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
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Articles by Robin Neidorf:
Research update - risk assessment for every information teamThursday, 9th July 2020
Jinfo offers a wide range of resources, including our latest Briefings, a confidential online service tailored to your needs and our Focus on Risk Assessment. Find out how we can help you in our latest newsletter.
Putting the value chain togetherThursday, 2nd July 2020
This article looks at how to compile effective reports to demonstrate the value of information expertise and products and show stakeholders that an investment of resources in this area is beneficial to the business overall. It also includes a practical worksheet to help you develop your reporting framework.
Note: This article is part of the Focus on Value Chain.
Measurement - selecting and collecting dataMonday, 29th June 2020
If you've been working through the activities in our recent series of articles on the value chain, you'll no doubt be some way towards creating your own set of components of success for your organisation, covering innovation, risk management and revenue. This article guides you in the next steps on this journey by helping you define and use your datapoints to optimise your workflow.
Research update - the risky business of information licensingThursday, 25th June 2020
Although you may not be able to attend in-person industry events this spring, you can still count on Jinfo for its wealth of resources and remote events to support your information licensing and risk assessment needs. Find out what's coming up in our latest newsletter.
Your contributions to the value chainWednesday, 17th June 2020
In this article, we take a closer look at the value chain and how you can further business goals such as efficiency, innovation, and risk management. Find out how you can document information products and services to enhance the value of information.
How well do you know the value chain?Tuesday, 16th June 2020
Whilst many information teams are already aware of the information needs of their users and its value, there's always room for improvement. The activity outlined in this article will help you reassess your assumptions about the components of success, whether for efficiency, innovation or risk management and help you better understand the value chain.
Research update - Think about - and act on - information risk assessmentThursday, 11th June 2020
Taking time to think and exchange ideas about the challenges of business information is an important way to support your organisation so why not sign up for Jinfo's next Community session and give yourself this valuable time to think.
Defining success through the value chainWednesday, 10th June 2020
To demonstrate the value of your information strategy, you need to be specific about your goals. This article looks at how you can do this using Jinfo's value chain and covers the examples of efficiency, innovation, risk management and transparency, amongst others.
Research update - What happens if...? Take action on risk assessmentThursday, 28th May 2020
Find out why risk assessments are so important to your organisation by delving into Jinfo's vast range of resources on this topic, including articles, webinars and consulting assessments.
Risk assessment on information licensingThursday, 14th May 2020
Licensing third-party information comes with risks relating to access, security, accuracy and cost. Assess these risks so that you can prioritise how to address them.
Note: This article is part of the Focus on Risk Assessment.
Research update - Stop and assess your risks - practical resources for information riskThursday, 14th May 2020
In these challenging times where information is more visible than ever, the need to assess your risk becomes ever more pressing. Jinfo can provide you with the practical tools and guidance to help you manage these information-related risks.
Risk assessment on information valueMonday, 11th May 2020
Information teams are fully aware of their value but knowing how to communicate it to the organisation is key to bridging the gap between perception and value and reducing risk. This article helps you assess that risk and includes a worksheet to help you document your current value foundations.
Remote information teams assess their risksThursday, 7th May 2020
The challenging times we work in have thrown risk assessment into sharp focus, and present major challenges to information teams getting used to working remotely. This blog sets out the big questions teams must ask of themselves as they seek to demonstrate the value they bring to organisations.
Risk assessment on information team managementThursday, 7th May 2020
Working remotely within a team can initially be plain sailing but after a few weeks, productivity may begin to be adversely affected. To enable you to address the long-term risks of managing your information team, we have developed a worksheet to help you analyse and improve the key components of team management including, communication, collaboration, culture and accountability.
Risk assessment on information service qualityTuesday, 5th May 2020
Whilst your business may be running smoothly now, have you considered what would happen if an unexpected event interrupted your ability to provide a continuous, high-quality service? This article looks at some of the challenges that could arise along with a practical worksheet you can use to address them.
