Newsletter Archive

Newsletter No.304

« Previous Newsletter Feed Next Newsletter »

FreePint 24th June 2010


My Favourite Tipples

FreePint Bar

FUMSI Features

  • From Sumo to Samurai: getting your taxonomies fighting fit
  • The social intranet fires-up knowledge sharing

VIP Features

  • Warming up cold calls, managing copyright behaviour and understanding cultural differences in social media
  • Recent postings to the LiveWire
  • Recent postings to the Wire

Jinfo - Jobs and Events

Jobs in Information:

  • Information & Research Assistant
  • Research Manager - Technology Specialist
  • Head of Academic Services
  • Business Researcher
  • Records Management Officer
  • Assistant Information Services Officer

Events in Information:

  • Summarising from websites
  • AHIS Conference

Highlights from DocuTicker

  • IRS ETAAC Presents Annual Report to Congress
  • Cash and Lobbyists Come Ashore in Gulf States

Highlights from ResourceShelf

  • Pathfinder for Government Statistics From GODORT


Contact Information

 About FreePint

FreePint publishes newsletters, websites, magazines and resources for the information industry. The FreePint Family of publications publishes practical tips, product reviews, expert tips, research collections and hands-on tools to support information work of all kinds.

This twice-monthly free FreePint Newsletter serves as a guide to the latest content, including discussion at the Bar, tips articles, vacancies, professional development events, product reviews, editorial commentary and more. Subscribing is free and connects you with the information community around the world. Subscribe today.

The FreePint Bar provides the latest announcements, including publication contents. Subscribe to an RSS feed for the FreePint Bar for the fastest updates.

Please share FreePint with others by forwarding this newsletter.


By Robin Neidorf

Robin Neidorf

FreePint Research Report: Buying Patterns - request your free copy

Six months into 2010, the information industry seems to be stabilising. The just-published FreePint Research Report: Buying Patterns indicates that budgets are more likely to be stable than they were 10 months ago, when we published the VIP Report: Economic Impact Research. In the earlier report, 57 percent of respondents reported declining budgets and 27 percent reported no change; in the current project, only 43 percent reported declines and 36 percent reported no change. If 'flat is the new up', then this looks encouraging.

Are budgets stabilising?However, respondents in FreePint Research Report: Buying Patterns are still facing close scrutiny with every purchase. We asked detailed questions about preferences for pay-per-use and free resources, as well as the kinds of challenges information managers face in making purchases. Request your free copy of the full report to learn more and compare our results to your own environment.

SLA Annual Conference Report

Ambivalent messages about the economy, budgets and buying pressures were also common themes at SLA's annual conference last week in New Orleans. Attendance may have been thinner than at last year's centennial celebration in Washington, D.C., but we came away with just as many ideas for product reviews, feature stories, reports and offerings as ever.

If you were at SLA 2010, please take a few minutes to share your thoughts for the FreePint SLA 2010 Special Report. Tell us about the most interesting session you attended, a new idea you want to try, or a great conversation. You'll get a free copy of the full report, providing you with a broader range of insight and experience, plus our editorial framework.

Couldn't make it this year? You can still contribute by telling us how you followed from afar - what blogs and Tweets did you find most helpful? Or simply register your interest in receiving the report, and we'll be sure to send it to you upon publication.

FreePint Family Resources

In addition to research results and special event reports, our usual portfolio of resources comes out every month. In addition to the FreePint Newsletter, you can get other free newsletters from across the FreePint Family:

  • VIP Wires Weekly: Analysis from VIP contributing editors on what's happening in the information industry

  • FUMSI Focus: Latest postings on how to Find, Use, Manage and Share Information, from our FUMSI contributing editors and members of our community

  • ResourceShelf Newsletter: Guide to free, high-quality web-based resources for business research

  • DocuTicker Newsletter: Guide to grey literature on the web

  • Jinfo Update: Listings of the latest vacancies and events to support your job in information.

