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FreePint 21st January 2010


My Favourite Tipples

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FUMSI Features

  • Evolution In Source Evaluation: Using Social Media Data
  • Pharmaceutical industry: a discovery-led approach to social media

VIP Features

  • Insight from our Editors, in VIP Magazine
  • Recent postings to the LiveWire
  • Recent postings to the Wire

Jinfo - Jobs and Events

Jobs in Information:

  • Records Manager
  • Records Manager - Legal
  • SPIRE Programme Change Manager
  • Alliance Manager
  • Information and Records Manager-File Plan
  • Assistant Information Officer
  • Senior Health Information Scientist
  • Information Scientist

Events in Information:

  • LILAC 2010
  • ICI-1 - Competitive Intelligence Basics Workshop
  • Getting most out of Google
  • TFPL Connect Conference 2010
  • Working in a Wired World

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By Robin Neidorf

Robin Neidorf When a technology begins to bridge the gap between experimentation and normalisation, it's common for it to be subject to study. Professionals begin to research the tools, identify key metrics for applying and measuring their success, and build libraries of case studies demonstrating what the tools can and cannot do.

No doubt, then: Social media has now successfully made the transition.

Analysing informationCurrent FUMSI articles take up the theme of researching social media, in different ways. First, in the latest Find article, Emily Wheeler and Samara Omundson share a methodology to determine 'Influence Ranking' in social media. Their rigorous approach could be used by any organisation to measure influence in social media.

Daniel Ghinn also adds to research-based knowledge in the area, with a case study on how pharmaceutical firms use the tools for research and communication. His article is the first in a three-part series that will explore how different industries have made the most of social media for business purposes.

A thoughtful approach to gathering and analysing information is, of course, a key element of what information practitioners do all the time - and a core value of FreePint. Next week I'll be presenting to the Information Industry Summit the results of VIP's Economic Impact Research published in September 2009, reviewing what nearly 450 respondents told us about their information staff, content budgets and coping mechanisms for supporting their organisations' information needs through difficult times. I'm looking forward to sharing these results with the publishers who make available the resources that help us do our jobs.

One of the fascinating elements of research is the shift in perspective the data-gathering phase can bring. Our Copyright Policies and Practices project is nearing completion, and the amalgamation of comments from around the world, from a range of industries, makes clear that more confusion than clarity characterises today's interactions with copyrighted content at work. If you haven't yet done so, there's still time to complete the survey on how you interact with content. Watch for announcements on publication of results, and register your interest to participate in future research projects.

But for a shift of perspective, nothing beats commentary from event delegates... and you can get dozens at once with the newly published FreePint Online Information 2009 Special Report. With insights from December's exhibition and conference, this year's report will fill the gaps if you missed the show, and refresh your memory if your experience there has been lost in the mists of time... also known as the holiday season.

We welcome your comments about the report, and everything we do, either at the FreePint Bar, via email or online at our suggestion box. We look forward to hearing from you.

Robin Neidorf
General Manager

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 My Favourite Tipples

Irina Ibraghimova

By Irina Ibraghimova

These are web sites and resources that help me develop my training materials and teaching skills, and to recommend existing training options to my customers who work in the field of medicine and health care:

  • EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative's (ELI's) 7 Things You Should Know About series provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each 2-page brief  focuses on a single technology or practice and describes:What it is; How it works; Where it is going; Why it matters to teaching and learning. Some recent topics covered: Google Wave, Microblogging, Collaborative Annotation, Data Visualisation. Each ELI brief presents a scenario for the use of the described technology in teaching and learning.

  • JISK InfoNet infoKits contain 'self-help' material and promote the effective strategic planning and management of information and learning technology within institutions. 40 infoKits cover such topics as: Social Software, Time Management, Process Review, Portfolio Management, Information Lifesycle, etc.

  • Find it fast!
    A series of 10 video tutorials from the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library (Yale University) on the various evidence-based practice (EBP) information resources. The series is called "Find It Fast" because these resources help to find clinical information faster.

  • Health Sciences Online
    Health care practitioners and trainers can search for any health sciences topic from over 50,000 courses, and other learning resources . Materials are selected from accredited educational sources including universities, governments, and professional societies. Use of Google translator provides an option of searching in your own language.

