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FreePint 13th May 2010


My Favourite Tipples

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FUMSI Features

  • Next generation catalogues, discovery interfaces and their role in helping meet changing user needs
  • An InfoRant on the State of Information Management Today

VIP Features

  • Introducing SourceWire
  • Recent postings to the LiveWire
  • Recent postings to the Wire

Jinfo - Jobs and Events

Jobs in Information:

  • UK Research Lead - Maternity Cover
  • Head of Subject Support Project
  • Intranet Administrator

Events in Information:

  • EPublishing Innovation Forum
  • Risks and Opportunities: Managing information in difficult times
  • SLA's Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO 2010

Highlights from DocuTicker

  • Use of Combination Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella Vaccine: Recommendations...
  • Financial Literacy and Subprime Mortgage Delinquency: Evidence from a Survey...

Highlights from ResourceShelf

  • BatchGeo


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By Robin Neidorf

Robin NeidorfShould your desk have a sign reading, 'Warning: Contents under pressure'? If so, you're not alone - most information practitioners today are under a lot of competing pressures:

  • Do more with less (budget, staff, resources)
  • Deliver value-added results
  • Extract all the juice out of paid-for resources
  • Find and maximise use of non-paid resources
  • Stay on top of ever-changing requirements.

It's enough to make any pressure-cooker blow.

Warning: Contents under pressureStress is sometimes more manageable, though, when you have context. Recent and upcoming FreePint Research reports can help you put your own experiences into the broader context of what other professionals are experiencing and open up possibilities for resolving the challenges.

Streamlining processes can help you do more with less. Products that fit into your workflow can make a big difference in your efficiency and productivity. Participate in the current FreePint Survey on Workflow -- the resulting report will be published later this month.

In other recent research (such as the VIP Report: News Needs and Preferences and the VIP Report: Economic Impact Research), respondents have told us about their shift towards non-paid resources and pay-per-use products. They are opting for 'just in time' rather than 'just in case' purchasing. We're exploring this trend in greater detail with a new project on buying patterns. The FreePint Survey on Buying Patterns, supported through the sponsorship of Alacra, Elsevier, Hoover's and Leadership Directories, investigates how researchers manage their own knowledge about sources in this changing environment. Participate in the FreePint Survey on Buying Patterns; the results of this one will be published in early June.

Don't forget to register your interest in learning about future research projects.

Many exhibitors preparing for SLA's annual conference in New Orleans have already asked about getting a preview of the buying patterns research results, to help them understand what it's like inside that pressure-cooker. If you work for an exhibitor and want a preview, contact me ( In the meantime, the FreePint team itself is busily preparing for our exhibit at SLA. If you plan to attend, register your interest and we'll let you know when you can meet our staff and editors. If you can't get there this year, you can still stay informed from afar.

Be sure to stop at Table No. 7 to flip through printed versions of our publications - I guarantee the hard copies will give you a new perspective on what you get through the FreePint Family.

Short of a trip to the Big Easy, a browse through the FreePint Shop could also give you a new perspective. Find VIP Reports on Products for resources you subscribe to or those you're considering. Select FUMSI Reports to guide information-related projects.

You might even find the resource that will relieve the pressures on your desk today.

Robin Neidorf
General Manager

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 My Favourite Tipples

William Patterson

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By William Patterson

  • Extreme Presentation Method
    If you want to develop an effective presentation, this is a best-class model for doing it. Dr. Andrew Abela (Catholic University of America) bases his model on over 200 research studies from a variety of fields. He welcomes open collaboration from his students and other interested parties to help refine and improve the technique. One company, Juice Analytics, adopted Dr. Abela's chart choosing method and created a on-line tool at I highly recommend this approach and follow it religiously when I develop presentations. Check out his blog too -

  • The Wall Street Journal Guide to Information Graphics
    This one is a must have if you live in a presentation world. Dona Wong, a former student of Edward Tufte, has put together an excellent guide to designing good charts that will help you effectively tell your story. She dives into how to communicate with decision makers when you have just a couple of minutes, as well as effective use of chart types and color. I refer to Wong's book every time I am looking to build presentations with data, it is a great companion to the Extreme Presentation Method mentioned above.

  • Bloomberg Businessweek
    I have always been a fan of Businessweek and with it's recent hand off to Bloomberg I am doubly impressed with it's quality and value. I am especially enamored of the visually powerful way they present data. This is the one publication that I allow myself the luxury of receiving in hard copy....

