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FreePint 4th February 2010


My Favourite Tipples

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FUMSI Features

  • Say hello to Google Wave
  • Leveraging and Repurposing RSS

VIP Features

  • Blogs for business intelligence and products for relationship management
  • Recent postings to the LiveWire
  • Recent postings to the Wire

Jinfo - Jobs and Events

Jobs in Information:

  • 6 X Information Specialists
  • Research Manager - Outsourcing
  • Records Manager & Archivist
  • Information & Records Manager
  • Information Scientist

Events in Information:

  • Ignite the Web! Audio & Video in the Law
  • SharePoint Out of the Box: Power Your Intranet Site using SharePoint Lists
  • Writing an Effective Business Case
  • ICI-4 CI Secondary Research
  • ICI-28 - Financial Analysis
  • TFPL Connect Conference 2010
  • Working in a Wired World
  • Evidence, Value and Impact: the LIS Research Landscape in 2010

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By Robin Neidorf

Robin NeidorfIn the last issue of FreePint, I focused on new tools that have 'made it' and are now part of the resources businesses rely on for productivity. But for every success story, there are just as many also-rans and half-baked ideas that are still in the process of evolution.

The two FUMSI articles featured in this issue of FreePint provide a glimpse into tools-in-evolution. First, from the Googleplex, we have Google Wave, promoted by Google as 'what email would look like if it were invented today.' Malcolm Coles and Martin Belam provide their expert opinion of Google Wave, based on trial and error. Malcolm and Martin bring a positive predisposition to their test: They want Google Wave to support better collaboration. Yet the experience is not quite there yet, as they explain.

Recipe for information successA more familiar (perhaps) tool is RSS, which Brian Westra uses as the centrepiece of his helpful article on creating and pushing out specific feeds for specialised purposes. As Brian points out, RSS has not realised the breadth of adoption of, say, Twitter. He provides several recipes for success. Will more info pros add them to their menus?

Experimentation is not restricted to technologies and tools by any means. January's VIP Magazine offers up two reviews that showcase products that challenge the status quo. VIP's review of Moreover's Newsdesk explains how the product puts the latest news at the fingertips of subscribers, not through the traditional method of licensing the news from other resources, but from scraping information into its search engines and then redirecting users to the original publisher to read the article. A fascinating comparative review of executive staff databases shows three approaches vendors have taken to overlaying social networking information over biographical, making the proverbial 'six degrees of separation' even easier to visualise.

This is incredible stuff... and only a fraction of it will probably still be on our desktops in five years' time. (Will we even have 'desktops' in five years' time? Hello, iPad: That's the subject of a whole other editorial...)

The pace of change and evolution has accelerated. One of the most challenging -- and exciting -- aspects of our work as information practitioners is the need to stay up to date, test new tools, try new products, and advise others on how these resources can improve our work. It's one of the reasons FUMSI has made a commitment to conducting surveys regularly -- the current survey on your favourite widgets and gadgets is surfacing all kinds of tools many of us have barely heard of. When we publish the results later this month, respondents and FUMSI subscribers will have in their hands a snapshot overview of what tools their peers around the world find useful. Don't miss out on this valuable resource: Your survey response gets you a copy of that report for your reference, so contribute now.

While you're in a mood for thinking beyond your current resources, why not request samples of VIP and FUMSI resources? If you find FreePint useful, you'll definitely find that our premium resources will contribute to your ability to make better decisions, faster. They just might turn out to be the missing ingredient in your own recipe for information success.

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 My Favourite Tipples

By FUMSI and VIP contributing editors

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Recent Tipples:

  • UK Government Publications Week 1 2010
    Food 2030 - DEFRA (Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and Going for Growth - BIS (Department for Business Innovation and Skills) are amongst the early highlights (submitted by Joanna Ptolomey, contributing editor for FUMSI and VIP).