But that's just the beginning. Visit the FreePint Shop to find the latest VIP Reports on Products (in-depth reviews) and FUMSI Reports (expert-written guides on information topics) and more.

Have questions about how to get the most out of FreePint? We're always happy to help. Simply click 'Live Support' on any of our sites for immediate chat help, or send a request for a custom overview to

Robin Neidorf
General Manager

FreePint is a Registered Trademark of Free Pint Limited (R) 1997-2010

 My Favourite Tipples

Angus Robertson

Submit your list of up to five favourite tipples to for publication with your byline and photo in the FreePint Newsletter. Have a single tip to share? Post it to the FUMSI Forum.

By Angus Robertson

  • The Economist
    Along with The New Yorker, The Economist is the only "premium" magazine I still receive in print form.  I continue to be amazed at how much quality original content is packed into each issue, and The Economist folks are always adding more features and content to the online version in ways that integrate very well with the print edition. I tend to use the online version for business and political stories and the print version for the excellent arts and sciences coverage.

  • NPR and BBC
    I'm a huge public radio listener and both NPR and the BBC have done a much better job of exploiting the web than most print-based organizations. is an essential supplement to the over-the air broadcast, both for catching up on shows I have missed and also for original content on topics such as music, books and finance and to send links to items I like to friends and business associates.

    The BBC World Service no longer broadcasts to the United States, but the BBC website is a great way to keep up with politics, and sports and arts news from my country of birth, as well as being an excellent source of world news.

  • The Daily Beast
    Tina Brown knows how to edit. As a content curator focusing on business and finance content, I especially appreciate The Daily Beast's intelligent distillations of top news items across the spectrum of politics, business, arts and sports that captures the zeitgeist.

  • Executive Blogs and
    There aren't many wealthy corporate executive bloggers who aren't just tooting their own horn (or who even write their blog themselves) but Ted Leonsis is one of the exceptions. OK, so I'm a Washington Capitals fan, but Ted's Take also is thoughtful on technology, management, philanthropy, documentary film and just life in general. And he doesn't waste words. I also enjoy Fred Wilson's blog at, not only for his views on venture capital and to learn where technology is headed, but also for his personal reviews on products such as the iPad and his thoughts on management and leadership.

Angus Robertson is an advisor to content businesses. He curates Research Recap (, a professional blog highlighting the best financial research, and the Alacra Pulse blog (, which highlights commentary from traditional and alternative analysts and executives. He is affiliated with Sabatier Consulting.

Would you like to add your Favourite Tipples suggestions for the FreePint Newsletter or write an article for FUMSI (Find, Use, Manage or Share Information?).

If so, please submit them to
View the guidelines at: <>.

Back to top ^

Thomson Reuters On Demand

Looking for individual customized reports based on Thomson Reuters content?

Purchase what you want, when you want with Thomson Reuters On Demand:

  • customized reports delivered to your email inbox by our team of expert analysts
  • access to industry-leading content, data, and analytics from sources you trust
  • convenient credit card billing options

Find out more at

Financial Times

More than 700 corporate customers now benefit from the FT corporate license

Learn how »

"We've been delighted with the flexibility of the programme, which enables us to pay a single fee and have the FT content delivered through multiple channels." -- CIO of Clifford Chance

Download the case study on how law firm LG uses the FT to support its knowledge strategy.

 FreePint Bar

The FreePint Bar is where we publish information about the latest content from across the FreePint Family of resources.