  • McKinsey Quarterly
    As Tess McGill says in "Working Girl" ( you never know where the big ideas are going to come from. If you are working in the business realm and you are looking for big ideas, you simply must read McKinsey on a regular basis. In my office we often use McKinsey articles for our journal discussion meetings.

  • OneBag
    This might seem like a strange one, but I am fanatic about travelling light, especially for business. The site has some great tips on the science of one bag travel (as well as other travel tips) and why it will benefit you. A frequent traveller myself, I take pride in following many of the principles espoused on the site. If you are in the market for the perfect bag to help you travel lightly, OneBag has some great suggestions.

William Patterson is the Director of Research & Analytics for PricewaterhouseCoopers. He served as the guest editor for the April 2010 issue of VIP, and his opening editorial can be found on the VIP LiveWire.

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Latest posts at the FreePint Bar:

  • [FUMSI] Latest popular articles
    The following are the most popular FUMSI articles over the last 30 days: * Presentation Tools: Beyond Powerpoint * Enterprise Content Management: Another Role for Info Pros * Knowledge in the Round: Information Management in a 3-D World * Automatic Classification: A Panel Discussion * Second Life for Business: Ten Techniques Free uses of FUMSI articles are supported by our sponsors.
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  • [RS] Resource of the Week: Batchgeo
    Someone showed me this free batch geocoding tool recently. Very impressive; it's simple to use and can be a ginormous time saver. Have you ever found yourself with a list of addresses that you had to map? Doing them one by one, with Google Maps, isn't really that difficult, but it can be tedious as heck. And the more addresses you have, the more tedious it gets, right? Next time, give BatchGeo a try.
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  • [VIP] Latest popular LiveWire posts
    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: * Free online access this week * A chink in the FT's paywall * Leverage your research for intelligence * Burson Marsteller 2010 Social Media report * Hart to head up InfoGroup? Subscribe to the free VIP Wires Weekly to stay informed. Your comments on any posting are always welcome.
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  • [RS] Resource of the Week: Politicsresources.Net
    Resource of the Week - Politicsresources.Net - British General Election, 2010 A British General Election will take place on May 6th. For a gateway to many of the key sources of information, the General Election page of is very hard to beat. The site also includes some original content, as in this page about the party leaders' TV debates (the first ever in Britain).
    Read posting online »

  • [FreePint] Celebrating with Special Offers
    A lot has changed within the FreePint Family since Issue No. 1, published 6 November 1997. And yet much remains the same. That first issue featured two articles: 'Back to Searching Basics,' and 'Major Sources of Business Information on the Internet'. Neither topic would be out of place in Issue No. 301. For more blasts from the past, check out the FreePint Newsletter archive. It's also gratifying to see that a number of the early advertisers remain important partners: Dow Jones, Financial Times and TFPL were among the advertisers in that first issue, and you'll see their support across our sites and resources today. Changes abound, however, and several Issue 300 Special Offers can help you learn more about them...
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 FUMSI Features

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Next generation catalogues, discovery interfaces and their role in helping meet changing user needs

Fiona BradleyBy Fiona Bradley

Discovery interfaces are bringing a new search experience for library users including tagging, book reviews and faceted browsing, but more is needed because of the growing expectation that information will be available via mobile devices. They are also opening up the privacy debate with features such as reading histories and recommended related items.

WHAT'S INSIDE: 'Many academic and public libraries are investing in enhancements to their ILS to provide a better search experience for users. The traditional catalogue, unfriendly to users and unforgiving of both user error and changing user needs, was long overdue for an update. Discovery layer software seeks to provide a search experience that is simpler to use, but at the same time gives users more options to refine their searches and browse library resources.'

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An InfoRant on the State of Information Management Today

Mark FieldBy Mark Field
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At a time when there is more information than ever before, and production has outstripped storage, Mark Field questions the emergence of different belief systems around information management and the lack of interest is assigning keywords, and concludes that information is the wild frontier where explorers blunder about studiously ignoring each other's expeditions.

WHAT'S INSIDE: 'In the context of the 21st century, in which there is more information than ever before and production has outstripped storage by 600 exabytes, almost separate belief systems have emerged around information management: the existing separation of information as technology and information as meaningful content, which is magnified by the appearance of new information professional tribes. Information is the wild frontier, the shopping mall and the industrial revolution, in which those tribes of explorers blunder about, studiously ignoring each other's expeditions.'

