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FreePint 15th April 2010


My Favourite Tipples

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FUMSI Features

  • Knowledge in the Round: Information Management in a 3-D World
  • Presentation Tools: Beyond Powerpoint

VIP Features

  • Opinions on creditworthiness and federated online publishing
  • Recent postings to the LiveWire
  • Recent postings to the Wire

Jinfo - Jobs and Events

Jobs in Information:

  • Business Intelligence Researcher
  • Knowledge Management Strategist
  • Territory Manager, Business Development
  • Research Manager
  • more ...

Events in Information:

  • Essential skills for LIS staff
  • EPublishing Innovation Forum
  • ICI-1 Competitive Intelligence Basics Workshop
  • SLA's Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO 2010

Highlights from DocuTicker

  • The EU Role in Global Health
  • How are Shorts Informed? Short Sellers, News, and Information Processing

Highlights from ResourceShelf

  • Facts for Features from the U.S. Census Bureau


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By Susan Farrell

As a web professional I find it hard to search websites without being super-critical about them. It's an annoying habit both for me and those around me (akin to pointing out when apostrophes are missing from menus!), but there are some websites which have made their way onto my list of those that are good and useful.

  • Jakob Nielsen is THE usability guru so his website is a must for web professionals. His Alertbox keeps us up-to-date with the latest news but, if you are looking for a bit of nostalgia, you can also use it to go back as far as 1995 and read about the issues of the time. It makes you realise how far the web has come.

  • I've recently discovered a new group of superheros - The Webcredibles - who will 'save your website from a deathly user experience'! It is full of great, free advice on user research and user-centric design. The comic strips featuring Dr Webcredible and Webcrawler are a fun way of putting across some serious points.

  • James Robertson's StepTwo website is another fount of knowledge, particularly for those managing intranets. It lists a range of resources available to help with various aspects of intranets and the blog (Column Two) is great for finding out about hot topics.

  • The BBC's website is the standard that many web professionals aspire to...if only we had the same budget! It never ceases to amaze me how they manage to make it easy to find such a wealth of information. So, if I'm looking for the best way to do something, I will consult the BBC website and then hope I can replicate it using very little money.

  • I need to be able to send large files to colleagues and clients quickly and I have found that is not only an easy URL to remember, it is also the location of a free, fast service for files up to 200Mb. You can also send larger files for a relatively small cost.

Susan is a web professional with a background in information science. Her career has spanned everything from abstracting and editing to website development and content management system implementations.

She spent the last few years as Head of Web and Portal Services at King's College London, and now she specialises in maximising the effectiveness of web presence. Susan gained a BSc in Biology from Durham University many years ago, and an MSc in Information Science from Sheffield University almost as long ago, and certainly long before the web was even dreamed about!

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    There's a lot of valuable comment at the VIP LiveWire. The following are the most popular posts from our contributing editors over the last 30 days: Be 'Fluent', capture the sentiment Q&A with Ed Colleran, Copyright Clearance Center Google creates a negative buzz Bloomberg Law - creating the "big three"? What's best for the business news reader? Subscribe to the free VIP Wires Weekly to stay informed. Your comments on any posting are always welcome.
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 FUMSI Features

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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:

Knowledge in the Round: Information Management in a 3-D World

By John O'Gorman
FUMSI: Manage

In a digital world, a single- or two-dimensional approach to information classification is increasingly out of step. Using the precepts of Q6 and Quantum Semantics, John O'Gorman describes a multi-dimensional approach that transforms flat metadata and keywords into rich information assets.

WHAT'S INSIDE: 'Fact: computers are stupid. Fast, but stupid. You would be fast, too if all you had to worry about were two dimensions.'

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Presentation Tools: Beyond Powerpoint

Martin BelamBy Martin Belam
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In an age where an ability to produce a compelling slide presentation can be a means of improving job stability or garnering attention for an underappreciated project or department, Powerpoint skills can be critical. But the Microsoft presentation software isn't the only game in town, as Martin Belam explains in this look at paid and free alternatives.