  • Fantastic IA/InfoDesign/UX Resource!
    Found this fabulous resource for all things IA, Information Design and User Experience - everything you need from one jumping-off-point (submitted by Kate Simpson, contributing editor for FUMSI)

  • Improve your Communications Skills
    No matter what kind of work you do, business communication skills have become as important as technical skills - if not more important. Mind Tools, a career and leadership development company, offers some excellent free articles on improving your communication skills (submitted by Marcy Phelps, contributing editor for FUMSI).

  • Twitter User Names - Bun Fight
    If your username has been inactive for 6 months or has been deleted, twitter will release these names back to the public - no date given as yet. So if you signed up for twitter, got a username but then have not tweeted be aware that your username will become available to the public (submitted by Joanna Ptolomey, contributing editor for FUMSI and VIP, aka @chibbie).

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  • [RS] Resource of the Week: (We Love) Lists & Rankings
    Sometimes even we find it hard to believe that ResourceShelf is entering the eighth year of its existence. (My, how time flies when you're having fun.) Well, those of you who have been 'around' as long as we have just might remember a venerable resource created and maintained by Gary, called Price's List of Lists...

  • [VIP] Magazine 74: Jan 2010, Relationship Datab...
    VIP 74 (January 2010) has been published. In this issue of VIP: Social Media for Business: Ann Danylkiw learns by jumping in with both feet...

  • [FUMSI] Report: Folio on Accountability and Governance
    Information plays an essential role in business. Therefore, the attention we pay to how we control information, as well as rely on it for decisions, is also essential...

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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:

Say hello to Google Wave

Malcolm ColesBy Malcolm Coles and Martin Belam
FUMSI: Share

There's lots of buzz about Google Wave, but is it a technological solution to a real problem, or a technology looking for a problem to solve? Co-authors Martin Belam and Malcolm Coles point out the advantages and opportunities of the new Wave.

Martin BelamWHAT'S INSIDE: 'Perhaps the biggest challenge facing Wave is that the initial experience of the service doesn't really answer 'What is it for?'. Even if people struggle to initially grasp what they can do with Twitter, the opening instruction on the homepage - 'See what people are saying about...' is clear.'

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Leveraging and Repurposing RSS

Brian WestraBy Brian Westra
FUMSI: Manage

RSS feeds hold the promise of personalised news alerts, but getting full value from the technology isn't always easy. Brian Westra shares tips and tools for making sure that the value of RSS doesn't get lost in the shuffle.

WHAT'S INSIDE: 'Teaching about a web application while everyone was logged into their own account made it easy to do hands-on training in configuration and feed subscription that would then be accessible for the participants from their own desktops. It is critical to actively engage attendees with the tools or resources in a workshop '.

Read, print, save or forward this article now »

FUMSI - Forthcoming Topics

  • Social media industry case studies
  • Venture capital fund information
  • Knowledge architecture
  • Report on widgets and gadgets

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 VIP Features

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VIP issue 74Blogs for business intelligence and products for relationship management reviewed
in VIP Magazine No. 74

Around 32,000 news sources and half a million blogs are available through Moreover's Newsdesk, providing business intelligence that can be customised several ways including being fed directly into a customer relationship management system. But Moreover doesn't license the content it provides; it simply links to it using a business model often called 'web scraping'. Reviewing Newsdesk for VIP, Anne Jordan is impressed by its range of search connectors and commands as well as its indexing filters, which reduce the level of irrelevant hits common in many web search applications - but the scraping model does mean that users have to register and subscribe separately to any sources that require it.

Three business relationship databases come under scrutiny in Penny Crossland's exhaustive comparative review of BoardEx, the Directors Database and Leadership Directories. The institutional leadership content and the search and report facilities they offer vary considerably, so her review concentrates on the business development components of each service. BoardEx may have fast and powerful search capabilities, but only provides basic biographical information; the biographies available in the Directors Database are much more detailed, but it's US-biased and offers no alerting service or automatic deduplication; Leadership Networks offers a very good personal networking tool and a wealth of private organisation content, but its search response time is slow.

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Most Read Postings on the LiveWire Recently...

