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Click to view the report Click to view the report FreePint Report: Subscription Update for Information Services Management
Tuesday, 28th July 2015

This monthly update collects the current content relevant to those responsible for information service management, information strategy and content procurement in a convenient PDF package for download and offline reading. Includes: Product Review of Fastcase HD John DiGilio reviews...



Click to view the article Mirjam Wolfrum Insider Knowledge - Researching Oil & Gas
Thursday, 23rd July 2015 Login to MyFreePint or create an account be able to star items

Oil and gas have been used for hundreds of years. In the beginning, oil was used to replace whale oil. Since John D. Rockefeller founded the "Standard Oil Company" in 1870, "black gold" has begun to triumph. Today oil and gas still drive today's world economy. Access to and control of these commodities is especially critical to the world's most energy consuming countries. This is why there are numerous international and national industry associations, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations, profit and non-profit information providers who all provide data for your research, Mirjam Wolfrum provides a guide through the maze.



Click to view the article Robin Neidorf At the Commercial Frontier with Text and Data Mining
Wednesday, 22nd July 2015 Login to MyFreePint or create an account be able to star items

Text and data mining (TDM) is becoming essential in many industries but licensing and securing the rights to use content in this way remains a challenge - at least with some publishers. FreePint's director of research, Robin Neidorf highlights some platforms which help publishers and researchers who want to apply TDM to their content. She explains what you need to take into account if planning a commercial data mining project - and where there are likely to be sticking points.



Click to view the report Click to view the report FreePint Report: Product Review of FirstWord Pharma PLUS
Monday, 20th July 2015

FirstWord Pharma PLUS is a personalised news, analysis and expert opinion service for pharmaceutical industry professionals. Reviewer Robyn Smith considers the audience, access and value of the premier information platform within the suite of FirstWord Group's bioindustry products. The...



Click to view the article Anja Chemnitz Thygesen Database Development from a User Perspective
Friday, 17th July 2015 Login to MyFreePint or create an account be able to star items

Co-producer of the FreePint Topic Series "All About Usage - From Content Sharing to Data Mining", Anja Thygesen, looks at the transformation of information databases over the last 30 years. She highlights advances such as automated indexing, speech to text, Google-like search, and the rise of the end-user researcher. Anja explains what this means for information professionals in terms of training, complex searching and database selection - and what actions they should take.



Click to view the report Click to view the report FreePint Report: Best Practices in Information Skills Development
Thursday, 16th July 2015

This end of series report collects selected articles, producers' commentary and a full thematic index of content from the FreePint Topic Series "Best Practices in Information Skills Development" in a convenient PDF package for download and offline reading. Includes the themes:...



Click to view the article Robyn Smith Product Review of FirstWord Pharma PLUS (Competitors, Development & Pricing)
Wednesday, 15th July 2015 Login to MyFreePint or create an account be able to star items

In the final part of her product review of FirstWord Pharma PLUS, the news, analysis and expert opinion service for pharmaceutical industry professionals, Robyn Smith analyses competitors Scrip Intelligence and The Pink Sheet (Informa); BioCentury; EP Vantage (EvaluatePharma); and Factiva. She also looks at FirstWord's development and pricing.



Click to view the article Anne Jordan Source Update for Nexis
Tuesday, 14th July 2015 Login to MyFreePint or create an account be able to star items

The latest additions and takedowns in Nexis, researched and compiled by Anne Jordan.



Click to view the article Robyn Smith Product Review of FirstWord Pharma PLUS (Technology - Search & User Interface; Outputs & Alerts; Administration & Help)
Monday, 13th July 2015 Login to MyFreePint or create an account be able to star items

In the third part of her product review of FirstWord Pharma PLUS, the news, analysis and expert opinion service for pharmaceutical industry professionals, Robyn Smith looks at the technology and admin tools. She tests search functionality, custom news alerts, and considers display, export features and help.



Click to view the article Irene Koren Respecting the Ownership of Knowledge
Monday, 13th July 2015 Login to MyFreePint or create an account be able to star items

Would you hire a thief? Probably not, but many global companies unknowingly do so every day. Freely sharing intellectual knowledge damages everyone - knowledge providers, knowledge intermediaries and knowledge end-users. So how can you ensure that your employees and your service providers don’t violate any copyright laws and threaten future knowledge building efforts?



