Scott Vine

Scott Vine has over 20 years of experience working in the library and information sector, both in the public and private sectors. He is currently senior information officer for the Telecoms, Media and Technology practice area of the global law firm Clifford Chance LLP.

In his current role he is responsible for managing the information and research needs of his group of lawyers, is involved in various firm-wide information projects and is editor and manager of the firm's Online Services' Client Alerter products for Communications and Media, and Energy. He has previously written for a number of publications including Electronic Business Law, Computers & Law, and Internet Newsletter for Lawyers, as well as writing film and restaurant reviews for the legal website Law & More. He maintains a personal blog - Information Overlord - where he comments on a variety of information and legal topics as well as posting reviews of books read as a reviewer for Net Galley. He is also a member of the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL) Web Committee.

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Articles by Scott Vine:


Jinfo Subscription Q&A with Thomson Reuters Open Calais - tagging unstructured data
Thursday, 5th July 2018

Thomson Reuters is a global leader in the provision of legal, business and financial solutions to those in a range of industries. Open Calais uses open source NLP and machine learning algorithms that have been trained using Thomson Reuters' curated content that supports people, places, companies, facts, topics and events. Jinfo recently caught up with Ofer Harari, product expert and engagement manager for Intelligent Tagging at Open Calais to find out more about the product and its underlying technology, which uses natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning algorithms. We also highlight some use-cases and see how it can add value.


Jinfo Subscription Product review of RefTracker from Altarama (value - help & training; competitors; development; pricing)
Thursday, 26th April 2018

The final part of our product review of Altarama's RefTracker, a browser-based reference and request management system, looks at the value and flexibility of the product and in particular how it can be evolved over time. The help options are also explored as well as its competition, including EOS International, Lucidea's SydneyPlus, InMagic and Softlink's Illumin, Compendium's DeskTracker and Priory Solutions' Quest.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2990


Jinfo Subscription Product review of RefTracker from Altarama (technology - search & user interface; outputs & alerts; administration)
Wednesday, 25th April 2018

Part three of our product review of Altarama's RefTracker, a browser-based reference and enquiry management system, looks at the options available when setting up the product, a detailed look at how enquiries are dealt with, as well as a closer look at the knowledge database and the many reports that are available for output.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2990


Jinfo Subscription Product review of RefTracker from Altarama (sources - content & coverage)
Tuesday, 24th April 2018

In the second part of our product review of Altarama's RefTracker, a browser-based reference and request management system, we look at the wide variety of sources that can be added to this enquiry management system, as well as the ability to create a knowledge database to help save time. We also highlight the many language options available within the product and how this benefits an organisation.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2990


Jinfo Subscription Product review of RefTracker from Altarama (key advantages; introduction; contact details)
Monday, 23rd April 2018

RefTracker from Altarama is a browser-based reference and request management system and is used globally by libraries, museums and archive services, as well as a host of corporate clients in sectors such as banking and finance, defence, energy, healthcare, insurance, law, manufacturing, media, pharma and publishing. In the first part of our product review, we take a closer look at the product and company behind it as well as some of the ways it can benefit an organisation, who its key competitors are and how the product is likely to evolve in the near future.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2990


Jinfo Subscription Product review of M-360 (value - help & training; competitors; development; pricing)
Tuesday, 27th February 2018

In the final part of Jinfo's product review of Opoint Technology's M-360, a web-based news monitoring tool from M-Brain Norway, we look at the overall value offered by the product, including the help and training available, its mobile phone app and pricing. We also take a look at its competitors, including Retriever, Meltwater and Moreover and find out what plans it has to develop the product.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2947


Jinfo Subscription Product review of M-360 (technology - search & user interface; outputs & alerts; administration)
Monday, 26th February 2018

In the third part of Jinfo's product review of Opoint Technology's M-360, a web-based news monitoring tool from M-Brain Norway, we look at its technology. Specifically, the user interface and search functionality and how it collates its many sources. We also look at alerts, feeds, reports and statistics available as well as the administrator's role within the product.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2947


Jinfo Subscription Product review of M-360 (sources - content & coverage)
Friday, 23rd February 2018

The second part of Jinfo's review of M-360, a web-based news monitoring tool from M-Brain Norway, looks at the product's content sources, including major newspapers, journals, radio and magazines, as well as country coverage, languages and media channels.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2947