Irina Ibraghimova holds a Ph.D. in library sciences. For the last 15 years she has worked on information and communications technologies for health projects internationally, providing on-site and distance training on information retrieval, evidence-based practice, and library and information management. In 2008 together with colleagues from the USA, Croatia and Ukraine, she started a group of international consultants, HealthConnect International:

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Since the start of January, a number of intriguing questions have been posted to the FreePint Bar. As always, Bar visitors share their experience freely, so jump in and add your voice:

  • In what might be the most unusual question asked for months, one Bar user asked for information on whether there are special machines or manufacturies dedicated to the creation of coffin hardware. Our own Joanna Ptolomey (contributing editor for both FUMSI and VIP) offered one suggestion for finding out. What's yours?

  • Is 'Account Wiring' a term you're familiar with in relation to customer development? If so, you have exactly the information needed by another Bar user, who is wondering what her client means by it. Post your definition and help her along...

  • Another Bar user is looking for examples of good redesign efforts in government websites. We know there are some great ones out there -- share your favourites.

  • Redesign often comes on the heels of customer research, a field FreePint is increasingly involved with. Register your interest in learning about our future research projects. Participants receive a summary of results as our thank-you for participating in any project.

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 FUMSI Features

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

However you Find, Use, Manage or Share Information, you'll find something in FUMSI to help.

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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:

Evolution In Source Evaluation: Using Social Media Data

Emily WheelerBy Emily Wheeler and Samara Omundson

Social media tools give companies unprecedented access to the voice of the customer, but are only actionable if there is a consistent means of evaluating the source. Emily Wheeler and Samara Wilson provide real-life examples of how they developed metrics for evaluating the influence of media sources.

Samara OmundsonWHAT'S INSIDE: 'Once we completed this preliminary research, we began grouping metrics into categories based on how the data defined or illustrated influence. We ultimately identified five Influence Attributes: Reach, Buzz, Engagement, Content and Audience.'

Read, print, save or forward this article now »

Pharmaceutical industry: a discovery-led approach to social media

Daniel GhinnBy Daniel Ghinn

Social media is increasingly important for business, but its application and utility can differ from sector to sector. In Part 1 of this three-part series, Daniel Ghinn discusses success stories and challenges with social media in the pharma market.

WHAT'S INSIDE: 'Whilst the primary objective of the social media examples above may be to allow the pharmaceutical company to engage in two-way dialogue with people, the internal discovery opportunities are significant and essential components for future successful ongoing engagement'.

Read, print, save or forward this article now »

FUMSI - Forthcoming Topics

  • Social media industry case studies
  • Leveraging RSS
  • Review of Google Wave
  • Venture capital fund information
  • Knowledge architecture

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 VIP Features

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VIP issue 73Insight from our Editors, in VIP Magazine

Cloud computing is now at the top of the hype cycle and should shortly enter the next stage - the 'trough of disillusionment' - according to Mike Spink of the IT consultancy Gartner. The IT industry has invested massively in the infrastructure to provide cloud computing services, but the result is likely to be disappointment as the hyped benefits fail to deliver a magic bullet.

Featured in the InScope section of VIP Magazine No. 73

In Europe, business registers operate on a national or regional basis, only storing information on companies registered in the territory where they are competent. But now a European Union Green Paper, The Interconnection of Business Registers, is looking at ways of improving access to information on businesses across the EU, acknowledging the increasingly cross-border nature of company activity to take advantage of opportunities offered by the Single Market.

Featured in the Tap the Wire: Industry News section of VIP Magazine No. 73

Microblogging service Twitter and professional-focused social network LinkedIn have collaborated to allow LinkedIn users to post status updates to their Twitter feed and use tweets to update their LinkedIn status on a selective basis. Expect to see news in the future of additional partnerships focused on making Twitter usage an inherent element of business communication.

Featured in the Tap the Wire: Product News section of VIP Magazine No. 73

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Most Read Postings on the LiveWire Recently...

  • For those of us not sponsored by employers to attend the Online 2009 conference, the free seminar programme on the exhibition floor is a useful alternative and generally provides visitors with a range of interesting, useful and thought-provoking sessions.
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  • What's playing the biggest part in changing the information landscape: policy, technology, money or attitude? It was one of a series of challenging questions put to a panel of information specialists at an event organised in London by SLA Europe.
    Read the full story at:

  • The European Union has published a green paper called 'The Interconnection of Business Registers' which considers how to improve access to information on businesses...
    Read the full story at:

  • The November issue of VIP magazine will contain a review of the news offerings of Dow Jones and LexisNexis, via and Nexis, providing a summary of new functionality and other enhancements added to the two services over the past 12 months. However, 'content is king' and without it, no amount of interface wizardry would help the information professional. The review therefore looks in depth at the sources of both services, with particular focus this year on the financial services sector.
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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...

