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FreePint 5th November 2009


My Favourite Tipples

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FUMSI Features

  • JISC: Applications for Inclusion
  • Get to Know Your Plumbing: Protecting Your Organisation From Leaking 'Soft Information'

VIP Features

  • Findings of researchers' testing of Capital IQ and Digimind 7
  • Recent VIP Horizon items
  • Recent postings to the LiveWire

Jinfo - Jobs and Events

Jobs in Information:

  • Knowledge Manager
  • Team Leader
  • Assistant Librarian x 2
  • Research Intern
  • Knowledge Manager
  • Information / Database Manager - 12 months

Events in Information:

  • Creating a Brand Identity
  • Online Information 2009
  • Taxonomy Boot Camp
  • KMWorld
  • Enterprise Search Summit West

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By Robin Neidorf

Robin NeidorfIn the world of information, there's a constant tension between spreading information around and locking it down. Info pros have a natural inclination towards access - their training is all about helping others find and access the information that will enable them to be more effective. But controlling access is equally important. Whether for compliance, privacy, or counter-intelligence, restricting access is a critical component of information risk management.

Current FUMSI articles provide practical insight on both sides of this tension. Margaret McKay offers up an article on JISC's efforts to make educational materials more inclusive and accessible. The original impetus for inclusion grew out of the need to accommodate different learning abilities, but a whole range of user needs benefit from JISC's initiatives.

Stopping the flowOn the other end of the spectrum lies Karen Lawrence Oqvist's article on how to prevent information leakages from your organisation. Her article will be part of this month's FUMSI Report: Folio on Information Security -- take a minute to complete the brief survey on information security policies and practices at your organisation, and receive a free copy of the report.

How information is shared or controlled is also a key theme in FreePint's Copyright Research Project. Phase 1 survey results are coming in, and many respondents report their concern over inadvertent sharing of licensed content outside the terms of use. So far, respondents report relying primarily on employee training (one-time and ongoing) over technological tools to help them control usage. Making sure all employees understand the risks is among their top priorities.

But another reported priority is equally telling: Expanding access to content. Broader licensing reduces the risks associated with misuse, and at the same time fulfills that underlying need of information professionals: get the content in the hands of as many users as possible.

There's still time to participate in the Phase 1 survey, so if you manage copyrighted resources for your department or organisation, please complete the survey. Phase 2 will survey end users about their behaviours, so please also register for notification to participate.

If you want to learn more about this project -- and about the rest of FreePint's plans for research, reports, and publications in 2010 -- there's no better time or place than at our stand, No.122, at Online Information 2009 in London, 1 - 3 December. As a sponsor of FreePint's Copyright Research Project, Dialog will be hosting a briefing on the project at their stand on Thursday. I'll be giving a talk based on the results of VIP's 'News Needs and Preferences' survey, discussing the balance between free and fee in today's content portfolios on Wednesday. Complete our RSVP form to let us know you'll be there, and we'll keep you informed.

Robin Neidorf
General Manager

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 My Favourite Tipples

Lou Taylor

By Lou Taylor

The web enables all of us to share stories and be 'journalists' for free! At a time when traditional print journalism is increasingly moving towards online news content, my favourite blogs are those with a focus on online media, web technologies and knowledge management.

  • One man and his blog -- a media blog by Adam Tinworth, who comments on the power of Twitter for freedom of speech: After a court order prevented the Guardian reporting on a Parliamentary question, editor in chief Alan Rusbridger took matters to Twitter. Tweeters pieced the story together about Trafigura (oil trader accused of dumping toxic waste in the Ivory Coast, Africa) and the injunction was withdrawn. Read about the power of Twitter in Tinworth's blog entry, 'The Day Twitter Destroyed a Gagging Order'.

  • BITS -- 'Business, Innovation, Technology, Society' (Bits) blog by the New York Times, providing all the latest news and analysis on the technology industry and how the internet changes the way we live and work.

