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FreePint 11th March 2010


My Favourite Tipples

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FUMSI Features

  • How To Network and LIKE It: A 10 Point Plan
  • Knowledge Architecture: A Vision for the 21st Century

VIP Features

  • Copyright risks, inflation beating salaries and automated translation in VIP Magazine No. 75
  • Recent postings to the LiveWire
  • Recent postings to the Wire

Jinfo - Jobs and Events

Jobs in Information:

  • Area Sales Manager
  • Appraisal Archivist
  • Director
  • Researchers (3) ideally with second language

Events in Information:

  • Competitive Intelligence Analysis: I've Done the Research - Now, What Do I Do With It?
  • ICI-28 - Financial Analysis
  • Institutional repositories and metadata
  • ECIR 2010 Industry Day
  • CLSIG AGM and Negotiating contracts and firmwide licences
  • more ...

Highlights from DocuTicker

  • Adult Photography Record-Keeping and Inspection Law Threatens Free Speech, Privacy
  • Fact Sheet: The Department of Energy's Loan Programs

Highlights from ResourceShelf

  • Catalog of Nonprofit Literature


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By Robin Neidorf

Robin NeidorfShe's lost in the woods, but Alice tells the Cheshire Cat that she doesn't much care where she ends up. Therefore, the Cheshire Cat tells her, it doesn't much matter which of many paths she takes. If you don't care where you end up, then any route will get you there.

But we don't live and work in Wonderland: We have to choose every path with care, based on what our objectives are. Both recent FUMSI articles featured in this issue of FreePint highlight the importance of a clear-eyed understanding of desired outcomes in creating and implementing an effective project plan.

Choose every path with careNetworking groups abound, but the founders of LIKE (London Information & Knowledge Exchange) created their own route to success by identifying their 'rules' for success: relevance, inclusion and variety. One of the founders, Virginia Henry, presents the full story of planning and launching the network.

Thinking bigger, contributor Bob Bater presents a thoughtful article on defining and setting objectives for knowledge architecture. This is an enormous topic, and Bob creates a useful framework for breaking it down into manageable steps.

The thing about any pathway, though, is that it can turn. And indeed, in business, it must. All businesses evolve over time, and the only way to stay on track is to constantly evaluate the track itself and where it's leading.

One way FreePint tries to follow the curves in the path is through research. We regularly hear from subscribers about what their concerns are. Some of these topics have turned into significant research efforts, enabling us to gather information on a larger scale and feed it back to you. Watch for publication of our report on copyright policies and practices later this month, and if you haven't yet completed our survey on products and services to maintain regulatory compliance, please do so now.

A new research project awaits your input: VIP's new survey on understanding which sources matter in your use of aggregators. This is a VIP project and the results of our brief online survey will appear in a future issue of VIP; all respondents to the survey will receive a copy of the summary results, so please take a few minutes to add your opinions to the survey.

We're also creating a few turns on our own path, and you'll see some enhancements across the publications in the FreePint Family between now and the FreePint Newsletter's 300th issue, scheduled for publication on 22 April. As a start, the FUMSI Focus will now come out weekly, bringing you tips from our contributing editors, as well user tips and Q&A from the new FUMSI Forum.

More exciting developments are in the works, and we look forward to bringing them to you. If you're feeling lost in the woods and need directions, define your objectives. Then turn to FreePint Family resources to help you get there.

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 My Favourite Tipples

Lesley Robinson

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By Lesley Robinson

  • The Discovery Blog
    Lots of good stuff about online publishing

  • McKinsey Quarterly
    Keeps me abreast of the latest company thinking and they often have goods article related to knowledge management

  • Headshift
    Social media business consultancy with a good blog and good links to other relevant sites and articles about social software.

  • Straits Knowledge
    Excellent blog and videos about knowledge management techniques and processes

  • The Economist
    The world this week: business events of the past week - keeps me clued in!

Lesley Robinson set up Lesley Robinson Consultancy Services Ltd in 1999, specialising in advising organisations on information, knowledge and records management strategies, the marketing and development of information services and the coaching and development of information teams. She works in both the public and private sectors helping clients to run their information services more efficiently and effectively and maximise their value to the organisation.

Lesley can be reached at and will be the guest editor for the March issue of VIP Magazine.

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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:

How To Network and LIKE It: A 10 Point Plan

Virginia HenryBy Virginia Henry
FUMSI: Share

In establishing the fast-growing London Information & Knowledge Exchange (LIKE), Virginia Henry and her cofounders sought to create relevant, inclusive events on a variety of topics, in order to take the perceived sting out of networking. Here she shares tips for creating your own professional networking group.

WHAT'S INSIDE: 'It can be truly daunting to walk into a room full of strangers. It doesn't matter how friendly and welcoming they turn out to be if that sinking feeling as you walk through the door stays with you for much of the evening.'

Read, print, save or forward this article now »

Knowledge Architecture: A Vision for the 21st Century

Bob BaterBy Bob Bater
FUMSI: Manage

With so much focus on the cost of high-value information, corporations may overlook an even higher cost - that of failing to manage information adequately. Bob Bater believes corporations are finally understanding the risk, and presents alternative frameworks for information professionals for co-managing information and knowledge.

