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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.
A Window into the Past to Help Predict the Future - Global Financial Data
Tuesday, 6th August 2013
Business researcher Perrin Kerravala reviews Global Financial Data Inc. (GFD), a provider of financial and economic time-series data widely used by investment firms and academic organisations. GFD is unique in being able to provide rare data, including time-series that are several hundred years old, and data extensions on current series. The product empowers users to obtain reliable information to conduct analyses of company or market performance over several business cycles.
FreePint Report: Product Review of Global Financial Data
Tuesday, 6th August 2013
Author Perrin Kerravala's review of Global Financial Data Inc. (GFD), shows how the provider of financial and economic time-series data widely used by investment firms and academic organisations is unique in being able to provide rare data, including time-series that are several hundred years...
Product Review of Global Financial Data: Executive Summary
Monday, 5th August 2013
Author Perrin Kerravala's executive summary of Global Financial Data Inc. (GFD), shows how the provider of financial and economic time-series data widely used by investment firms and academic organisations is unique in being able to provide rare data, including time-series that are several hundred years old, and data extensions on current series. The simple interface empowers users to obtain raw, reliable information to conduct analyses of company or market performance over several business cycles.
Product Review of Global Financial Data: Customer Support, Licensing & Pricing
Friday, 2nd August 2013
Author Perrin Kerravala outlines Global Financial Data's customer service and licensing options. GFD is a provider of a vast amount of time-series financial markets and economic data, with over 135,000 discrete data series and regular new additions.
Product Review of Global Financial Data: Search Results & Outputs, User Interface & Special Functionality
Thursday, 1st August 2013
Perrin Kerravala evaluates Global Financial Data’s search results and export options; and discusses GFD's unique reporting, charting and administrative management capabilities. GFD is a provider of a vast amount of time-series financial markets and economic data, with over 135,000 discrete data series and regular new additions.
Product Review of Global Financial Data: Search Options
Wednesday, 31st July 2013
Author Perrin Kerravala highlights the strengths and weaknesses of Global Financial Data's search capabilities when interrogating databases including UK or US Stocks, Real Estate or Eurostat, for example. GFD is a provider of a vast amount of time-series financial markets and economic data, with over 135,000 discrete data series and regular new additions.
Product Review of Global Financial Data: Sources, Content & Coverage
Wednesday, 31st July 2013
Global Financial Data (GFD) provides time-series information pertaining to financial markets and economics, including stocks & bonds, indices, exchange rates, inflation data, commodities, and real estate. GFD sources its information from original providers, including electronic data feeds for newer information, and print and archival material for historical information.
Product Review of Global Financial Data: Introduction and FreePint's View
Tuesday, 30th July 2013
Global Financial Data Inc. (GFD) is a provider of financial and economic time-series data, including micro and macro equities, fixed income, exchange rates, inflation, commodities, and real estate. GFD is unique in being able to provide rare data from original source documents, sometimes several hundred years old.
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