  • Karen Blakeman's business information blog -- Karen Blakeman shares helpful tips and tricks on search tools, web technologies and resources for business information.

  • Andy Dale's SharePoint blog -- Andy Dale shares useful insight, analysis and tips on all things SharePoint, in an easy to read style.

  • Online journalism blog -- provides comment and analysis on online media developments, with web tips and web news (a recent post provides helpful information for bloggers on a variety of plugins, widgets, and web analytics, etc) by an international team.

Lou Taylor is an experienced knowledge and information management (KIM) professional, specialising in organisational intranets (architecture, classification, usability, content, writing and editing). She also has a solid academic grounding in information (an MSc in Knowledge & Information Management with merit awarded by London Metropolitan University and a General Journalism Diploma with distinction awarded by the London School of Journalism). Lou blogs at

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    FUMSI has published the FUMSI Report: Folio on Taxonomies and Tagging, which includes the results of our survey on how taxonomies and tagging are being applied in organisations...

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 FUMSI Features

FUMSIFUMSI publishes articles, tools, and a monthly magazine, to give you practical help with information skills. Visit

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JISC: Applications for Inclusion

Margaret McKayBy Margaret McKay

Making information accessible to all users should be a priority for all information professionals, but it's often difficult to know where to start. Margaret McKay describes JISC's free resources and initiatives in this arena, which should make a useful starting point.

WHAT'S INSIDE: 'Nowadays with equalities legislation firmly in place, providing accessible resources should not belong solely to support specialists any more than accessibility or inclusion should belong exclusively to people with a disability.'

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Get to Know Your Plumbing: Protecting Your Organisation From Leaking 'Soft Information'

Karen Lawrence OqvistBy Karen Lawrence Oqvist
FUMSI: Share

These days organisations can run themselves ragged protecting their internal information assets, but it's of little comfort when 'soft' information - information that may have little inherent value, but yield knowledge when linked up with hard information by competitors - is so easily shared by employees within their social networks outside the workplace. Karen Lawrence Oqvist provides pointers for organisations to turn those potential intelligence risks into receptors by providing a forum in which employees can share and be heard within the workplace.

WHAT'S INSIDE: 'Your employees... will instead congregate, group and link with other subject matter experts from other organisations in virtual spaces somewhere in cyberspace where they can be heard and where their opinion counts. Here they will build their online reputation by communicating, linking and collaborating outside of the confines of the organization'

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FUMSI - Forthcoming Topics

  • Becoming a Taxonomist
  • RSS Feeds and Yahoo Pipes
  • Using Mashups in Libraries
  • Resources for Automotive Industry Research

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FUMSI Reports

Taxonomies and Tagging

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 VIP Features

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VIP issue 71VIP Magazine No. 71 highlights findings of researchers' testing of Capital IQ and Digimind 7

Capital IQ provides business research and analysis covering some 58,000 public companies and about 1.5 million private companies worldwide, and it claims more than 4,000 clients including all major investment banks. Much of the data it provides is available elsewhere, so its strength lies in the amount of data it aggregates and the level of analysis it permits - often right back to the original filing. Diana Nutting's in-depth report demonstrates the appeal of its built-in analytical tools, with their ability to drill deeply into the results and provide an audit trail. However, she also reports finding it easy to get lost in the system while searching.

Plenty of products monitor internet resources to bring back market and competitive intelligence, but Digimind 7 claims to go one step further by surfacing results that answer the 'so what?' question. Testing that claim in his detailed product review, Jonathan Gordon-Till finds that users can not only incorporate their own internal project files, field data and annotated information into the product's internet findings but also generate customised internal newsletters. Its interface is simple to use, flexible and largely intuitive, he finds -- but its many functions and components do require a lot of learning.

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On VIP LiveWire recently...