The FreePint Bar is sponsored by:

Thomson Reuters on Demand      

Latest posts at the FreePint Bar:

  • [FreePint] Back from SLA 2010
    If you joined us in steamy hot New Orleans, I hope you had as useful a time as we did. Please take a minute to share your experiences, new ideas and 'aha' moments for the FreePint SLA 2010 Special Report. Your comments can be a few sentences or a few paragraphs. Everyone who contributes receives a free copy of the full report upon publication. Contribute now: Couldn't make it? You can still contribute. Tell us how you followed the proceedings - whose Tweets, updates, blog postings or RSS feeds did you find useful?
    Read posting online »

  • [FUMSI] Latest popular articles
    The following are the most popular FUMSI articles over the last 30 days: * The social intranet fires-up knowledge sharing * Real-Time Monitoring: Tools and Trends to Watch * Next generation catalogues, discovery interfaces and their role in helping meet changing user needs * Writing for the public domain * The Greening of a Business: Beyond the Bottom Line Free uses of FUMSI articles are supported by our sponsors.
    Read posting online »

  • [RS] Resource of the Week: Pathfinder for Government Statistics From GODORT
    I have the sort of day job where someone is always asking for statistics - and the source must be highly credible. Which means a lot of time poking around in government websites. That is why I am always happy to find a good pathfinder put together by knowledgeable folks - such as this one from the America Library Association's Government Documents Round Table (GODORT).
    Read posting online »

  • [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: * High time to change copyright laws * Google Caffeine stimulates search * Going mobile at SLA2010 * Social networks - who's watching the big picture? * Dispatch from the Exhibit Hall -SLA2010 Subscribe to the free VIP Wires Weekly to stay informed. Your comments on any posting are always welcome.
    Read posting online »

Visit the FreePint Bar »

Back to top ^

 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.

Become a fan of FUMSI on Facebook »

Follow FUMSI on Twitter »

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:

From Sumo to Samurai: getting your taxonomies fighting fit:
Part 1

Kate SimpsonBy Kate Simpson
FUMSI: Manage

Hierarchical taxonomies seem to dominate our lives because they are supported by most of the tools we use daily, from Windows Explorer to content management systems. But are they the best way of organising and finding our digital documents? In the first part of a two part series, Kate Simpson demonstrates the many benefits of using facets.

WHAT'S INSIDE: 'Hierarchical taxonomies and folder structures are not just used because that's what people know, but because the majority of tools we have to hand support them, and not facets. But where tools do support it, faceted classification is better.'

Read, print, save or forward this article now »

The social intranet fires-up knowledge sharing

Toby WardBy Toby Ward
FUMSI: Share

The Internet's poor cousin, the corporate intranet, has come of age because of the rise in the use of social media. With the introduction of Intranet 2.0 tools such as blogs, wikis, discussion forums etc, the humble intranet has become a powerful tool for employee collaboration and knowledge management.

WHAT'S INSIDE: 'Long the poorer, maligned cousin to the Internet, the corporate intranet has stagnated under limited budgets and the long held perception that customers and the corporate website are far more important investments. Thanks largely to the social media uprising, more collaborative vehicles such as blogs, wikis and social networking have jumped the firewall and have taken flight on the intranet.'

Read, print, save or forward this article now »


The latest recommendations and tips from our editors, contributors and community:

Visit the FUMSI Forum »

FUMSI - Forthcoming Topics

  • Social intranet
  • Wolfram Alpha
  • Repurposing information work product
  • SharePoint
  • Mobile intranet

If you have a suggestion for an article topic, or would like to write, then please contact <> or read the notes for authors at

Browse all FUMSI articles »

Subscribe to the free FUMSI Focus to receive a weekly update of the latest FUMSI Forum discussion.

Back to top ^

Moreover Technologies

Well-Fed Is Well-Read:

Get a Free Trial of Moreover Newsdesk

Our "Feed of Feeds" gives you the most news content from the Web.

Powerful filtering tools hone in on what your audience wants and needs.

Add your custom touches, and your newsletter keeps your team on track and in the know.