WHAT'S INSIDE: 'Simply stated, the new kind of problem we face is that information needs knowledge and knowledge needs information - a truism that seems to have been largely ignored by the recent histories of both information management and knowledge management. Without information to feed it, we can have no knowledge. And without knowledge, information is useless.'

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FUMSI - Forthcoming Topics

  • Alternatives to PowerPoint
  • Finding content within the enterprise
  • Twitter tips for business strategies
  • Semantic library catalogues

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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 75Copyright risks, inflation beating salaries and automated translation in VIP Magazine No. 75

In the monthly VIP magazine, specialists offer practical advice for business information professionals and VIP's team of contributing editors comment on what's happening in the industry.

VIP Insight feature this month...

Copyright law and policies have lagged behind the rapid changes in content publishing and delivery - and users' actions may be putting their organisations at risk of copyright infringement even though they're trying to be well meaning. In a preview of FreePint's major research project on copyright policies and practices, Robin Neidorf reports that respondents are regarding copyright as more important and organisations have tools at their disposal to address copyright compliance. But end users are much more confident in their own understanding of copyright than information managers are, suggesting that organisations may be at risk from overconfidence.

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InScope this month includes...

Special Libraries Association figures show that information professionals' salaries seem to be continuing their inflation beating trend for the third year in a row - in North America at least. A forthcoming SLA survey on how business information purchasing is re-tooling to meet the challenges of the 'new economy' may possibly explain why.

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From Tap the Wire: Industry News...

Copyright is 'the biggest usage killer in today's information environment' according to a controversial statement by Pharma Documentation Ring president Henning Nielsen, speaking at the recent Content Workflow 2010 event in Frankfurt. And William Hayes of biotechnology firm Biogen called for more 'integgregation' - the practice of aggregating and integrating information - calling it 'the last mile' in information delivery, where information was most valuable to its end-users.

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And from Tap the Wire: Product News...

As with other automated translation systems, Dow Jones Factiva's new translation tool, now available in beta, gives mixed results, and a human translator is essential for mission critical information. But it's welcome nevertheless - it's a free service, fully integrated with Factiva and consequently a time saver, and will open up a significant volume of international content to business researchers.

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Horizon - early warning for decision makers...

Horizon this month considers the implications of mobile devices shortly overtaking PCs as the internet access tool of choice, looks at the latest twist in the argument over charging for use of web links, and reports the counter-intuitive finding that routing information direct to users' desktops actually increases content costs.

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VIP LiveWire

VIP contributing editors comment daily on what's happening in the industry.
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Most Read Postings on the LiveWire Recently...

  • The New York Times reported this week that Westlaw and LexisNexis are both introducing sweeping changes to their legal search services, in a bid to make it easier and faster for users to find the information they need.
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  • For those of us whose daily bread involves searching for and analysing snippets of business information, it is easy to forget that for the large proportion of information professionals employed in the scientific and medical sectors, the traditional library function of retrieving and disseminating entire documents remains an important part of their responsibilities.
    Read the full story at:

  • Last week saw a further development in the battle between news aggregators, specifically NewsNow and newspaper publishers. Rupert Murdoch's News International, which had not joined the Newspaper Licensing Agency's web licensing scheme decided to take action into its own hands.
    Read the full story at:

  • Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, recently launched Datastore, a new initiative to open up information from the Greater London Authority and its functional bodies. Hundreds of data sets about the capital are now available in prototype format. The formal launch is at the end of January 2010 with a larger number of data packages and an improved user interface.
    Read the full story at:

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...

  • ByWater Solutions Celebrates One Year of Providing Open Source Services to Libraries ByWater Solutions...
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  • Axiell develops world's first mobile application for dual access to library information via iPhone AND Android...
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  • Relieving budget pressures on libraries and information centers can be done year-round rather than during once-a-year budget reviews and is most easily initiated by evaluating external document delivery services and configurations, according to a new white paper by Reprints Desk...
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VIP - Forthcoming Topics

  • Experian UK
  • Russian company information (comparative review)
  • Mergent
  • InfoDesk
  • Stratfor

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 Jinfo - Jobs and Events in Information

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  • Area Sales Manager
    Sales experienced Danish, Dutch & Norwegian speaker sought by information partner offering research solutions to manage & cultivate new & existing business...
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    Country: United Kingdom

  • Appraisal Archivist
    Applications are invited for the two posts of Appraisal Archivists at the Bermuda Government Archives. Under the direction of the Director the post holders will be key members of a team responsible...
    Recruiter: The Cabinet Office
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  • Director
    A Director is required for a newly created not-for-profit Foundation. The Foundation is active...
    Recruiter: TFPL Intelligent Resources
    Country: United Kingdom

  • Researchers (3) ideally with second language
    Bilingual Researchers with fluency in at least one other European language and online database knowledge for new Business Intelligence vacancies.
    Recruiter: Glen Recruitment
    Country: United Kingdom

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