Director of Research and Head of Consulting
Robin heads the Jinfo Research division. Original research is at the heart of Jinfo and underpins all our activities, from editorial content to webinars, consulting and Community sessions. Robin has has been working with Jinfo since 2004 and is responsible for strategic planning, developing proprietary research-based tools, partnerships and alliances, and consulting.
She is proud to be a contributor of a chapter on strategic content portfolio management in "The Emerald Handbook of Modern Information Management".
Prior to joining Jinfo, Robin ran a research and communications consulting business for 10 years. As a consultant, she focused on strategic planning, change management, and using information to make better decisions.
Working with a wide range of organisations in the for-profit and non-profit sector. Robin has developed online communities, publications and distance learning modules for a range of business purposes. She is the author of Teach Beyond Your Reach: An instructor's guide to developing and running successful distance learning classes, workshops, training sessions and more (second edition, Cyber Age, 2012) and the co-author of E-Merchant: Retail Strategies for e-Commerce (Addison-Wesley, 2001).
Robin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Articles by Robin Neidorf:
How to use technology clusters
In our previous two articles on technology, we looked at the wide range of technologies and challenges an information team might need to understand as well as the goals and desired outcomes of technology and how they measure up to the types of tools you can include in your overall solution. This final article provides a framework for thinking about how you can use these analyses to help your team develop the necessary skills, resources and partnerships.
Technology - focus on goals and desired results
Technology is not the only important factor in the success of a business, however, information professionals need to understand when and how to incorporate it to achieve organisational goals. We previously looked at groupings of different technologies that can be used to meet certain needs within an organisation and in this article, we look at the goals and desired outcomes of technology and how they measure up to the types of tools you can include in your overall solution.
Mapping the complex technology environment
The ever-changing technological landscape presents new and diverse challenges for information professionals. Knowing which skills to cultivate in order to remain relevant and contribute to organisational initiatives in a meaningful way can also be confusing. A lot depends on organisational structure and priorities as well as the technology itself. This article tries to make sense of this complex environment by exploring a wide range of technologies and challenges an information team might need to understand.
Research update - what's so urgent about current awareness? We'll tell you
Current awareness doesn't stand still and neither does the service you run to provide that intelligence - find out how to ensure your service is fit for the future.
Jinfo for information strategy
How can you use Jinfo's benchmarking research to establish comparisons for your information centre and how can you move your current awareness practice forwards? Jinfo's director of research, Robin Neidorf, highlights research and resources along with insights from Jinfo's Consulting work.
Insight 3 from Research Focus on intelligence systems - prepare to move to an intelligence system
Find out what the final insight from our Research Focus, "Intelligence systems - beyond awareness to action", means for the future of current awareness.
Research update - say hello to tomorrow's current awareness
Is your current awareness portfolio centred on one or two premium subscriptions or are you capturing niche providers? Find out how current awareness is evolving and how to keep up.
Insight 2 from Research Focus on intelligence systems - the top aggregator positions are shifting
Find out what the second insight from our Research Focus, "Intelligence systems - beyond awareness to action", means for you if you purchase or specify premium news content.
Introducing the customer engagement team
Meet the new customer engagement team and find out how they'll help you get the most out of your Subscription.
Insight 1 from Research Focus on intelligence systems - balance value and cost
Read the first insight from our Research Focus "Intelligence systems - beyond awareness to action" and find out what the best information teams are doing to stay ahead with current awareness provision.
Research update - exclusive new research on news and current awareness
How will the evolving current awareness landscape impact on you? Get insights from our director of research, Robin Neidorf, and get prepared with our new Insights and Actions report.
Jinfo for content purchasing
If you're keen to gain a fresh perspective on managing a content portfolio, read our blog from Jinfo's director of research, Robin Neidorf, where she highlights three use-cases that our recent Community sessions can help solve. She also curates Jinfo's most relevant recent articles, reports and reviews for people responsible for buying content and tools.