Research update - Name that risk... and do something about itThursday, 30th April 2020
Whilst most teams are currently coping well on a day-to-day basis, there are still many risk factors that need to be taken into account. Find out how Jinfo's risk assessments can help you understand and tackle any challenges head on.
Your optimisation toolkit - what does your team need?Thursday, 23rd April 2020
With so many tools available to help us work, collaborate and manage remotely, it can be hard to know which key features can best help us manage our workflow and manage projects. This article helps you ask the right questions and hones in on the elements that make up the basic optimisation toolkit and includes a practical worksheet you can use to help you with this.
Research update - Information teams in times of uncertaintyThursday, 9th April 2020
Whether or not you're new to remote working, Jinfo has a wide range of resources, Webinars and Community sessions available to optimise you and your team and ensure you are managing your operational risk.
COVID-19: When things get tough, information is gold; Jinfo is here to helpMonday, 30th March 2020
In these unprecedented and challenging times where individuals and teams are having to adapt to working from home, now is a good time to draw on Jinfo's wealth of knowledge and expertise in this area. Included are research-based resources, Webinars and Community sessions to help support remote team management and increase efficiency.
Research update - From DIY to hands-on assistance - Jinfo delivers impactThursday, 26th March 2020
If you're short on time, Jinfo has a wide range of useful resources available to help you define your vision, analyse the gaps between current reality and desired future state, and create the improvements that close those gaps.
Remote teams communicate better when they pay attention to three thingsThursday, 19th March 2020
A number of information teams, like much of the working world, may be facing up to the challenge of remote working as a team for the first time. Jinfo has a deep bank of knowledge and advice to call on, built up over years of work within its own operations and those of its customers. Here, we go through the three key things you need to get right.
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Jinfo survey - challenges facing information teamsMonday, 8th June 2020
Jinfo recently carried out a market research survey on behalf of Springer Nature designed to elicit the opinions of corporate information centres on open access materials, products and services and how they determine value.
The report provides analysis of user feedback from 108 respondents...
Jinfo survey - the role of information professionals in a data-driven worldThursday, 27th February 2020
This three-part report looks at the survey responses of information professionals to gauge current data-related needs and expertise amongst information teams.
This report includes three chapters:
Part 1 - introduction and survey population
Part 2 - evolving roles of information...
Jinfo model - closing the confidence gapWednesday, 5th February 2020
This model looks at the results of Jinfo's research on the professional landscape for information teams in the data-driven world, including how confident they feel in a number of data-related areas such as information sourcing and licensing. It also offers a framework for evaluating your own...
Jinfo model - real-world ROI of external dataThursday, 16th January 2020
To some, it may seem as if the ongoing value of the external data sources your organisation invests in is hard to quantify. Jinfo's model will guide you in developing your own approach, and show how your business goals should set the context on how to gauge return on investment.
Research Focus Insights and Actions "The Information Centre of Excellence - commercial, consultative, collaborative"Monday, 6th January 2020
The flexible model of an Information Centre of Excellence developed through Jinfo's research provides a framework for evaluating and improving your strategy, operations and impact by:
balancing focus on information strategy
enabling end-users throughout the organisation to access the...
Alignment with the Information Centre of Excellence modelThursday, 12th December 2019
Jinfo recently spoke to the heads of seven information services in order to better understand what contributes to an Information Centre of Excellence with our model as an example. We asked them to map their current services to the model and self-assess their departments with regard to the key...
Improving success through project pilotingThursday, 21st November 2019
In a series of articles on project piloting, we look at what it is, why it's important and how you can successfully implement projects with the use of carefully crafted purpose statements and a pilot plan. We'll also explore what you need to do at the end of every pilot project to increase its...
Jinfo research on UK legal purchasing preferences and needs 2019Thursday, 7th November 2019
Jinfo's research into purchasing trends and preferences in the UK legal market is now in its ninth year and for this year's survey we aimed for a more refined approach to create closer alignment between our questions relating to what teams value and the satisfaction ratings given to specific...
