Graham is a freelance writer and editor specialising in business, science and technology. He is a former editor of magazines including South West Business Insider, BBC Focus, and BBC Sky at Night, which he launched in 2005.
Since qualifying with a postgraduate diploma in journalism from Cardiff University, he has written for numerous titles including The Guardian, HERE 360, and the Royal Statistical Society's Significance magazine. His article for Significance was included in The Best Writing on Mathematics 2017, published by Princeton University Press. He co-authored a book, Physics Squared, which was published in 2016.
Graham enjoys chairing live events, including round table discussions and debates with entrepreneurs and business leaders. He has also chaired judging panels for business awards including Insider's International Trade Awards, the South West Property Awards and Made in the South West.
Articles by Graham Southorn:
Digimind Intelligence - for strategic decision-making
Find out why we reviewed the web- and news-monitoring tool Digimind Intelligence and how it helps you stay one step ahead of your competitors.
How to benchmark your information team in 2018
Comparing our information services to others and looking for ways to improve them is vital for any information team. A recent webinar focused on Jinfo's benchmarking research in this area and this article reports on its findings, looking specifically at the data provided by information teams in relation to reporting lines, services and customers, and measuring value, and how they use it to demonstrate value to their organisations.
Creating the conditions for information centre success
Constant change is a fact of life in the information profession today and the pace of change is not slowing down. In a recent webinar, Jinfo's director of research, Robin Neidorf, discussed how team leaders can not only survive, but thrive, at a time when strategy, services and operations are all evolving. She described a structure used by many successful information teams to think about everyday tasks, and three factors that are critical to success in a fast-changing environment.
Developing new skills and evolving relationships
Information teams of the future will have different responsibilities and will need a whole new set of skills as a result. In a recent Jinfo webinar, guest presenter Kim Dority outlined the range of necessary new skills and compared them to an information professional's existing skill set. She presented ideas on how to develop these skills within teams and how this would make them more valued in their organisations as a result.
Where do information professionals still beat AI?
With artificial intelligence (AI) becoming ever more sophisticated, its role in research is certain to grow considerably in the coming years. Yet AI is nowhere near matching human intelligence in some areas, and that's likely to remain the case for the foreseeable future. A recent Jinfo webinar looked at ways in which information professionals can forge the most effective partnerships with machines in order to make their teams fit for the future.
Q&A with LibSource - how to choose a savvy approach to outsourcing
Graham Southorn spoke to Eleanor Windsor, vice president of client engagement, UK & EMEA, at LibSource, to discover how outsourcing can benefit a wide variety of organisations. LibSource has expertise in research knowledge management and information management. The conversation covered costs, in-house expertise and the fall of Carillion.
What does GDPR add to the Data Protection Act?
In February, SLA Europe president, Katharine Schopflin, presented a webinar in which she examined the imminent changes to existing data protection legislation. This article presents some of the highlights from this webinar and looks at some of the myths around the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and what organisations need to do to be compliant.
Q&A with HBR Consulting - meeting the demands of modern law firms
Jinfo interviewed Donna Terjesen, managing director of research and information services at HBR Consulting, to find out more about its outsourced library solutions for law firms and corporations. We discover how outsourcing can bring additional skills to the table as well as cost savings and why it is seen in a positive light by those who use it.
The benefits of analytics and how to create a use-case
When analytics projects don't deliver it's usually because the use-case wasn't clearly defined and insufficient thought went into measuring the benefits. In a recent Jinfo webinar, Marc Vollenweider of Evalueserve took a detailed look at everything that goes into defining a use-case, as well as the future role of information professionals in the brave new world of data analytics.
How can culture and use-cases create analytics success?
With greater use of analytics in organisations large and small, the licensing of data - especially from third parties - is a growing challenge. In a recent Jinfo Community session, participants discussed how they tackle this thorny issue, as well as educating stakeholders in their organisations and planning for much greater use of analytics in the future.
Become an authority on external data for analytics
How best to manage data, whether it's produced internally or externally, is an area that many information teams are finding increasingly complex, and one that technology alone cannot fix. In a recent Community session, participants discussed the ownership and visibility of data, and how to keep sets correct, clean and complete for analytics, text and data mining.
My Favourite Tipples from a writer and editor
My Favourite Tipples are shared by Graham Southorn, a freelance journalist and writer on topics from physics to mathematics, business and technology. He shares some of his preferred online resources in the areas of bookmarking, grammar checking and fonts.
How will news provision look in 2020?
What will current awareness services look like in the next few years? Jinfo's latest Community session set out to answer this question by looking at what information teams provide today, and what users can expect in the future. Technological trends may reduce some of the manual burdens, allowing information teams to focus on higher-value services. Participants discussed ways in which organisations can prepare for future technological changes and make their services more effective and cost-efficient.
How to balance shrinking spend with the high cost of premium databases
Premium databases like Factiva and Nexis continue to account for a significant proportion of organisations' spending on current awareness provision, according to research by Jinfo. With decision-makers likely to query whether or not they still represent good value, a recent Jinfo webinar looked at how you can evaluate all aspects of your service to determine whether or not premium products still meet your business objectives.
How to make mergers and acquisitions work for you
There have been several major mergers and acquisitions in the information services sector in recent years. In many cases, information teams have been left in the dark as to whether the capabilities of their existing products would remain unchanged, and whether prices would rise as a result. A recent Community session brought together information professionals to discuss the opportunities and challenges this presents and, in this article, Graham Southorn discusses some of the mergers along with ways to address any issues that may arise.
Technology drivers in current awareness
A recent Jinfo webinar addressed the issue of how technological improvements are providing new ways of supporting information teams in providing current awareness services, including all-in-one platforms, content-agnostic platforms and ad-hoc solutions. In this article, Graham Southorn reports on some of the webinar's highlights, including the vendor landscape around current awareness and relevant findings from our research, to help you consider how you might effectively incorporate technology into your solutions.
Is it time for a new current awareness platform?
A recent Jinfo Community session discussed the factors involved in deciding whether or not to switch to a new current awareness platform, and if one that covers every step in the pipeline really makes sense. Prior to the session, participants completed a survey asking about the types of sources they currently use and the relative importance of different factors in choosing a new platform. This article looks at some of those factors and highlights some of the feedback received from participants.
Jinfo Reviews Euromonitor Competitor Analytics - a Unique Tool for FMCG Data
Our product review of Competitor Analytics highlights how this unique tool draws on the data in Euromonitor's Passport to analyse interrelated FMCG industry data across 80 countries.
Jinfo Reviews PatSeer Premier - Easy & Intuitive Patents Searches
Our product review of PatSeer Premier involved thorough scrutiny of sources, technology and value. Find out what we thought of this global patents database.
LexisNexis Newsdesk - Monitor & Analyse Emerging Trends
Our product review of LexisNexis Newsdesk involved thorough scrutiny of sources, technology and value. Find out more.
PrivCo - Proprietary Data on Private Companies
PrivCo goes to great lengths to verify the accuracy of its information on private companies. But will it be enough to satisfy information managers? Find out more in our product review.
This Research Focus provides you with the insights and tools you need to be a technology-savvy partner and advisor on information technology-related projects. (January - March 2019).
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