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FreePint 21st October 2010


My Favourite Tipples

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FUMSI Features

  • For Digital Asset Management, Search is Not Enough
  • Creating Information Communities with Twitter: Notes for Publishers and Content Providers

VIP Features

  • News products in VIP
  • Recent postings to the LiveWire
  • Recent postings to the Wire

Jinfo - Jobs and Events

Jobs in Information:

  • Knowledge Advisor - Banking and Capital Markets
  • Senior Manager - Compliance
  • Strategic Analyst/Researcher - Debt & Equity

Events in Information:

  • Copyright in the Web 2.0 environment
  • Mobile Cloud Computing Forum
  • Online Mobile Cloud Computing Forum
  • Online Information 2010

Highlights from DocuTicker

  • Tracking progress towards Kyoto and 2020 targets in Europe
  • Medicare and Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Training in Medical Education

Highlights from ResourceShelf

  • MetaLib: A New Federated Search Tool from the GPO


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By Robin Neidorf

Robin Neidorf

How you spend your time demonstrates what you value, even more than how you spend your money. You can always make more money; time, once spent, is gone.

FreePint ResearchI hope you'll consider 5 to 10 minutes of your time a worthy investment in these FreePint Research projects:

  • Survey on Enterprise Market for Mobile Content: This is the second phase of a two-part project, involving a very brief survey on what mobile devices you currently use and what you'd like to have available. So far respondents seem to carry between 2 and 3 devices regularly, and the content they'd most like to have access to includes industry news and social networks.

  • Survey on News Needs and Preferences: Our third annual survey on news needs and preferences is closing up data collection shortly, but there's still time to share your perspective on budget pressures, desired features and other trends.

There's a clear ROI for your investment of time: All participants get a free copy of the resulting report(s), providing you with practical benchmarking, new ideas and early warning of emerging trends that may have an impact on your work in 2011 and beyond.

Time Studies

Across the FreePint Family, we invest our time in creating products and resources designed to save your time. Take VIP Reports on Products, for example: Every month, we research products, line up access for reviews, work with researchers on the review protocol, edit and fact-check every report, and format the results in a package that's easy for customers to use and distribute. Each report represents a time-investment of more than 80 hours.

And VIP publishes two of those each month, available for only £39 for single-site use. (Learn more and purchase them in the FreePint Shop, or subscribe to VIP for greater savings.)

ResourceShelf is another great example: Our contributing editors post high-quality resources to the freely available ResourceBlog night and day - an average of more than 300 per month. Taken together, our editors easily invest more than 100 hours every month to pull together these resources.

And the results are free to you -- simply visit the ResourceBlog online to get immediate value, and subscribe to the free ResourceShelf Newsletter for weekly updates.

I could pick so many other examples, from FUMSI Articles and FUMSI Reports to the hundreds of monthly DocuBase citations. But the results are consistent: FreePint invests our time and resources to help you save your time for tasks of higher immediate value to you and your employer.

What's it's worth to you? Share your FreePint testimonial, and help us spread the word.

Robin Neidorf
General Manager

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 My Favourite Tipples

Stephanie Hoffman

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By Stephanie Hoffman

Teaching, motivating, parenting... all are part of daily life and work. Here are just a few of my picks for making them a bit easier and more fun:

  • is a fantastic web based tool for distance learning. Voicethreads are collaborative slideshows that use documents, images, videos or anything you can think of and allow others to comment using voice, text or audio files.

  • is a fun way to drop an entertaining clip into any email message. Students always enjoy receiving one; it takes about a minute to create and makes assigning that 5 page essay just a little bit more fun.

  • by flocabulary is a hilarious and engaging way to bring current, world events into your virtual classroom. A new one is created each Friday.

  • is the very best deal a day site on the web, it check it every day first thing.

  • has an incredible free game called Timez Attack that is the ultimate multiplication tool for kids. Created by Nintendo video game designers, this free resource will have your kids playing multiplication games for hours on end and charting mastery progression as they go.

Stephanie Hoffman is a National Special Education Manager for Connections Academy, a leading tuition-free, fully accredited public school for students in grades K-12; currently enrolling over 10,000 students throughout the United States. Stephanie has been a teaching special education students since 1994, lives in Minnesota, telecommutes to Maryland and enjoys apple picking and geocaching with her husband and children.

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Financial Times

FreePint Research: Mobile Enterprise Market for Mobile Content

Insights from in-depth interviews with information managers at large organisations regarding their wants, needs and challenges around mobile content.

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Research supported by the Financial Times. Find out more about the FT's award-winning iPad app.


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Find accurate, trustworthy and timely information faster.

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 FreePint Bar

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

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Latest posts at the FreePint Bar:

  • [FreePint] Mobile or Deskbound? Whither Enterprise
    FreePint Research: Enterprise Market for Mobile Content has been published! This report is based on 27 in-depth interviews with information and knowledge managers in large organisations.

    Thanks to research sponsors Financial Times and Reed Elsevier for their support.