  • FreePint makes unique contribution to event reporting with its delegate-written reports. The latest, on Online Information 2009, has been published and is available at no cost by completing the online request form...
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  • Oxford and Boston, 19th January 2010 - Credo Reference, the award-winning online reference library, has signed an agreement with Hodder Education to incorporate three major subject references into the Credo collection. These will be the first Hodder Education titles licensed to Credo...
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  • Global Business Register Ltd., the premier provider of European, official company information, and Infogreffe, the Economic Interest Group which unites the registrars of France's 135 commercial courts, today announced the signing of a distribution agreement for the provision and distribution of official company information covering over 3 million companies registered with the national companies register in France...
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VIP - Forthcoming Topics

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 Jinfo - Jobs and Events in Information

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Jinfo Jobs:

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

  • Records Manager
    A Records Manager is required on a 12 month basis to support a central team within our client's organisation...
    Recruiter: Weekes Gray Recruitment
    Country: United Kingdom

  • Records Manager - Legal
    Records Manager for newly created vacancy at prestigious Law Practice to implement systems, deal with compliance issues and manage a small team...
    Recruiter: Glen Recruitment
    Country: United Kingdom

  • SPIRE Programme Change Manager
    Recruiter: House of Commons
    Country: United Kingdom

  • Alliance Manager
    Can you secure Content Licensing Agreements with new and existing providers, whilst developing strong and lasting relationships?
    Recruiter: Sue Hill Recruitment and Services Limited
    Country: United Kingdom

  • Information and Records Manager-File Plan
    A regulatory public body is looking for a temporary Information and Records Manager to design and...
    Recruiter: TFPL Intelligent Resources
    Country: United Kingdom

  • Assistant Information Officer
    Supporting the enquiry service to the whole firm, and help maintain our information resources & current awareness services...
    Recruiter: Drivers Jonas LLP
    Country: United Kingdom

  • Senior Health Information Scientist
    Senior Health Information Scientist - 1 year Maternity Cover - Glasgow £29,789 - £39,273...
    Recruiter: NHS Quality Improvement Scotland
    Country: United Kingdom

  • Information Scientist
    Literature searching to support clinical guideline development...
    Recruiter: National Collaborating Centre for Women's and Children's Health
    Country: United Kingdom

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Jinfo Events:

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

  • LILAC 2010
    LILAC is the Librarians' Information Literacy Annual Conference, organised by CILIP's Information Literacy Group
    Organiser: LILAC
    Date: 29-31 Mar 2010
    Country: Ireland

  • ICI-1 - Competitive Intelligence Basics Workshop
    Organiser: Institute for Competitive Intelligence
    Date: 1-2 Mar 2010
    Country: United Kingdom

  • Getting most out of Google™
    Bring the most relevant hits to the top of your Google™ search list and even get the answers to quick reference enquiries.
    Organiser: CILIP
    Date: 21st Jan 2010
    Country: United Kingdom

  • Copyright in the Web 2.0 environment
    Learn about the practical ways to deal with difficult situations and managing your own professional and personal development.
    Organiser: CILIP
    Date: 28th Jan 2010
    Country: United Kingdom

  • TFPL Connect Conference 2010
    Two-day event for knowledge and information management leaders; 10% discount with registration code...
    Organiser: TFPL
    Date: 24-25 Mar 2010
    Country: United Kingdom

  • Working in a Wired World
    Three one day training workshops looking at Working in a Wired World.
    Organiser: Incisive Media
    Date: 24th Feb - 24th Mar 2010
    Country: United Kingdom

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Robin Neidorf (General Manager), Irina Ibraghimova, Emily Wheeler, Samara Omundson, Daniel Ghinn, Nancy Davis Kho (Copyeditor), William Hann (Publisher), Douglas Brown (Proofreader).


Dow Jones,, Incisive Media, Dialog, Sue Hill Recruitment and Services Limited, Glen Recruitment, TFPL Intelligent Resources Recruitment, House of Commons, Drivers Jonas LLP, NHS Quality Improvement Scotland, National Collaborating Centre for Women's and Children's Health.

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