Learn more and request your free 2-week trial »

Contribute to our SLA 2010 Special Report

Share the Insights from SLA

Contribute now »

  • New ideas you want to try
  • Your impressions of your favourite session
  • Great conversations or insights gleaned

All contributors receive a free copy of the full report. Request your copy now »

 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 78Warming up cold calls, managing copyright behaviour and understanding cultural differences in social media - all in VIP Magazine No. 78

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 Insider feature this month...
Social networking services can be an absolute gold mine for researchers, giving you the vital background you need on your prospect to enable you to warm up your cold calls. But, as business researcher Ellen Naylor explains, they're not a panacea; sometimes they don't tell you enough about your prospects - perhaps because they deliberately keep their personal details scant - or don't give you enough prospects to make your results viable. So sometimes pre cold calling can be a real time saver and using social networks a waste of time - although you do need to understand your prospect's motivation if you're to make the call successful.

InScope this month includes...
Managing copyright is much more about managing behaviour than applying technological fixes, FreePint's survey on Copyright Policies and Practices concludes. But end users don't always see information managers as the corporate copyright specialists, even if they do have that formal role; there are opportunities here that information professionals need to seize.
Read the full story at:

From Tap the Wire: Industry News...
Seventy nine per cent of Fortune Global 100 companies are using at least one of the four platforms Twitter, Facebook, YouTube or corporate blogs, according to a recent report. But if they really want to reach clients in different local markets, they need to understand the cultural differences in the way social media platforms are used in different parts of the world.
Read the full story at:

And from Tap the Wire: Product News...
Big changes are signified at following its agreement to acquire the crowd-sourced business contact database company Jigsaw. Not only will it make it easier for's customers to locate information on individual contacts without having to enter it themselves, but it will also enable Salesforce to take advantage of the estimated $3 billion market for cloud-based data services.
Read the full story at:

Horizon - early warning for decision makers...
Horizon this month considers the implications of LinkedIn's withdrawal from market research, shows how knowledge workers' confidence in their awareness of copyright issues isn't always justified, and warns that the importance organisations attach to information management isn't always reflected in their practices.

Purchase VIP Magazine No. 78 from the FreePint Shop, or start your subscription now »

VIP LiveWire

VIP contributing editors comment daily on what's happening in the industry.
Visit the LiveWire for their insights, and subscribe to the free VIP Wires Weekly for regular alerts.

VIP Wires Weekly is generously sponsored by Financial Times.

Financial Times

Most Read Postings on the LiveWire Recently...

  • Health care 'socially' vibrant yet wary
    Have you ever had to look a person in eye with a long term chronic health condition and believe that the information you provide could potentially change their life for the better? I have...
    Read posting online »

  • Paywalls galore, but will they succeed?
    Newspaper and other media publishers in the US have been suffering more and longer from the economic downturn than their UK counterparts and have been struggling to come up with ideas to reverse their slump in revenues...
    Read posting online »

  • Business and social networking - honeymoon over?
    In view of Facebook's recent privacy debacle, it's perhaps not surprising that people are now far more likely to give only their friends access to their social networking profiles than they were a couple of years ago. But the seeds of this crisis were planted well before the Facebook affair broke - and they call into question much of the rationale for exploiting social networks for business purposes...
    Read posting online »

  • acquires Jigsaw
    Last week the crowd-sourced business contact database company, Jigsaw, announced that it had signed an agreement to be acquired by, which offers cloud-based CRM applications. The deal, valued at $142 million plus a 10% performance-based premium, is expected to make it easier for's customers - primarily in the sales arena - to locate information on individual contacts without having to enter it themselves...
    Read posting online »

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 »

Purchase VIP Magazine No. 78 from the FreePint Shop, or start your subscription now »

VIP LiveWire »

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...

