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FreePint 19th November 2009


My Favourite Tipples

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FUMSI Features

  • Yahoo! Pipes: Relevant information on tap
  • Improving Library Services: Using Mashups

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:

  • Information Specialists
  • Records Manager - London or Manchester
  • Senior Business Intelligence Analyst

Events in Information:

  • Presidents' Breakfast
  • Creating a Brand Identity
  • Online Information 2009
  • Introduction to Competitive Intelligence

Highlights from ResourceShelf and DocuTicker


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By Robin Neidorf

Robin NeidorfNovember is 'News Month' at FreePint - the month in which VIP publishes its comprehensive comparative review of news offerings from the major aggregators, along with the results of our survey of users' needs and preferences with regard to news. As I write this, we're nearing the end of what is always a substantial project. Hundreds of hours have gone into research, writing, fact-checking, analysis and, now, production.

As challenging as it is to undertake a project of this scope, VIP subscribers look forward to it every year - some have even told us that the single report is worth the price of their annual subscription because of the time it saves them and insight it offers. (If you're not yet a subscriber, you can preorder at a discount.)

News needs This year's survey covered more than the products under review: We also solicited input on how information professionals address broader needs for news within their organisations, including free resources, digital versions of print products and other elements in the news revolution currently taking place around us. (You'll see plenty of comment on this revolution on the VIP LiveWire - see extracts in this issue of FreePint and visit the LiveWire for more.)

One interesting trend cropped up in the comments many survey respondents added to their quantitative feedback: They are building their own feeds from the many free or low-cost tools now available. They are defining what 'news' is relevant to their organisations, and then they are building the mechanisms to deliver it.

I expect we'll see more of this 'grow your own' approach. FUMSI contributors Scott Brown and Nicole Engard can jump-start your learning, with their step-by-step guides on how to use Yahoo! Pipes to create relevant, customised information resources, and library mashups. If a page has an RSS feed, it can be Piped. Try their tips and share your creation on the FreePint Bar, where you'll find plenty of like-minded professionals to comment.

Another important finding from the news survey that resonates with what we've heard elsewhere (e.g., in the VIP Report: Economic Impact Research) is the increasing importance of free resources, even as information professionals make the case for paid products. I'll be speaking about this trend at Online Information in an information masterclass titled Content Portfolios: Merging 'Free' and 'Fee'. If you'll be at the show on Wednesday 2nd December, come to Theatre C at 13:15 to hear it, and then stop by the FreePint stand no. 122 to say hello.

In other Online Information-related news, we're delighted to sponsor the AIIP's Presidents' Breakfast.. If you are contemplating a move into self-employment, or if you've made the leap, the Association of Independent Information Professionals is the best support organisation out there; and the breakfast (Tuesday 1st December) is an excellent opportunity to meet the leadership and network with a great group of people.

There's lots happening at Online Information this year, so complete our RSVP form to get the latest updates, whether you're able to attend or not. We're looking forward to seeing so many of our friends and partners soon.

Robin Neidorf
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Asian Markets

  • Becoming more important
  • Rely on on-the-ground personnel as info-gathering resource
  • Validity and language-availability essential!

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  • Seem to be stable in importance
  • May need on-the-ground personnel
  • Validity and language-availability essential!

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 My Favourite Tipples

Jennifer Smith

By Jennifer Smith

Over the years I've moved from reading a collection of favourite sites, to using sources which feed me the news in which I'm likely to be interested. These news-aggregation 'services' are mostly produced by people who are interested in the same things I am, rather than a commercial aggregation service. They point me to stories from a far wider range of sources than I would ever have found by myself.

  • Twitter -- for the past few months my main source of news has been via people I follow on Twitter. My Twitter feed, via Tweetie, runs constantly at the side of my computer screen. The benefit of Twitter comes from following a wide range of people, but there are some people who are certainly worth following for a stream of interesting news and comment on the information world.