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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 77The movement of sources into and out of aggregated platforms is difficult to track, and yet essential for information managers to keep a handle on. The investment many organisations make in subscribing to aggregators is predicated on the assumption that the sources they need will be available. When availability changes, information managers may need to scramble to come up with alternatives.

SourceWire, a new column in VIP Magazine, made its debut in the April issue (No. 77). Featuring the results of VIP's subscriber survey on which sources are essential and the role of aggregators in managing an information portfolio, the debut column lays the groundwork for future coverage of the movement of sources. Our editorial team will be updating SourceWire every month, and the results will only be published in VIP Magazine.

The LiveWire blog also covers sources on an ad hoc basis. Recent postings relating to sources include:

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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...

  • What's best for the business news reader?
    With scarcely a murmur, the Financial Times has shut down Newssift, the semantic based global business news aggregator it launched almost exactly a year ago. It's just the latest turn of the screw in the malaise facing business news generally...
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  • Meltwater and Nexis lose Times content
    News International seems to be continuing in its mission to prevent other news organisations from crawling the web for its content. In January, we reported that aggregator NewsNow had been blocked from linking to content from The Times...
    Read posting online »

  • Tweeting while we work in London
    Tweeting for business was a topic for discussion on both sides of the pond last week. While Nancy Davis Kho attended the SIIA lunch in New York and listened to speakers talking about using Twitter for business, I was a member of the audience at SLA Europe's informative event in London entitled 'Tweeting while we work'.
    Read posting online »

  • Sixty million executives can't be wrong
    It sometimes seems as if LinkedIn can do no wrong. But it's just received a small setback that, once again, raises questions about how best to harness the power of social networking for business...
    Read posting online »

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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...

  • Axiell & BridgeIT's new libraries' smartphone
    Library patrons can now visit their library via their iPhone or Android device; Axiell and BridgeIT's new application is now live and enabling users to gain direct access to their library 24/7. Known as Axiell - My Library, the software is available to customers of all libraries using the Axiell Arena 24-hour virtual library portal from Axiell, the technology and business solutions specialist for public libraries and archives.
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  • Syntax and Semantics Book Series
    Emerald appoints new Editor for leading linguistics book series, Syntax and Semantics
    United Kingdom, May 2010 - Emerald Group Publishing Limited is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Jeff Runner (University of Rochester, New York, USA) as Series Editor for the Syntax and Semantics book series. Professor Runner will be taking on the role immediately, working on the series' next volume expected for publication in 2011.
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  • ISI Emerging Markets Releases EMIS2GO iPhone Application
    London / New York --(May 3, 2010) - ISI Emerging MarketsTM (ISI), the leader in hard-to-get information on more than 80 emerging markets, today announced the release of an application for the iPhone, called EMIS2GO. The application will allow users to easily view and explore Emerging Market Information Service (EMIS).
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  • UK Research Lead - Maternity Cover
    A leading professional services firm require a UK Research lead for a fixed term contract to cover...
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  • Head of Subject Support Project
    Prestigious university has 2 year contract to manage projects and change, building strong relationships with other institutes and developing policy. GBP 47-50,000...
    Recruiter: Sue Hill Recruitment and Services Limited
    Country: United Kingdom

  • Intranet Administrator
    To work in a small team and assist with supporting internal and external information content for the firm's intranet.
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 Highlights from ResourceShelf

ResourceShelfEvery week, the editors of ResourceShelf explore a Resource of the Week. Get them for free every week via email by subscribing to the ResourceShelf Newsletter.

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Recently published:

Resource of the Week - BatchGeo

Someone showed me this free batch geocoding tool recently. Very impressive; it's simple to use and can be a ginormous time saver.

Have you ever found yourself with a list of addresses that you had to map? Doing them one by one, with Google Maps, isn't really that difficult, but it can be tedious as heck. And the more addresses you have, the more tedious it gets, right? Next time, give BatchGeo a try.

Say you're looking for a house or an apartment, and you've got a list of places you want to see. Enter the list of addresses into a spreadsheet; you can use a standard application like Excel, Numbers, Google Docs, Open Office Calc, or you can use BatchGeo's downloadable template (though you may not need all the info included there). The more precise your addresses - i.e., including the zip codes - the better your results will be. When you're done, highlight all the spreadsheet data and copy it. Head over to, click in the source data field, then paste your spreadsheet data...

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