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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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.


Jinfo Blog Transferring zeroes and ones - getting around file format issues [ABSTRACT]
Wednesday, 1st September 2010

It is the seemingly small problems that can irritate us the most and take up a disproportionate amount of time to fix, like not being able to open a file because you have the wrong version of the software, or not being able to send a large file by email because of size restrictions. So these tips from Martin Belam will help to calm those frustrations.


Jinfo Subscription Transferring zeroes and ones - getting around file format issues
Wednesday, 1st September 2010

It is the seemingly small problems that can irritate us the most and take up a disproportionate amount of time to fix, like not being able to open a file because you have the wrong version of the software, or not being able to send a large file by email because of size restrictions. So these tips from Martin Belam will help to calm those frustrations.


Jinfo Blog A short look at URL Shorteners [ABSTRACT]
Wednesday, 4th August 2010

Although URL shortening services first started in 2002 with the introduction of tinyurl.com, it is the increasing use of the social media, particularly those with restricted message lengths, that has led to an explosion in their use. Martin Belam looks at how these services work and explores the advantages and disadvantages of using them.


Jinfo Subscription A short look at URL Shorteners
Wednesday, 4th August 2010

Although URL shortening services first started in 2002 with the introduction of tinyurl.com, it is the increasing use of the social media, particularly those with restricted message lengths, that has led to an explosion in their use. Martin Belam looks at how these services work and explores the advantages and disadvantages of using them.


Jinfo Blog Presentation tools: Beyond PowerPoint [ABSTRACT]
Tuesday, 9th March 2010

In an age where an ability to produce a compelling slide presentation can be a means of improving job stability or garnering attention for an underappreciated project or department, Powerpoint skills can be critical. But the Microsoft presentation software isn't the only game in town, as Martin Belam explains in this look at paid and free alternatives.


Jinfo Subscription Presentation tools: Beyond PowerPoint
Tuesday, 9th March 2010

In an age where an ability to produce a compelling slide presentation can be a means of improving job stability or garnering attention for an underappreciated project or department, Powerpoint skills can be critical. But the Microsoft presentation software isn't the only game in town, as Martin Belam explains in this look at paid and free alternatives.


Jinfo Blog Trends for 2010: Information Sharing [ABSTRACT]
Monday, 7th December 2009

As 2009 limps to a close, all eyes are on the road ahead - with a hope that it will prove smoother than where we've been in the past twelve months. Martin Belam shares his predictions and resolutions for those of us who 'Share' information for a living.


Jinfo Subscription Trends for 2010: Information Sharing
Monday, 7th December 2009

As 2009 limps to a close, all eyes are on the road ahead - with a hope that it will prove smoother than where we've been in the past twelve months. Martin Belam shares his predictions and resolutions for those of us who 'Share' information for a living.


Jinfo Blog Copyright and Content: Sharing in a Digital Age [ABSTRACT]
Thursday, 21st May 2009

In our digital age, copyright takes on a new urgency for publishers and corporate content consumers. Martin Belam sits down with Mark Bide, Project Director for ACAP, a protocol to allow machines to automatically understand the terms and conditions of content re-use over the Internet, to talk about how it can underpin legal use of protected data assets.


Jinfo Subscription Copyright and Content: Sharing in a Digital Age
Thursday, 21st May 2009

In our digital age, copyright takes on a new urgency for publishers and corporate content consumers. Martin Belam sits down with Mark Bide, Project Director for ACAP, a protocol to allow machines to automatically understand the terms and conditions of content re-use over the Internet, to talk about how it can underpin legal use of protected data assets.


Jinfo Blog Euro IA Review [ABSTRACT]
Sunday, 2nd November 2008

At the recent EuroIA Summit in Amsterdam, delegates focused on ‘redrawing the map' - the power of Information Architecture to enable information sharing across all kinds of borders. Martin Belam reviews the sessions and provides a preview for the 2009 summit.


Jinfo Subscription Euro IA Review
Sunday, 2nd November 2008

At the recent EuroIA Summit in Amsterdam, delegates focused on ‘redrawing the map' - the power of Information Architecture to enable information sharing across all kinds of borders. Martin Belam reviews the sessions and provides a preview for the 2009 summit.


Jinfo Blog RSS Feeds: Managing the Mechanism [ABSTRACT]
Saturday, 1st March 2008

The great promise of RSS feeds was that they would save us from information overload. However, when subscribing to more feeds every day is just a click away, we can all too easily become swamped by the very mechanism that was meant to help us.


Jinfo Subscription RSS Feeds: Managing the Mechanism
Saturday, 1st March 2008


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