Jinfo Subscription Product review of M-360 (key advantages; introduction; contact details)
Thursday, 22nd February 2018

M-360 is a web-based tool from M-Brain Norway that lets users search across a wide variety of sources. It can be used to monitor and analyse topics, organisations, and people in real-time and it's used by those working in public relations, information, business development and journalism. In the first part of our product review, we look at the company and product, value, who it competes with, and future development plans.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2947


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Aurora FirstLight (help & training; administration; competitors; pricing)
Tuesday, 30th January 2018

In the final part of Jinfo's product review of Aurora FirstLight, a powerful competitive intelligence platform with access to over 67,000 media sources, we take a look at the product's ability to act as a bespoke intelligence backbone, with access to LexisNexis content and social media tracking that can serve any size organisation. We also explore what support is available and how responsive this was. Finally, we see how administrators can derive value from the product and who its competitors, are along with pricing options.  

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2937


Jinfo Subscription Northern Light applies powerful machine learning to its search functionality
Monday, 29th January 2018

Northern Light has recently applied machine learning to its global search functionality to provide summaries of internal market research reports and business news articles for competitive intelligence analysis. According to the company, it is the first really new improvement to search in over 20 years. In this article, we take a look at how it came to be and how it can add value.


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Aurora FirstLight (technology - search & user interface; outputs & alerts; administration)
Monday, 29th January 2018

In the third part of Jinfo's product review of Aurora FirstLight, a powerful current awareness and intelligence search platform with access to over 67,000 media sources, we focus on its search and user interface. Some of the product's key features include the flexible widget options, customisable newsletter templates, page tracking functionality, newsfeeds dashboards and visualisation options.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2937


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Aurora FirstLight (sources - content & coverage)
Friday, 26th January 2018

In part two of Jinfo's product review of Aurora's FirstLight, we highlight the product's sources, including news databases, company financials, as well as access to LexisNexis Metabase content. It also lists the product's languages and geographical coverage.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2937


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Aurora FirstLight (key advantages; introduction; contact details)
Thursday, 25th January 2018

FirstLight is a Software as a Service (SaaS) product that uses machine-learning algorithms to mine a variety of public and private data sources which organisations can use to make better and more informed decisions. In part one of Jinfo's review, we introduce the company and platform, its audience, key advantages, value and development plans.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2937


Jinfo Subscription Product review of DrugPatentWatch (value - help & training; competitors; development; pricing)
Wednesday, 24th January 2018

In the final part of our product review of DrugPatentWatch, a database which provides actionable business intelligence on small-molecule drugs, we look at the help and training that's available to users along with detailed pricing information. We also highlight the value of the product and how it can be used as a business analysis tool rather than just be used for patent searching, and where it sits against competitor or complementary products such as Cortellis, Clarivate and AdisInsight.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2934


Jinfo Subscription Product review of DrugPatentWatch (technology - search & user interface; outputs & alerts; administration)
Tuesday, 23rd January 2018

The third part of Jinfo's product review of DrugPatentWatch, a database which provides actionable business intelligence on small-molecule drugs, we highlight the search interface and functionality, provide a detailed look at the content and sources available in the product, typical use-cases as well as outputs and alerts available and its administrative capabilities.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2934


Jinfo Subscription Product review of DrugPatentWatch (sources - content & coverage)
Monday, 22nd January 2018

In part two of our product review of DrugPatentWatch, a database which provides patent information from the US and worldwide along with other actionable business intelligence on small-molecule drugs, we take a look at its strengths and weaknesses and content and sources.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2934


Jinfo Subscription Product review of DrugPatentWatch (key advantages; introduction; contact details)
Friday, 19th January 2018

We carry out an in-depth product review of DrugPatentWatch, a database which provides actionable business intelligence on small-molecule drugs and patents and was founded by Yali Friedman, named one of the 100 most influential people in biotechnology. Part one of the review introduces the product and company behind it, along with its key advantages, competitors and how the product is likely to evolve.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2934


Jinfo Subscription Product walkthrough - RightFind XML for Mining
Thursday, 11th January 2018

RightFind XML for Mining is one of the business products and services offered by the Copyright Clearance Center. It enables you to quickly identify and download a collection of full-text articles from multiple publishers through a single source giving you a complete article collection for text mining. In this mini review, Jinfo takes a look at the sources, coverage and search functionality as well as future developments for the product.