Comparing product satisfaction for Factiva vs Nexis users - 2018
Factiva and Nexis remain the leaders in premium products for news and current awareness, over 75% of our research respondents named them as their primary premium product for current awareness. We drilled down and report back on how satisfied they are with their choice of platform, whether they're planning to change product, their views on specifics such as search, content, training, mobile, visualisations, price and more.
Research update - new models for successful information services
Find out how Jinfo's models can help you close the gap between today's reality and your desired future for your information centre.
Jinfo current awareness survey (part 4 - primary suppliers)
Jinfo's director of research, Robin Neidorf, presents the final part of our current awareness survey results exploring the needs, preferences and goals of information professionals with regard to news content and current awareness provision. This article gives feedback on specific feedback relating to their primary products for current awareness, including Factiva, Nexis, FT, Bloomberg, Westlaw and CEDROM-SNI, as well as platform suppliers InfoDesk and LexisNexis Publisher.
Jinfo current awareness survey (part 3 - determining value)
As part of our Research Focus, "Intelligence systems - beyond awareness to action", we present the third part of our current awareness survey results exploring the needs, preferences and goals of information professionals with regard to news content and current awareness provision. This article looks at overall expenses, the breadth and depth of reach of a service, and how much time the information team puts into delivering the service and how it reaches its audience.
Jinfo current awareness survey (part 2 - core components)
As part of Jinfo's Research Focus, "Intelligence systems - beyond awareness to action", we present part two of our Jinfo current awareness survey in relation to the needs, preferences and goals of information professionals with regard to news content and current awareness provision. This article looks specifically at what information teams rely on for source material to feed systems and what technology and tools are used to support management, delivery and measurement of the service.
Jinfo current awareness survey (part 1 - introduction)
It's been ten years since Jinfo first surveyed information professionals to find out about their needs, preferences and goals in relation to news content and current awareness provision. The project has evolved over time to factor in issues relating to the use of technology to improve workflow and enhance ROI, the balance of premium and non-cost sources, and what methods they were using to try and measure the value and impact of current awareness service provision. This article introduces the results from 2018's survey, including areas such as the provision of time and staff.
Research update - the easiest quiz you'll take this autumn
Take some time to step back, re-energise and strategise. Find out how Jinfo's benchmarking research can help.
State of the industry - overview of current awareness suppliers
In the second of a two-part article looking at the differences between current awareness and intelligence platforms and how information professionals interact with the workflow of both systems, Robin Neidorf looks at some of the key suppliers in this area, their product offerings as well as some of the key differences between them.
Jinfo for optimising your research service
If you're seeking to optimise your team's performance, benchmark against others in your industry or reporting line, or move towards automation and optimisation, Jinfo's latest resources and events can help. Jinfo's director of research, Robin Neidorf, highlights what's most relevant to those responsible for leading teams of researchers, including a preview of our original research on current awareness and intelligence systems.
Reports by Robin Neidorf:
Jinfo model - mapping technology readiness
Use Jinfo's model to map how stakeholder relationships can affect the successful introduction and uptake of technology, and how organisational-wide projects can be encouraged to flourish. Produced by Robin Neidorf
Jinfo current awareness survey 2018
As part of Jinfo's Research Focus, "Intelligence systems - beyond awareness to action" , we surveyed 102 respondents around the world and across a variety of industries about their current awareness resources and services provided. We look at whether Factiva and Nexis still dominate the...
Jinfo model - automation and optimisation
Use Jinfo's model to see what the common pitfalls and less than optimal practices are in automation and optimisation, and how to move towards best practice in your own information centre and organisation. Produced by Robin Neidorf
Jinfo model - intelligence systems
This Jinfo model for intelligence systems is based on our research and analysis of the changes in technology and user expectations impacting on current awareness and resulting in a move towards meeting the higher-value need for intelligence that directly supports business action. We identify the...
Jinfo model - current awareness provision
This Jinfo model for current awareness provision reflects what we have identified as best practice for information teams providing current awareness services. It will help you to take a close look at what is time-consuming at each step in this model, and then consider ways to apply technology to...
