Graham Southorn

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.

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Jinfo Blog Digimind Intelligence - for strategic decision-making
Thursday, 18th October 2018

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.


Jinfo Subscription How to benchmark your information team in 2018
Thursday, 2nd August 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.


Jinfo Subscription Creating the conditions for information centre success
Tuesday, 26th June 2018

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.


Jinfo Subscription Developing new skills and evolving relationships
Monday, 28th May 2018

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.


Jinfo Subscription Where do information professionals still beat AI?
Friday, 4th May 2018

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.


Jinfo Subscription Q&A with LibSource - how to choose a savvy approach to outsourcing
Friday, 27th April 2018

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.


Jinfo Subscription What does GDPR add to the Data Protection Act?
Tuesday, 24th April 2018

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.


Jinfo Subscription Q&A with HBR Consulting - meeting the demands of modern law firms
Monday, 23rd April 2018

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.


Jinfo Subscription The benefits of analytics and how to create a use-case
Thursday, 5th April 2018

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.


Jinfo Subscription How can culture and use-cases create analytics success?
Wednesday, 7th March 2018

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.


Jinfo Subscription Become an authority on external data for analytics
Wednesday, 31st January 2018

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.


Jinfo Blog My Favourite Tipples from a writer and editor
Wednesday, 24th January 2018

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.


Jinfo Subscription How will news provision look in 2020?
Wednesday, 6th December 2017

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.


Jinfo Subscription How to balance shrinking spend with the high cost of premium databases
Friday, 24th November 2017

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.


Jinfo Subscription How to make mergers and acquisitions work for you
Wednesday, 15th November 2017

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.


Jinfo Subscription Technology drivers in current awareness
Wednesday, 1st November 2017

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.


Jinfo Subscription Is it time for a new current awareness platform?
Friday, 27th October 2017

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 Blog Jinfo Reviews Euromonitor Competitor Analytics - a Unique Tool for FMCG Data
Tuesday, 29th March 2016

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 Blog Jinfo Reviews PatSeer Premier - Easy & Intuitive Patents Searches
Thursday, 17th March 2016

Our product review of PatSeer Premier involved thorough scrutiny of sources, technology and value. Find out what we thought of this global patents database.


Jinfo Blog LexisNexis Newsdesk - Monitor & Analyse Emerging Trends
Monday, 7th March 2016

Our product review of LexisNexis Newsdesk involved thorough scrutiny of sources, technology and value. Find out more.


Jinfo Blog PrivCo - Proprietary Data on Private Companies
Thursday, 25th February 2016

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.


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