  • Electronic records are twice as likely to be unmanaged as paper records, according to a survey from AIIM, the global enterprise content management association, and only 56% of organisations have a procedure for placing a freeze on electronic records in the event of pending litigation. Enterprises that are likely to face regular legal actions need a simple set of practices to follow in any e-discovery process, adds the IT consultant Gartner -- and those that do fully document their search processes can expect to save 25% on their collection processes...
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  • Google and print newspapers have been at loggerheads for some time, with publishers accusing it and its ilk of contributing towards the demise of the industry -- but now Google appears to be throwing them a lifeline in the form of an experimental service called Fast Flip. It allows readers to quickly read through content, like flicking through a magazine, before deciding which article to read in full; Google believes that this fast reading experience will lead users to click through to more publishers, thereby providing them with more revenue through contextually relevant ads...
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  • Google is also causing alarm in some brand management circles with the introduction of its SideWiki browser application, which allows users to comment on any website even if the site doesn't actually accommodate comments. To find out if this or social networking comment generally matters to your brand, you could try LexisNexis Analytics' influencer index, which uses qualitative and quantitative measures to determine the importance of a social media source to a user, taking into account its market share and the extent to which it is 'embedded' into a community...
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Information-related product and news announcements. Post your releases and subscribe to the free VIP Wires Weekly for regular alerts.

Recent VIP Wire announcements...

  • Award winning company selects SoutronSOLO to give 24 / 7 data access to their consultants and users over the web...
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  • Emerald Group Publishing Limited has announced that, as of January 2010, its "Property and Real Estate" collection of eJournals will be renamed as the "Built Environment"...
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  • Inderscience Publishers ( is pleased to announce the publication of the first issue of International Journal of Business Continuity and Risk Management...
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VIP - Forthcoming Topics

  • Comparative review on news products from major aggregators
  • Deal Pipeline
  • Business Monitor International
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Jinfo Jobs:

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  • Knowledge Manager
    An excellent opportunity for a proactive KM professional to join the specialist division of an organ...
    Recruiter: TFPL Intelligent Resources
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  • Team Leader
    The Knowledge Management and Exploitation Group, in Knowledge and Information Services, is Dstl's gateway to the internal knowledge...
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  • Assistant Librarian x 2
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  • Knowledge Manager
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  • Information / Database Manager - 12 months
    Database and Information Manager to manage new bespoke database in 12 Maternity Leave contract for prestigious Central London Consultancy.
    Recruiter: Glen Recruitment
    Country: United Kingdom

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Jinfo Events:

Here is a selection of the latest featured events in the Jinfo database:

  • Creating a Brand Identity
    This session covers the what and why of creating brand identity, illustrated by case studies.
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    Date: 10th Dec 2009
    Country: Online/webinar

  • Online Information 2009
    Online Information 2009 comprises an exhibition of over 200 vendors, an international conference and a seminar programme.
    Organiser: Incisive Media
    Date: 1-3 Dec 2009
    Country: United Kingdom

  • Taxonomy Boot Camp
    Technologies and practices on taxonomies; case studies; hands-on workshops
    Organiser: Information Today
    Date: 19th Nov - 20th Nov 2009
    Country: United States

  • KMWorld
    Resetting the Enterprise: Focusing on People, Talent & knowledge: 2-day knowledge management conference
    Organiser: Information Today
    Date: 17th Nov - 19th Nov 2009
    Country: United States

  • Enterprise Search Summit West
    Enabling Information Access and Action - 2 day conference
    Organiser: Information Today
    Date: 17th Nov - 19th Nov 2009
    Country: United States

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Resource of the Week: Mobile Access to Information By Gary Price, Senior Editor

Alas, the vast majority of us were not fortunate enough to attend Gary's presentation on Mobile Access to Information at Web Search University last month in Washington, D.C. But since this is a topic of intense, growing interest -- 56% of adult Americans have accessed the internet by wireless means, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project -- we thought we'd link to Gary's presentation as our Resource of the Week.

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