Jinfo Subscription Will information professionals help drive the data analytics train or be left on the platform?
Friday, 10th November 2017

Businesses and organisations are constantly looking for the next thing that can give them a competitive edge, whether financially or operationally, and most are now turning to data analytics to give them that edge. Information professionals have been helping their users find and make sense of information for centuries and clearly have the skills needed for these types of projects. This article looks at what skills information professionals can contribute to data analytics projects, where these skills can be used and, more importantly, how to showcase them to others.


Jinfo Subscription Mini review of PatentAdvisor
Thursday, 24th August 2017

Scott Vine reports on a fresh review of PatentAdvisor from Reed Tech, a LexisNexis company. This is a patent search database whose focus is more on the process, examiners, and assessing the relative chance of success or failure of patent grants and prosecutions. 

This review covers changes and developments since Jinfo's last review in 2015, including the addition of the Prosecution Guidebook data and the PathWays service; discusses PatentAdvisor's value; presents its user interface and search features; looks at the pricing model; and identifies its training and help options. We also note competitors in the field, including Juristat and Examiner Ninja.


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Reports by Scott Vine:


Jinfo Subscription Product review of RefTracker from Altarama
Monday, 23rd April 2018

Altarama's RefTracker is a browser-based reference and enquiry management system whose clients are based all over the world in corporate clients from banking, finance, defence, energy, healthcare, insurance, law, manufacturing, media and pharmaceuticals as well as libraries, museums, federal and...


Jinfo Subscription Product review of M-360
Thursday, 22nd February 2018

Opoint Technology's M-360 is a web-based tool from M-Brain, a Finnish information services, technology and advisory company. It is one of the world's leading media monitoring products and allows subscribers to search across a wide variety of sources by crawling and indexing over four billion...


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Aurora FirstLight
Thursday, 25th January 2018

Aurora's FirstLight is a Software as a Service (SaaS) product and a powerful competitive intelligence product that uses machine-learning algorithms to mine public and private data sources and can help organisations make more informed business decisions. The product appeals to library and...


Jinfo Subscription Product review of DrugPatentWatch
Friday, 19th January 2018

DrugPatentWatch from thinkBiotech is a database which provides actionable business intelligence on small-molecule drugs; this review highlights how the product's focused approach could be a key strength. The review discusses whether DrugPatentWatch can offer an effective way to profile global...


Jinfo Subscription Product review of PatentInspiration
Thursday, 7th July 2016

PatentInspiration is a global patent database allowing you to search and analyse patents through a freemium model. Patent information from over 100 countries is available and the product's key strength is in its analytics and visualisation tools. This review: Introduces parent...


Jinfo Subscription Market landscape - discovery systems
Thursday, 28th April 2016

This report covers the products we consider to be the "big four" discovery services: EBSCO Discovery Service Ex Libris Primo ProQuest Summon WorldCat Discovery from OCLC. We provide a brief description of each source, a link to the homepage and product page, and links to...


Jinfo Subscription Product Review of ProQuest Summon
Thursday, 21st April 2016

ProQuest Summon is a discovery service used by corporate clients as well as academic, offering a single, unified index and providing users with access to thousands of resources via one platform. This review: Introduces the company and product and provides contact details...


Jinfo Subscription Product Review of PatSeer Premier
Tuesday, 15th March 2016

PatSeer Premier is a global patent database and research platform with integrated analytics and collaboration capabilities. This review: Introduces parent company Gridlogics and its product offerings, pinpoints the target audience, key advantages of the product, and provides contact...


Jinfo Subscription Product Review of Questel ORBIT IP
Monday, 22nd February 2016

Questel ORBIT IP is the company's key patent search product that integrates Questel's global patent family database with powerful search and review tools. This review: Looks at how it sits with Questel's other online tools, the consequences of a recent acquisition, the product's...


Jinfo Subscription Product Review of Thomson Innovation
Friday, 18th December 2015

Review of Thomson Innovation, Thomson Reuters' primary patent database. This review: Discusses the main audience for the product, and its key value, including a unique selling point and other features which make it stand out. Looks in-depth at the content and coverage and...


Jinfo Subscription Product Review of Westlaw UK
Monday, 14th September 2015

Westlaw UK is one of the legal and business products in the Thomson Reuters stable. Designed for fee-earning lawyers just as much as library and information professionals, it aims to be a one-stop-shop, pulling together a number of primary and secondary legal resources UK-wide. This review:...


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