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Patents for the Win! Innography Snags Two 2014 CODiE Awards
Tuesday, 4th February 2014
Expert reviewer for the CODiE Award for Best Legal Information Product 2014, John DiGilio reviewed five legal products in the category and evaluated them through demonstrations, testing and grading against specific requirements. Here he shares his thoughts on the category winner, Innography's intellectual property research platform.
Lost in Translation - Online Tools for Foreign Language Research
Tuesday, 31st December 2013
With the globalisation of information via the internet and English rapidly losing its place as the predominant online language as Chinese, Japanese and Spanish content grows, Sophie Alexander explores the increased popularity of online translation tools. She highlights some useful features of a few of these. Social media site Facebook recently acquired a translation tool and search engines such as Bing and Google have quite well developed software. However, Sophie suggests researchers also consider more specialist tools such as Linguee, Systransoft and 2lingual.
Product Review of Euromonitor Passport: Search
Thursday, 19th December 2013
The third part of Sophie Alexander's review of Euromonitor Passport examines the extensive search options available. The Passport database contains statistics, analysis, surveys and news on 27 industry sectors covering 210 countries. Sophie finds that the quality and quantity of information available is very impressive and irrespective of your chosen category or which page you’re on, the layout is reassuringly similar with search filters along the left of the page, usually with the option to change the geography, currency, date and categories. There is the possibility of going deep into the data or choosing overviews complete with visualisations.
Eikon Answers: Impressive Search Results Instantly
Thursday, 19th December 2013
Eikon is Thomson Reuters' desktop market data solution for financial markets professionals. Andrew Grave examines its powerful Eikon Answers functionality and finds it marks a real leap forward in the functionality of business information tools. Launched in January 2013, Eikon Answers is easy to use for end users and instantly produces tables and charts from straightforward or complex queries such as "Show US hospitals on New York consolidated exchange with operating margins >2% and revenue growth 5 years >1%". After the chart is produced a wealth of data can quickly be surfaced and easily exported or shared.
InfoNgen: Tailored Discovery & Distribution
Tuesday, 17th December 2013
InfoNgen can be an invaluable tool for enabling workflow automation, finds Yulia Aspinall. The discovery engine combines the ability to metasearch all or selected internal and external sources of information with flexible tagging and the ability to add or change taxonomies to meet customer-specific requirements. InfoNgen's content discovery capabilities are used by clients primarily in the corporate, legal, and financial markets and holding a wide range of job titles, including competitive intelligence and information professionals.
Product Review of InfoNgen: Executive Summary
Tuesday, 17th December 2013
A discovery engine for competitive information professionals in fields such as finance, legal, pharmaceutical and retail, InfoNgen is an invaluable tool for workflow automation, finds Yulia Aspinall in her executive summary. Acting as a news aggregator or listening platform, InfoNgen can save researchers time by aggregating and indexing internal and external information and automatically tagging it with metadata. Tools to share and re-publish content are included, with the ability to create custom newsletters as one output choice. Cutting down on tedious manual processes allows researchers more time for analysis of information.
FreePint Report: Product Review of InfoNgen
Tuesday, 17th December 2013
Yulia Aspinall reviews InfoNgen, a "discovery engine" which combines the ability to do metasearches of all or selected internal and external sources of information with flexible tagging and customer specific needs. The foundation of InfoNgen is an automated classification system that analyses...
Product Review of InfoNgen: Special Software Functionality, Help, Pricing & Contact Details
Monday, 16th December 2013
The InfoNgen solution appears to tick many of the boxes desired by information professionals in an ideal search engine - straightforward installation and access, fast filtering of reliable internal and external sources of information, de-duplication of results, and delivery of relevant content via email, alert, RSS or newsletter, finds Yulia Aspinall in the concluding part of her review. She also looks at the customer support and pricing options.
Product Review of InfoNgen: Technology & Delivery Platform; User Interface
Thursday, 12th December 2013
The technology which underpins discovery engine InfoNgen is discussed in the third part of Yulia Aspinall's review. InfoNgen is also known as a news aggregation system; its workflow automation can eliminate a huge amount of the "heavy lifting" of manually searching through multiple sources, reading them, cutting/pasting/emailing, aggregating them together, formatting, and publishing, and hence save researchers time and make their work more effective and productive. Export options include custom newsletters which can be delivered manually or automatically via email or RSS feed.