  • Emerald partners with ASFOR
    United-Kingdom, June 2010 - Emerald Group Publishing Limited, the world's leading publisher of management research, has signed an agreement with ASFOR, the Italian Association for the Development of Management Education. Effective from 1 June 2010, this partnership will enable both organizations to work together towards their common goals of supporting and developing management education and leadership.
    Read Press Release online »

  • Elsevier acquires Collexis
    Elsevier acquires Collexis, a leading developer of semantic technology and knowledge discovery software for research and development institutions. Acquisition accelerates Elsevier's ability to help researchers and decision-makers, establish, execute and evaluate research strategies and deliver higher ROI.
    Read Press Release online »

  • J. J. Keller's Webb Shaw to moderate first-ever SLA roundtable discussion
    SLA Rising Stars and SLA Fellows will share their collective insights on hot topics at the 2010 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO. Neenah, WI - Webb Shaw, Director of Editorial Resources at J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. will moderate the first-ever SLA Rising Stars/SLA Fellows Roundtable, in which both experienced information professionals and newer practitioners will discuss hot topics in the industry, ranging from the attributes you need in today's tough job market to making the case for an info pro's ROI.
    Read Press Release online »

VIP Wire »

VIP - Subscribe and Back Issues

Start a trial subscription today for only £80 for three months. Visit to start your trial. You can also purchase back-issues of VIP from the FreePint Shop.

VIP Archive »

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 - Forthcoming Topics

  • Westlaw UK vs. LexisLibrary
  • Debtwire
  • Alacra Compliance
  • EIU Country Risk

If you have a suggestion for an article topic, or would like to write, then please contact <> or read the notes for authors at

Back to top ^

FreePint Research Report: Buying Patterns

Learn What The Budget Demands

FreePint Research Report: Buying Patterns

Detailed results from the most recent FreePint Research documenting:

  • What's happening with content budgets
  • Who has decision authority on the overall budget and individual purchases
  • What role pay-per-use and free resources play in the content portfolio
  • And much more.

Request your free copy »

This project was generously sponsored by Alacra, Elsevier, Hoover's and Leadership Directories.


How Do You FUMSI?

However you Find, Use, Manage or Share Information, FUMSI can help

Subscribers save money and gain additional benefits. Request samples or start a three-month trial for only £39.

 Jinfo - Jobs and Events in Information

JinfoJinfo is the central location for supporting your information career. The Jinfo Jobs database lists vacancies, and the Jinfo Events database lists workshops, conferences, training, webinars and other professional development opportunities.

Start a free subscription to receive the weekly Jinfo Update, with a complete list of the latest vacancies and events, or search the databases at any time (free).

Jinfo Jobs in the FreePint Newsletter are supported through our partnership with Quantum2, an innovative skills development programme offered by Dialog. Learn more at <>.

Jinfo Jobs:

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

  • Information & Research Assistant
    Watson, Farley & Williams LLP ( is keen to recruit an assistant for their I&R department.
    Recruiter: Watson, Farley & Williams LLP

  • Research Manager - Technology Specialist
    Information Technology Research Manager / Specialist to manage virtual team for top Consultancy in London.
    Recruiter: Glen Recruitment
    Country: United Kingdom

  • Head of Academic Services
    East Midlands academic institute, maternity cover post, you will contribute to strategy, planning and management, provide direction and leadership. £45,155 - £52,347
    Recruiter: Sue Hill Recruitment and Services Limited
    Country: United Kingdom

  • Business Researcher
    Business Research Executive sought by a specialist consultancy to support the delivery of research...
    Recruiter: TFPL Intelligent Resources
    Country: United Kingdom

  • Records Management Officer
    An executive agency of government needs a Records Management Officer to cover maternity leave from early August 2010 for a period of ten months.
    Recruiter: UK Debt Management Office
    Country: United Kingdom

  • Assistant Information Services Officer
    Assistant Information Services Officer: This role is to provide information services to employees at Clarke Willmott and provide support to enable employees to use resources effectively.
    Recruiter: Clarke Willmott LLP
    Country: United Kingdom

Browse all Jinfo Jobs »

Jinfo Events:

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

  • Summarising from websites
    This new course will help you understand and apply the special principles associated with summarising electronic content and introduce effective reading, writing...
    Organiser: CILIP
    Date: 6th Jul 2010
    Country: United Kingdom

  • AHIS Conference
    AHIS - Animal Health Information Specialists (UK & Ireland) Conference
    Organiser: Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
    Date: 22nd Jul 2010
    Country: United Kingdom

Browse all Jinfo Events »

Jinfo - the best place for information-related job vacancies and professional development opportunities.