Jinfo research on UK legal purchasing preferences and needs 2018
Now in the eighth iteration of research into purchasing trends and preferences in the UK legal market, this year's results reflect the changes that digital and online sources and trends towards automation are having on the industry. This report: Introduces the findings Reports on...
Benchmarking and measuring your information service against others is essential in order to move forwards and progress. The second year of Jinfo's unique benchmarking research examines the key facets which can transform information centres from transactional to strategic and...
Jinfo benchmarking research 2018
As part of Jinfo's Research Focus, "Benchmark information roles - Jinfo models of excellence" , we conducted a survey plus in-depth interviews to document how information expertise is applied in different organisations, regardless of the industry, size of the team, or presence of a...
Jinfo model - maturity model for value-based operations
This Jinfo maturity model for value-based operations runs through five facets of a value-based information service and helps you identify where you are in terms of stakeholder relations, and data and processes. Produced by Robin Neidorf
Jinfo model - scaling services and capacity management
Are you struggling to reshape your team or processes to better service high-value information work? This Jinfo model details four facets of team management that will allow you to scale services and optimise your team's capacity. Produced by Robin Neidorf
Jinfo model - maturity model for query management
Query management remains the backbone of many information centres. This Jinfo model identifies key systems and processes from intake through response to management of enquiries. Use this model to identify where your information centre currently sits and how to move towards greater maturity....
Research Focus Insights and Actions "The information team with the right stuff"
What does a thriving, valuable information team need to be and need to deliver to its organisation? And how do we get there from today's starting point? These are urgent questions that compete for mental energy with the day-to-day challenges of running a busy service. Every information team...
Jinfo research - rethinking the role of information teams
As part of Jinfo's Research Focus,"The information team with the right stuff", we conducted 14 in-depth interviews with respondents across five sectors such as finance, consulting, and manufacturing, to tease out what a thriving, valuable information team should look like, what it needs to...
Jinfo benchmarking report - finance and insurance
This report shows Jinfo’s benchmarking data on information services based on data collected through January 2018. In addition to review of the full dataset of 33 respondents, this report looks at results specific to the seven respondents from the financial services and insurance...
Research Focus Insights and Actions "Stake your claim in the success of data analytics"
This "Insights and Actions" report presents: The top 3 insights from Jinfo's director of research, Robin Neidorf The practical actions you should take to stay ahead And the full thematic index of content from the Jinfo Research Focus, "Stake your claim in the success of data...
Jinfo model - improving upwards communication
A monthly report is an underused tool for effectively communicating the information centre's value. Use our model for improving upwards communication to see how you can report hard data and qualitative results in a more meaningful and influential way to your line managers; and complete our...
Jinfo survey - data analytics needs and concerns 2017
As part of Jinfo's Research Focus, "Stake your claim in the success of data analytics" , we surveyed respondents about their data analytics needs and concerns, including reporting lines for analytics projects, types of internal and external data projects, skill gaps in information centres, and...
Overview - Usecasehub from Evalueserve
In this overview we report on our early insight into Evalueserve's beta product, Usecasehub. The tool is designed to create a process framework for your company's portfolio of analytics projects from idea generation through to measurement. It's aimed at improving results, speed of time-to-market...
Jinfo current awareness survey 2017
As part of Jinfo's Research Focus, "Define and manage value for current awareness" , we surveyed 120 respondents across the world and across industries about their current awareness resources and services provided. This report includes analysis of the survey in five sections:...
Subscription update for information services management
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 Manzama In our new product...
Jinfo model for basic benchmarking
Use our model for basic benchmarking to carry out an internal assessment of your organisation against the results of our in-depth benchmarking interviews and survey. Find out how you fit the models and where you differ, and whether you need to make adjustments to optimise your structure and...
This Research Focus provides tools, research and the original data you need to evaluate your current awareness provision and plot where you are in the movement towards intelligence systems. (October - December 2018).
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