Click to view the article Anne Jordan Source Update for EBSCO
Friday, 10th July 2015 Login to MyFreePint or create an account be able to star items

The latest additions in EBSCO, researched and compiled by Anne Jordan.



Click to view the article Robyn Smith Product Review of FirstWord Pharma PLUS (Sources - Content & Coverage)
Thursday, 9th July 2015 Login to MyFreePint or create an account be able to star items

In the second part of her product review of FirstWord Pharma PLUS, Robyn Smith looks at coverage of the news, analysis and expert opinion service for pharmaceutical industry professionals. She considers the breadth of the information platform's news sources and topics covered, and value-added & customisable features such as editorial input and quality checking.



Click to view the article John DiGilio Mini Review of Fastcase HD
Wednesday, 8th July 2015 Login to MyFreePint or create an account be able to star items

John DiGilio reviews the popular Fastcase HD mobile app. A free, virtual library of US primary source materials available via smartphone, it is ranked as one of the most downloaded apps for legal research. John finds out why this standalone solution and complement to Fastcase on the web is so popular.



Click to view the report Click to view the report FreePint Report: Research Into Skills Development 2015
Wednesday, 8th July 2015

FreePint's original research report delves into the critical issue of skills development. We polled around 200 organisations from a variety of sectors and organisations around the world to ask them about areas such as why investment in information skills is essential, the types of training...



Click to view the article Anne Jordan Source Update for Factiva
Tuesday, 7th July 2015 Login to MyFreePint or create an account be able to star items

The latest additions and takedowns in Factiva, researched and compiled by Anne Jordan.



Click to view the article Robyn Smith Product Review of FirstWord Pharma PLUS (Introduction; Value; Contact Details)
Tuesday, 7th July 2015 Login to MyFreePint or create an account be able to star items

FirstWord Pharma PLUS, the personalised news, analysis and expert opinion service for pharmaceutical industry professionals, is introduced here by Robyn Smith in the first part of her product review. As the premier information platform within the suite of FirstWord Group's bioindustry products, she considers audience, access and value.



Click to view the article Robin Neidorf Results from FreePint Research into Skills Part 3 - Strategy and Resources
Monday, 6th July 2015 Login to MyFreePint or create an account be able to star items

In part three of her analysis Robin Neidorf reports further on FreePint's research into how information professionals address skills development. The research included a series of questions to understand the state of strategic planning around skills development, including: the impact of strategy, leadership and organisational culture on information skills investment, strategic planning to meet information skills needs, and budget & resource considerations. We also asked what needs to change in terms of additional or alternative resources or training for information professionals and knowledge workers.



Click to view the article Sarah Huibregtse Reflecting on the FreePint Topic Series "Best Practices in Information Skills Development"
Friday, 3rd July 2015 Login to MyFreePint or create an account be able to star items

As the FreePint Topic Series: Best Practices in Information Skills Development concludes, co-producers Sarah Huibregtse and Val Skelton highlight key themes that have emerged from the series. These include the evolution of the user, the constant shift of organisational priorities, needs analysis and development of objectives, skills development strategies, changes in delivery methods, and building partnerships. Additionally, some initial thoughts regarding the skills development strategy research are shared.



Click to view the article Robin Neidorf Results from FreePint Research into Skills Part 2 - What's On Offer
Thursday, 2nd July 2015 Login to MyFreePint or create an account be able to star items

In part two of her analysis Robin Neidorf reports further on FreePint's research into how information professionals address skills development. She drills down into the findings to give detail on the scope of existing programmes to support information skills development, and the overall culture around development - with specific comments about development for information professionals and development for knowledge workers. Preference for different formats for training are highlighted as well as go-to sources for programmes and training.



Click to view the article Bernadette John Digital Professionalism Skills for the Workforce
Thursday, 2nd July 2015 Login to MyFreePint or create an account be able to star items

Bernadette John explains what digital professionalism means and how it goes far beyond an understanding of social media. She goes into detail about why gaining these skills is essential, not just for employees but also for their families and friends, and where knowledge of information governance and confidentiality issues, correct use of images and understanding the risks of shadow IT become particularly important.



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