Martin Belam

Martin Belam is Information Architect for guardian.co.uk. Before joining The Guardian, he worked as an Internet Consultant with organisations like the BBC, Sony, Vodafone and the Science Museum.

Martin also blogs about information architecture and the media at currybet.net and can be found on Twitter as @currybet.

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Articles by Martin Belam:


Jinfo Blog Space shuttles and parrots: Providing incentives for collaboration and knowledge sharing
Tuesday, 20th March 2012

Can prizes encourage collaboration and knowledge sharing on the corporate intranet? ConocoPhillips and BP Amoco seem to think so.


Jinfo Blog Grovo's fresh approach to video tutorials
Wednesday, 14th March 2012

Video site Grovo is taking a new approach to providing tutorial content about the web - promising that their up-to-date content makes Google searches for similar topics look stale by comparison. But does it come at too high a price?


Jinfo Blog Do you have a social media risk strategy?
Wednesday, 7th March 2012

A recent study has suggested that many UK companies have a "chaotic" social media policy. Where can you find resources to help mitigate social media risk to your organisation?


Jinfo Blog Duedil.com ushers in a new era of open corporate data
Wednesday, 29th February 2012

For a long time the preserve of dusty legal and financial databases, services like Duedil and Openly Local are making the corporate financial data of the UK easier than ever for people to research on the web.


Jinfo Blog Who influences the influencers? Visualising Twitter
Wednesday, 22nd February 2012

Visualising Twitter networks is one way to help verify social media sources and pull presentable data out of the noise. But how do you go about doing it? Sam Martin has written up a great case study to help you learn.


Jinfo Blog The social intranet - white paper, case study, webinar and a PR stunt
Tuesday, 21st February 2012

The so-called "social intranet" has been the next-big-thing for years. Over the last few days a white paper, a case study, a webinar and a PR stunt on the topic have all caught my eye.


Jinfo Blog Strategic use of social media - Heron & Hughes at news:rewired
Wednesday, 8th February 2012

At the news:rewired event in London last week, Liz Heron and Nicola Hughes both gave great insights into their uses of social media. At the New York Times Liz is mostly concerned with the best strategic way for the paper to use social media, whilst Nicola Hughes uses social media as a powerful investigative tool.


Jinfo Blog No dinosaurs: The Field Museum's very modern take on digital media
Saturday, 28th January 2012

An interview with Chicago's Field Museum CIO has revealed their interesting approach to web publishing, social media, and building apps to attract children to find out more about the exhibits. They've worked closely with the scientists to make the best use of the museum's information. How would your organisation approach such a project?


Jinfo Blog Is Pinterest of interest to the info pro?
Saturday, 21st January 2012

Pinterest - the social network that allows you to create a virtual pinboard of things you've collected from around the world - is rapidly growing in use. What role might it play in the digital world of the information professional?


Jinfo Blog When will your intranet get mobile?
Tuesday, 17th January 2012

A quick glance around technology predictions for this year soon reveals that a lot of people expect 2012 to be a massive year for mobile. What does this mean for the intranet? Here are a few resources to help you work out where your intranet ought to be heading.


Jinfo Blog Would you like some social with your search? Google launches "Search, plus Your World"
Monday, 16th January 2012

Google has given its own Google+ social service a massive boost in the search rankings with the launch of "Search, plus Your World" - perhaps the biggest change to Google results for a decade. The company says it is "transforming Google into a search engine that understands not only content, but also people and relationships.


Jinfo Blog Twitter list management
Sunday, 8th January 2012

If you are running a social media presence, or using social media as research tools, then there a couple of things worth noting in Hunter Walk's blog about how we tend to inevitably add more noise to our social media than we need to. Particularly pertinent is the idea that following back anybody who follows you on Twitter is the "polite" and correct thing to do. It seems rude not to. But as humans ourselves there is a limit to the number of information sources we can manage.


Jinfo Blog Investigating the uses for (and usefulness of) Google+
Wednesday, 4th January 2012

After Google Buzz and Google Wave, most people consider Google+ to be the company's third attempt to "do" social software. They've clearly got a large user base for search and Gmail, which they hope to convert to using the service. 2012 is probably the make or break year for Google+ having, it seems, performed better than many analysts expected in 2011.


Jinfo Blog "Frictionless sharing" - exploring the changes to Facebook
Tuesday, 3rd January 2012

End users of Facebook may well be divided in their opinion of the introduction of frictionless sharing, but Martin Belam’s article will forewarn you about its effect on metadata, audit trails and content publishing, so that you can be forearmed.


Jinfo Subscription "Frictionless sharing" - exploring the changes to Facebook
Tuesday, 3rd January 2012

End users of Facebook may well be divided in their opinion of the introduction of frictionless sharing, but Martin Belam’s article will forewarn you about its effect on metadata, audit trails and content publishing, so that you can be forearmed.


Jinfo Blog Write here, right now - how Tumblr changed blogging: Part two
Thursday, 1st September 2011

In the second part of a two-part article, Will Myddelton and Martin Belam look at how Tumblr is being used by a range of organisations, from libraries to news organisations, and how easy it is to search for niche information and follow tumblelogs.


Jinfo Subscription Write here, right now - how Tumblr changed blogging: Part 2
Thursday, 1st September 2011

In the second part of a two-part article, Will Myddelton and Martin Belam look at how Tumblr is being used by a range of organisations, from libraries to news organisations, and how easy it is to search for niche information and follow tumblelogs.


Jinfo Blog Write here, right now - how Tumblr changed blogging: Part One [ABSTRACT]
Monday, 1st August 2011

Tumblr may not be as well known as Wordpress or Twitter but it offers an interesting alternative because it is easy to set up, and allows you to publish as much or as little as you want using a free iPhone app, by email or by phone. In this first part of a two-part article, Will Myddelton and Martin Belam explain why Tumblr is popular.


Jinfo Subscription Write here, right now - how Tumblr changed blogging: Part 1
Monday, 1st August 2011

Tumblr may not be as well known as Wordpress or Twitter but it offers an interesting alternative because it is easy to set up, and allows you to publish as much or as little as you want using a free iPhone app, by email or by phone. In this first part of a two-part article, Will Myddelton and Martin Belam explain why Tumblr is popular.


Jinfo Blog HTML5 for Information Professionals [ABSTRACT]
Tuesday, 4th January 2011

HTML5, with its 30 news tags, is not ‘just’ another version of HTML, it promises to bring changes that will be welcomed by information professionals as well as techies. Not only will it be easier to extract data from web pages but it will alsobe simpler to deliver the same article content over multiple platforms, and in multiple formats. Share Contributing Editor Martin Belam provides a non-technical overview of what to expect.


Jinfo Subscription HTML5 for Information Professionals
Tuesday, 4th January 2011

HTML5, with its 30 news tags, is not ‘just’ another version of HTML, it promises to bring changes that will be welcomed by information professionals as well as techies. Not only will it be easier to extract data from web pages but it will also be simpler to deliver the same article content over multiple platforms, and in multiple formats. Share Contributing Editor Martin Belam provides a non-technical overview of what to expect.


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