  • Hacker news -- this appeals to me for two reasons. Firstly, it's an up-to-the-minute feed of current IT developments by IT professionals. It's the issues that may appear in the mainstream news later down the line, but this is where they first get aired. Secondly, from an information professionals perspective it is a fascinating example of user-generated filtering and ranking of information.

  • Outlaw -- maintained for several years by UK law firm, Pinsent Masons, this is a reliable source of news stories on, mainly UK and EU, IT and IP law.

  • LinkedIn -- just in the last few months we seem to have reached the critical mass of information professionals on Linkedin needed for it to become a really useful source of news and views on the information world. The groups and group discussions are particularly useful, and pretty much every group in the information world, certainly in the UK, seems to now have a LinkedIn group.

  • Snowmail -- for general news I love this once-a-day email from the UK Channel 4 News team with the most important news stories, and commentary from the presenters on why they've chosen which stories to cover.

Jennifer Smith is the co-founder of hosted information management service, OneIS. Jennifer is a Chartered Librarian with over ten years of experience in library and information management, and a Masters in Library and Information Studies from Loughborough University. Her company website is and she can be found on Twitter at

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  • [FUMSI] Magazine 23: Yahoo! Pipes, Networking
    Yahoo! Pipes, which mashes up information from disparate sources has been around for awhile and is growing in popularity despite its near-stealth mode. Scott Brown walks readers through the steps involved in creating and cloning Pipes...

  • [FreePint] Newsletter 289: Info Access and Control
    In this issue: 'JISC: Applications for Inclusion': Making information accessible to all users should be a priority for all information professionals, but it's often difficult to know where to start...

  • [RS] Resource of the Week: Immigration in the...
    Our just-published article, Frequently Requested Statistics on Immigrants and Immigration in the United States, covers everything from Mexican immigrants to health-care coverage to government budgets and backlogs. A few interesting numbers...

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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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We add new articles to the FUMSI database in each practice area every month, which are free to read, browse, email, print or save. Here are the most recent additions:

Yahoo! Pipes: Relevant information on tap

Scott BrownBy Scott Brown

Yahoo!Pipes, which mashes up information from disparate sources has been around for awhile and is growing in popularity despite its near-stealth mode. Scott Brown walks readers through the steps involved in creating and cloning Pipes.

WHAT'S INSIDE: 'I've found that, if I can create a good base of resources around an industry, I can often simply Clone a Pipe and just put in different key words to get a strong Pipe on a new topic.'

Read, print, save or forward this article now »

Improving Library Services: Using Mashups

Nicole C. EngardBy Nicole C. Engard

Content mashups aren't just for audio and video; they can be an invaluable way for libraries to bring together related content in a way that opens up new paths to knowledge. Nicole Engard provides a useful tutorial on DIY mashups for librarians, using Yahoo!Pipes.

WHAT'S INSIDE: 'Many library sites like to include local news on their homepage; wouldn't it be great if you could grab this data dynamically from several different sources so that your homepage is always up to date? Using the simplest form of pipe you can do this.'

Read, print, save or forward this article now »

FUMSI - Forthcoming Topics

  • Resources for Automotive Industry Research
  • Information in Prisons
  • Conference Information Management
  • My Knowledge Sharing New Year's Resolutions

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 VIP Features

VIP VIP publishes in-depth, unbiased reviews of business information products. If you purchase or use premium information resources, make VIP part of your professional reading every month »

VIP issue 71Getting value from managing your documents effectively (and what can happen if you don't) in VIP Magazine No. 71

Growing pressure from regulators, government and the public means that enterprises increasingly need to put in place appropriate systems for managing their documents. As part of a public utility, Scottish Water's Capital Investment Delivery (CID) section is no exception, with a requirement not only to manage the storage of essential documents but also to execute key business processes based upon them.

Opting for the CITADON electronic document management system, Gillian Paterson explains how its implementation not only enabled the sharing of mandatory documentation and key project information between CID staff, but also facilitated further value-add activities. Now staff can also share information about best practice in mandatory document submission, and the system also streamlines external partners' applications for payment.

