Wednesday, 3rd July 2019
My Favourite Tipples are shared by Andrew Lucas, a freelance researcher, writer and consultant working in the information and knowledge sectors. Here he shares his go-to sources for information on digital topics, company reports and more.
Keeping up to date with information practice and technology is essential for me. One of my roles, contributing editor at Jinfo, requires understanding the challenges faced by information professionals and the solutions available to meet them. The information resources highlighted in my selection below are some of the ones I use on a regular basis to help me to achieve that understanding, as well as sources I use for some of my consultancy engagements. They are:
Google Alerts: This can be something of a scattergun tool for finding content, but Alerts are a great way of tapping into the wide range of news from the web and they occasionally throw up unexpected nuggets. I have permanent Alerts running on a range of information topics, as well as those I set up for individual projects.
McKinsey Insights: At the other end of the spectrum from Google Alerts, McKinsey & Company provides very focused coverage. There's some great in-depth analysis of digital topics, such as artificial intelligence, and more esoteric subjects like blockchain. I find they are a good way to get a view of the bigger picture and to understand some of the tectonic shifts that are taking place in the digital world.
Companies House: This is a wonderful free resource for finding information on the 4 million private and public companies in the UK. I sometimes think users in the UK do not fully appreciate how lucky they are to have easy access to so much company data compared to the situation in many other parts of the world.
An article in Jinfo I found particularly interesting:
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