    - Advertise a vacancy for just £195
    - 10% discount for agencies
    - 50% discount for registered charities

    List it on Jinfo to reach a targeted audience seeking professional development opportunities
    - Get started at <>
    - Partner events listed for free; enquire at <>.

Find out more today at <>

Back to top ^

 Highlights from DocuTicker

DocuTicker publishes citations of full-text, free reports available on the web. Visit daily for new postings, or subscribe to the weekly DocuTicker Newsletter.

Recent postings:

Back to top ^

 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.

Become a fan of ResourceShelf and DocuTicker on Facebook.

Recently published:

Resource of the Week - Pathfinder for Government Statistics From GODORT

I have the sort of day job where someone is always asking for statistics - and the source must be highly credible. Which means a lot of time poking around in government websites. That is why I am always happy to find a good pathfinder put together by knowledgeable folks - such as this one from the America Library Association's Government Documents Round Table (GODORT).

This guide is simple but elegant. On the left side, you'll find a list of links to General Topics and Sites - which include "the usual suspects" like the Census Bureau's American FactFinder, Fedstats, and the Statistical Abstract of the United States. But there was also a link to one resource here that was completely new to me - this comprehensive Statistics and Demographics resource from the University of Texas Libraries.

View entire posting, including live links »

Back to top ^


A look back at what the FreePint Newsletter covered at this time in previous years:

FreePint Newsletter Archive »

Back to top ^

 Contact Information


Free Pint Limited
4-6 Station Approach Ashford, Middlesex TW15 2QN, United Kingdom

Contact Numbers:

Tel: 01784 605000 (UK) Int: +44 1784 605000 (international)
Fax: 01784 605555 (UK) Int: +44 1784 605555 (international)

Directions and maps: <>

(c) Free Pint Limited 1997-2010 <>
Technology by Willco <>

To subscribe, unsubscribe, change your subscriptions or password, visit <> or forward this email, with your request and registered email address, to <>. For details about contributing, advertising or to see past issues, please visit the Web site at <>.

Please note: FreePint (ISSN 1460-7239) is a registered trademark of, and published by, Free Pint Limited. The publishers will NEVER make the subscriber list available to any other company or organisation.

The opinions, advice, products and services offered herein are the sole responsibility of the contributors. Whilst all reasonable care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the publication, the publishers cannot accept responsibility for any errors or omissions.

This publication may be freely copied and/or distributed in its entirety. However, individual sections MAY NOT be copied and/or distributed without the prior written agreement of the publishers. Write to Robin Neidorf, General Manager, <> for more details. Product names used in FreePint are for identification purposes only, and may be trademarks of their respective owners. FreePint disclaims any and all rights in those marks. All rights reserved.

FreePint is published by Free Pint Limited, registered in England and Wales. Registered Number: 3754418. Registered Office: Delaport Coach House, Lamer Lane, Wheathampstead, Herts, AL4 8RQ

Back to top ^

« Previous Newsletter Feed Next Newsletter »

About this Newsletter

Back to top ^

Jinfo Newsletter

Click for the Jinfo Newsletter in new window/tabKeep up-to-date with the latest from Jinfo Research by email twice-monthly.

 Register free » 

Latest: No.494 10th May

What's new at Jinfo?

The information team with the right stuff"The information team with the right stuff"

This Research Focus provides analysis, expert articles, product reviews, webinars and Community sessions on how information teams can adapt and evolve to meet the new skills required in today's dynamic environment. (April - June 2018).

 Request free report » 

What else is new?

Explore by category

Register for our twice-monthly newsletter and keep up to date with what's new from Jinfo:

Latest: Jinfo Newsletter No.494 09 May 2018