  • Information managers are having to make hard choices between different products - identifying content overlaps and reducing the number of resources to the core 'must have's'. But products are rarely, if ever, true comparisons, so how can we make these decisions when it's like comparing apples and pears?
    Read the full story at:

  • 2010 will be a 'lose-lose-lose' year for content buyers, sellers and users as the gap between the price of information and buyers' ability to pay widens, predicts Outsell - while further reports from both Outsell and IRN foresee more difficult times ahead. But can customers use this opportunity to turn vendors' woes to their advantage?
    Read the full story at:

  • Presentation after presentation at Online Information 2009 indicated that businesses were starting to pay serious attention to social media. Managing risk was the predominant theme - but have we thought of everything that could go wrong?...
    Read the full story at:

  • The European Commission (EC) has recently announced initiatives aimed at facilitating access to company information across Europe. In November, it published a Green Paper outlining the current mechanisms for cooperation between company registries and requested input on the way forward.
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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 »

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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...

  • Edinburgh, UK, 26th January 2010, Edinburgh University Press has entered into a three year agreement with the Scottish Higher Education Digital Library (SHEDL) to provide access to all EUP journals for all of the nineteen SHEDL member institutions in Scotland...
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  • Oxford and Boston, 26th January 2010 - Credo Reference, the award winning online reference library, has signed an agreement to include National Gallery images and information in the Credo General Reference Collection...
    Read the full Press Release at:

  • Maintaining regulatory compliance becomes more complex every year. The amount of time, money and effort that organisations put into due diligence, governance and reporting is enormous, and the number and type of resource to help them do so are constantly changing...
    Read the full Press Release at:

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VIP - Forthcoming Topics

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  • Company Watch
  • Small business credit resources
  • Hoover's

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  • 6 X Information Specialists
    An excellent opportunity has arisen for six Information Specialists to join a growing Information and Research Team...
    Recruiter: Weekes Gray Recruitment
    Country: United Kingdom

  • Research Manager - Outsourcing
    Research Manager with overseas outsourcing experience for newly created vacancy in the financial sector in the City...
    Recruiter: Glen Recruitment
    Country: United Kingdom

  • Records Manager & Archivist
    Our client, a historically unique organisation, is looking for a Records Manager & Archivist to...
    Recruiter: TFPL Intelligent Resources
    Country: United Kingdom

  • Information & Records Manager
    Skilled at actually implementing RM practices? Can you align what staff do to match the policy docs?
    Recruiter: Sue Hill Recruitment and Services Limited
    Country: United Kingdom

  • Information Scientist
    Work effectively within a team environment with Information Scientists, Health Economists, Systematic Reviewers and PMs
    Recruiter: Royal College of Physicians
    Country: United Kingdom

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Jinfo Events:

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

  • Ignite the Web! Audio & Video in the Law
    Tour how these tools are being used in areas such as litigation, training, marketing, PR, KM, and library staff development.
    Organiser: Nina Platt Consulting, Inc.
    Date: 10th Feb 2010
    Country: Online

  • SharePoint Out of the Box: Power Your Intranet Site using SharePoint Lists
    Examples, examine uses, benefits and drawbacks of using SharePoint lists, walk through basics of creating lists, adding data, etc.
    Organiser: Nina Platt Consulting, Inc.
    Date: 11th Feb 2010
    Country: Online

  • Writing an Effective Business Case
    Determine if your project/action is worth doing and be a persuasive communication tool for management.
    Organiser: Nina Platt Consulting, Inc.
    Date: 18th Feb 2010
    Country: Online

  • ICI-28 - Financial Analysis
    Organiser: Institute for Competitive Intelligence
    Date: 22nd Mar 2010
    Country: United Kingdom

  • ICI-4 CI Secondary Research
    Organiser: Institute for Competitive Intelligence
    Date: 23-24 Mar 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

  • Evidence, Value and Impact: the LIS Research Landscape in 2010
    Library and Information Science Research Coalition one day conference to consider the LIS research landscape.
    Organiser: Library and Information Science Research Coalition
    Date: 28th Jun 2010
    Country: United Kingdom

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