Also in VIP 71:

Focus On: Capital IQ
Focus On: Digiminds 7

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VIP 72 is in production and will be published the week of 23 November 2009. This is a must-read issue featuring the results of our comparative review of news offerings from Dow Jones and LexisNexis, plus the results of our survey of users on what they want and need from news offerings. Start a VIP subscription (starting at £285 per year for single-site usage) to receive this month's publications. Or pre-order your copies for a discount off the usual cover price. Subscribe, or preorder, now.

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On VIP LiveWire recently...

  • The tensions between free and fee have generated a number of comments on the LiveWire, following Penny Crossland's writeup of a recent SLA Europe event: a panel discussion featuring representatives of all perspectives on the continuum. Penny reports on lively debate, including opinions of Laurence Rafsky of Acquire Media, Jeremy Lawson of Dow Jones, digital media law expert Laurence Kaye, and Andrew Hughes of the Newspaper Licensing Agency.

  • Following her post, several members of the audience shared links to their blog postings (see and

  • Indicating their commitment to the topic, Andrew Hughes weighed in on the LiveWire with a few clarifications ( on datapoints, and Jeremy Lawson added additional insights ( on what might make a successful or unsuccessful transition to a paid online subscription service.

  • This discussion, along with dozens of additional items relating to free and fee news, news coverage and availability, and resources to help professional researchers access news, will be included in the forthcoming VIP Report: News Needs and Preferences, to be published in November 2009. Preorder your copy now »

Always feel free to comment on any item on the LiveWire, and if you do not yet have a free subscription to the VIP Wires Weekly, you can sign up now »

Purchase VIP Magazine No. 71 from the VIP Website, or start your subscription now »

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VIP Wire

Information-related product and news announcements. Post your releases and subscribe to the free VIP Wires Weekly for regular alerts.

Recent VIP Wire announcements...

  • Online Information 2009 is focussing on innovation and emerging technologies across Mainland Europe with two brand new features...
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  • EBSCOhost is Going Mobile - Mobile Version of the EBSCOhost Platform Puts Database Content in the Hands of Users...
    Read the full Press Release at:

  • Credo Reference, the award-winning online reference library, has signed an agreement to launch a SAGE Reference Publisher Collection...
    Read the full Press Release at:

VIP Wire »

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VIP - Forthcoming Topics

  • Comparative review on news products from major aggregators
  • Deal Pipeline
  • Business Monitor International
  • Moreover

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 Jinfo - Jobs and Events in Information

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Jinfo Jobs:

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  • Information Specialists
    A membership organisation requires two information specialists to provide an enquiry, information an...
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    Country: United Kingdom

  • Records Manager - London or Manchester
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    Country: United Kingdom

  • Senior Business Intelligence Analyst
    Join this global law firm to provide enquiry service, supporting business generation and fee-earning work. Commercial research experience essential along...
    Recruiter: Sue Hill Recruitment and Services Limited
    Country: United Kingdom

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Jinfo Events:

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

  • Presidents' Breakfast
    Networking and introduction to AIIP, during Online Information 2009
    Organiser: AIIP
    Date: 1st Dec 2009
    Country: United Kingdom

  • Creating a Brand Identity
    This session covers the what and why of creating brand identity, illustrated by case studies.
    Organiser: Dialog
    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

  • Introduction to Competitive Intelligence
    Comprehensive introduction to CI, online course
    Organiser: SLA
    Date: 11-29 Jan 2010
    Country: Online/webinar

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 Highlights from ResourceShelf and DocuTicker

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Recently published:

Resource of the Week: Frequently Requested Statistics on Immigrants and Immigration in the United States By Kirin K. Kalia, Editor, Migration Information Source, Migration Policy Institute

Our just-published article, Frequently Requested Statistics on Immigrants and Immigration in the United States, covers everything from Mexican immigrants to health-care coverage to government budgets and backlogs. A few interesting numbers: Of the 46.9 million people in 2008 who identified themselves as having Hispanic or Latino ancestry, nearly two-thirds (62.0 percent) were native-born US citizens. The remaining 38.0 percent were immigrants...

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