Enterprise Information: Busting Some Myths
Friday, 29th November 2013
The last 20 years have seen an extraordinary change in access to information and the development of the internet has revolutionised the way that enterprise users can access information sources and share content with one another. Sarah Dillingham addresses some common misunderstandings that arise when discussing enterprise information and provides some suggestions on how to tackle them. Myths include the belief that information is free, Google is an acceptable way to get business information, and that no user training is required.
Q&A with Northern Light: a SinglePoint for a Company's Strategic Research Needs
Wednesday, 27th November 2013
Sophie Alexander interviews David Seuss, CEO of Northern Light, to find out more about the company's strategic research portals, business research content and search technology solutions. She finds out more about how their technology delivers high quality results that are targeted to the specific needs and interests of each user, offering primary research, secondary licensed sources, and business news all in a single portal. Northern Light is the company behind strategic research portal SinglePoint.
DIY Solutions: The Use of Social Media News Aggregation Tools in a Corporate Environment
Thursday, 31st October 2013
With changes happening within the traditional news aggregation product marketplace, organisations are assessing their options. Claire Whayman looks at the potential for the use of social media news aggregation tools in the corporate environment. Three products are examined: Flipboard, Noowit and Xydocuration.com.
Time to Review Your Information Database
Tuesday, 29th October 2013
A review of the usage and usefulness of your information database should be carried out regularly, advises Rachael Elliott. She provides advice for those considering changing to a new source and tips on how to ensure corroboration, depth and accuracy of information when using social media channels alongside traditional databases.
The Online Information Researcher of 2014: Beyond News Aggregation
Friday, 25th October 2013
Rachael Elliott looks into the changing landscape of business information sources from the days of the microfiche to the wealth of free information available on the web and gives the pros and cons some of the current news aggregation tools such Google News, M-Brain, RSS feeds and Twitter. She encourages us to go beyond the "usual suspects" for our business information news and to not to write off social media as an information source.
Better Semantic Search: Google's New Hummingbird Search Algorithm
Thursday, 10th October 2013
Last month Google rolled out a major new upgrade to the algorithm that interprets user searches. Codenamed "Hummingbird", it's the first major upgrade to the Google search algorithm in almost three years. James Mullan explores how our search results will be affected by concepts such as semantic search and conversational search.
iOS 7: the Importance of Usability and Accessibility
Friday, 4th October 2013
Apple's recent launch of its iOS 7 software and reports of associated motion sickness have thrust usability issues into the spotlight. Sarah Dillingham delves into accessibility and usability issues which website and intranet designers should consider, whether considering disabilities or employee productivity.
Making the Most of Your Intranet Search
Monday, 30th September 2013
Whilst users might complain about many things associated with your intranet, it's likely that the most complaints are around users finding information, or not finding information. An intranet search tool can help address the issue of users not being able to find information. If poorly managed or not developed properly, it can seriously undermine the use of the intranet as a whole. So what steps can intranet managers take to make the most of an intranet search tool?
SharePoint 2013 v 2007: Building the Business Case
Tuesday, 24th September 2013
Sarah Dillingham compares the new functionality available within SharePoint 2013 against SharePoint 2007, with one eye towards using it to construct a credible business case. New collaborative elements include co-authoring, search and microblogging. Sarah examines the business benefits, time & cost savings and challenges associated with the latest features.
The Paywall Debate Moves to Video Monetization
Tuesday, 10th September 2013
A quick look at the FreePint archive of articles on the subject of paywalls shows that the topic was top of the agenda two years ago, and has made infrequent headlines since then. However, this does not mean that the issue of whether and how to charge for news has gone away, or has been resolved. A new aspect to the paywall debate is that of video monetization, with publishers seemingly unsure of how to approach the issue and providers such as YouTube now considering charging up to $5 a month for access to certain channels.
The Story Behind the Headline - Twitter and Google Aim for the Truth
Monday, 2nd September 2013
Is the leaking, whistleblowing and revelation of secret documents that continues to capture the headlines having an effect on what consumers of news are expecting to read on the internet? Are they no longer satisfied with the snippets of news that Twitter and other social media outlets provide, preferring to read the stories behind the headlines to get the real picture? Just as traditional news providers are embracing social media tools, it would appear that Twitter and Google are moving the other way.