WHAT'S INSIDE: 'You can upload images for your presentation from your computer, or do as Google suggests, and "try adding images from a website by dragging them onto the slide". It is a nifty bit of functionality - but it maybe ought to come with a warning about copyright theft!'

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  • Document management
  • Semantic library catalogues
  • LIS Research Coalition
  • Social media expertise, revisited

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VIP issue 76Opinions on creditworthiness and federated online publishing reviewed in VIP Magazine No. 76

Give credit where it's due is Perrin Kerravala's two-handled advice as she both acknowledges Experian's market leadership in the field of United Kingdom business credit reporting and assesses its effectiveness in helping users understand the likelihood of a business's future success or failure.

Reviewing Experian's business-to-business information platform, e-Series business, she rates it not only essential for financial services businesses conducting due diligence and risk assessment, but also invaluable for librarians doing research on UK private companies.  Perrin likes its depth of detail and easy-to-use interface - but criticises its extremely limited exporting capabilities to other applications and the absence of automatic 'push' alerting.

Making sense of a plethora of federated information sources at low cost is the claim made for InfoDesk Inc's InfoViewer, which enables users to personalise, view, search, publish and export real-time information extracted from any electronic source to which they have access.

Subjecting these claims to detailed testing, Jonathan Gordon-Till finds that content filtered through InfoViewer can be delivered through a variety of publishing options including to Blackberrys. He's impressed by its multimedia capabilities and ability to create current awareness newsletters simply but effectively - but notes that users can't create or edit their own templates and that InfoDesk itself has to do the configuration of InfoViewer with source providers.

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VIP - Forthcoming Topics

  • Russian company information (comparative review)
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 Jinfo - Jobs and Events in Information

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  • Business Intelligence Researcher
    Bright researcher with high intellect to work in expanding Business Consultancy based in Central London.
    Recruiter: Glen Recruitment
    Country: United Kingdom

  • Knowledge Management Strategist
    A global investment bank requires a fixed term Knowledge Management Strategist to undertake research...
    Recruiter: TFPL Intelligent Resources
    Country: United Kingdom

  • Territory Manager, Business Development
    Play a pivotal role delivering max. commercial income, developing business with customers & contracting with distribution channels...
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  • Research Manager: 21hrs pw, Fixed-Term Maternity Cover to April 2011
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  • Knowledge and Information Manager - Scholl
    A key role in SSL's dynamic Group Innovation Team supporting the development, launch and in-market support of Scholl Products.
    Recruiter: SSL International Plc
    Country: United Kingdom

  • Library & Archive Supervisor
    Challenging role to work onsite at this organisations' client company in the North East, as library and archive supervisor.
    Recruiter: Sue Hill Recruitment and Services Limited
    Country: United Kingdom

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Jinfo Events:

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  • Essential skills for LIS staff
    Ideal for those new to working in a library or information service or as a refresher, this two-day course covers the core skills needed from basic enquiry handling skills...
    Organiser: CILIP
    Date: 27-28 Apr 2010
    Country: United Kingdom

  • EPublishing Innovation Forum
    The 3rd annual E-Publishing Innovation Forum returns with the aim of confronting the issues that threaten the Publishing Industry. Organiser: Incisive Media
    Date: 25-26 May 2010
    Country: United Kingdom

  • ICI-1 Competitive Intelligence Basics Workshop
    Organiser: Institute for Competitive Intelligence
    Date: 9-10 Sep 2010
    Country: United States

  • SLA's Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO 2010
    SLA's 2010 leading-edge conference for information professionals from around the globe for networking and learning opportunities!
    Organiser: SLA
    Date: 13-16 Jun 2010
    Country: United States

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Resource of the Week - Facts for Features from the U.S. Census Bureau

Facts for Features and Special Editions consist of collections of statistics from the Census Bureau's demographic and economic subject areas intended to commemorate anniversaries or observances or to provide background information for topics in the news. That's a modest description of how awesome this particular Census Bureau is. And it is an archive, with individual releases dated back to January 2000.

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