Maturity model on remote teamsTuesday, 29th October 2019
Jinfo's maturity model for successful remote teams is based on variables that make it successful including structure, process, transparency and governance. This model explores each of these in more detail with a particular focus on operations and communications.
Use these as a gauge to...
Jinfo model - "pillars of service"Monday, 7th October 2019
Your department probably has many areas of expertise that can be clustered together to form a "pillar of service" and this model explores what they are, how to define them and some worksheets to help you develop them.
By Robin Neidorf
Jinfo model - recipe capture and optimisationMonday, 7th October 2019
Having an optimised workflow involves making more efficient use of people's time and to do this you need to identify common activities by creating a "recipe" for each of them. This model looks at how you and others can achieve this with the help of our framework which enables you to make the best...
Jinfo model - "known fors"Wednesday, 2nd October 2019
Realising your value as an information professional within your organisation is key. Jinfo's model "known fors", a visioning activity that can be used as part of the strategic planning process, can help you clarify where you have the best opportunity to provide value within the organisation....
Research Focus Insights and Actions "Intelligence systems - intelligence 2020"Tuesday, 1st October 2019
In the 10 years plus we've been researching developments in news and current awareness, we've predicted and then seen a significant shift from current awareness to intelligence systems.
However, the concept of "intelligence" can be difficult to describe let alone measure. Its purpose may be...
Jinfo survey - current awareness and intelligence 2020Monday, 23rd September 2019
Every year since 2007, Jinfo has been surveying its customers about their preferences in relation to news aggregation services and current awareness. This year's survey results reveal how current awareness and intelligence systems are managed and deployed throughout the organisation.
Adopting technology for discovery 2019Wednesday, 21st August 2019
Jinfo's research on discovery tools and priorities looks at the adoption of technology for content discovery by information professionals across a range of industries. Now in its third year, we set out to build on research from the last two years with a focus on science-based research...
Jinfo model - measuring the impact of current awarenessThursday, 1st August 2019
In the age of measuring value, it's important to be able to determine the ROI of your current awareness service. Jinfo's model breaks down the variables of value and guides you through the process of determining what you're trying to achieve, how well you are achieving it, and the balance of...
Jinfo model - evaluating information productsWednesday, 24th July 2019
Jinfo has been conducting in-depth product reviews for over 15 years and during that time we've been able to devise a model to help us better evaluate information products. Find out how our model can make the product evaluation process easier for you by saving time and informing your work with...
Documenting the value chainFriday, 5th July 2019
As part of Jinfo's Research Focus, "Benchmark information services - progressing towards transformation" , we look at how the information team adds value to the business in six different areas, from growing revenue to smarter decisions. In each area we identify the steps you take in the value...
Research Focus Insights and Actions "Benchmark information services - progressing towards transformation"Friday, 28th June 2019
Now in its third year, Jinfo's benchmarking Research Focus is a unique resource specific to information professionals and essential for information centres around the world.
In this report you'll discover our top three insights from our director of research, Robin Neidorf plus links to help...
Jinfo benchmarking research 2019Friday, 28th June 2019
As part of Jinfo's Research Focus, "Benchmark information services - progressing towards transformation" , we have added to the previous two years' worth of data in areas including organisational structure, team size, areas of strategic focus and approach to content purchasing and licensing. The...
Jinfo model - reporting into central strategyTuesday, 18th June 2019
Although not that common, there's been an increase in the number of information teams reporting into a central strategy group. It offers a strategic approach to addressing the most important cross-departmental challenges of the business and as a result, we're likely to see more organisations...
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Focus on Value Chain
Document the value chain, and transform the way you think about, manage and report on your product portfolio and your information service contributions to your organisation goals.
Focus on Risk Assessment
Risk assessment to gauge the ability of your services, team, portfolio and overall value to withstand stress is a required process for a healthy information department.