1st October 2012
The financial industry is experiencing a severe job slump, as are many industries worldwide. So it’s probably not the time when you’d expect new recruitment initiatives and sites to be emerging. Yet emerging they seem to be, in all sorts of different guises. What's the reason behind the push in recruitment initiatives?