    Learn more about the project and view a brief video about scheduling a custom briefing to support your organisation's mobile strategy.
    Read posting online »

  • [FUMSI] Latest popular articles
    The following are the most popular FUMSI articles over the last 30 days:
    * Treasuring Twitter: The Why and How of Preserving Tweets
    * Mobile Technologies in Libraries
    * Clustering Search Strategies: An Overview and Update
    * A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Finding Your Information
    * Turning complaints into compliments in a city library service
    Free uses of FUMSI articles are supported by our sponsors.
    Read posting online »

  • [RS] Resource of the Week - MetaLib: A New Federated Search Tool from the GPO (Government Printing Office)
    MetaLib is a library portal providing end users with an easy and personalized interface which can search simultaneously for information in a variety of electronic resources, such as catalogs, reference databases, digital repositories or subject-based Web gateways. These information resources are collectively referred to as databases. Once you have found the information in which you are interested, MetaLib provides you with the tools to save it for future reference in your E-shelf, save it to disk or send it by email.
    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:
    * Business networking -- broader and smarter
    * New Private Company Data Source: Quid
    * Information industry looks to growth and greenness
    * Digital industries: a road to nowhere?
    * New one-stop financial tool from Thomson Reuters
    Subscribe to the free VIP Wires Weekly to stay informed. Your comments on any posting are always welcome.
    Read posting online »

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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:

For Digital Asset Management, Search is Not Enough

Fran AlexanderBy Fran Alexander
FUMSI: Manage

Digital Asset Management (DAM) systems bring the promise of increasingly sophisticated search techniques but all that glisters may not be gold. Fran Alexander examines the pros and cons of tagging, content-based image retrieval, face recognition, digital fingerprinting and screen-to-text, and concludes that they are very exciting but may be in the category of 'nice to have' rather than business critical.

WHAT'S INSIDE: 'Digital Asset Management (DAM) systems often include the latest search technologies such as tagging, content-based image retrieval, face recognition, digital fingerprinting and speech-to-text but beware of the hype and consider the pros and cons. A DAM system that supports your business critical, rather than your 'nice to have', functions is likely to be more cost effective overall.'

Read, print, save or forward this article now »

Creating Information Communities with Twitter: Notes for Publishers and Content Providers

By Scott Brown, Christy Confetti Higgins and Cindy Hill
FUMSI: Share

Developing communities of users is a long-established way of generating feedback but it was not until the advent of Twitter that these communities could bear such beneficial fruit. The results of research by the Social Information Group show how publishers and information professionals alike can gain from having an active presence on Twitter.

WHAT'S INSIDE: 'Publishers are using social media technologies to provide expanded connections to their audiences. Whether they have a formal social media strategy or not, Twitter can be a useful addition to conventional marketing efforts. It provides a transparent and conversational connection to the communities publishers need to reach, namely buyers, users, information professionals, subject matter experts, current and future authors, students, faculty and more.'

Read, print, save or forward this article now »


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

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FUMSI - Forthcoming Topics

  • The Big Three: Comparison of Bing, Yahoo and Google
  • Social media and health care information
  • Mobile tools for education and learning
  • Newspaper paywalls: What they mean for info pros

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

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Online Information Exhibition

***Online Information Conference Early Bird Discounts end 5 Nov***

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30 November - 2 December 2010, Olympia, London

Learn from information leaders from around the globe, with presentations on leadership skills for collaboration, proving value using social media and how handheld devices and the 'cloud' are being used to deliver information services

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FreePint Surveys

FreePint Research: Call for Participation.
How many mobile devices does one professional need?

Survey on Enterprise Market for Mobile Content -- Participate now »

All participants receive a copy of the resulting report.

Share and gain insight on:

  • What influences individual decisions to use mobile content
  • Barriers and challenges to mobile content for the enterprise

Very brief survey takes no more than 5 minutes to complete.

This research is sponsored in part by Financial Times and Reed Elsevier.

 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 83News products - A VIP Editorial

One of the most satisfying experiences in publishing VIP is when we can fulfill a specific request from a subscriber for a product review. Such is this case with this month's review of ICAP Online Services, a provider of data about Greek companies. A subscriber made a point of coming to the FreePint tabletop at June's SLA Annual Conference to ask about providers of Greek information, and lo, a few months later you have the result.

This month's second review is of, published by Acquire Media. As with last month's featured, is part of a growing category of business news products. Each of these products differentiates itself based on its particular dataset, search and delivery functions, industry customisation, workflow integration and host of additional factors. They compete successfully both with the lower end of the market (as in, the free sources of news content) as well as the higher end of the market - the Big Names in news aggregation we're all familiar with.

The news category is one that never fails to give us plenty to write about: Between paywalls going up and coming down, debates over licensing and links, and new frontiers in mobile delivery, there's always news about news. That's part of why we've dubbed next month 'November News Month'. Here's a short list of what you can look forward to:

  • In-depth review of Factiva, plus comparative analysis of sources and features across a number of news providers, including LexisNexis,,, and Moreover's Newsdesk

  • Results of FreePint Research: News Needs and Preferences (haven't completed the survey yet? There's still time to add your thoughts...)

  • 2010 News Report, collecting LiveWire coverage about the news category over the past 12 months

We'll also be hosting online discussion, via webinar for live interaction, about the role of news products in your content portfolios. We know from current and past research projects that news content is an area many VIP subscribers struggle with: Enormous internal pressures demand you cut the budget for news down to the bone, without losing coverage or flexibility. Users want news in different formats (including, increasingly, mobile formats). These webinars will present some FreePint Research data then facilitate peer-to-peer, confidential discussion on how you are resolving these opposing tensions.

Participation in these webinars will be free to VIP subscribers. You'll receive an invitation to register for the limited spaces available, and please email me directly with any questions you may have or to let me know of your specific interests - I'm always eager to hear from you at

In the meantime, there's plenty to keep you informed in this month's VIP - SourceWire, results from FreePint Research: Enterprise Market for Mobile Content, Tap the Wire and more.


Robin Neidorf
General Manager and Lead Researcher, FreePint

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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...

  • UBM shows B2B how to evolve
    The B2B print market has been in the doldrums for a while, forcing publishers to move to other media platforms to keep adrift. Earlier this year, InPublishing ( reported on the decline in traditional revenue streams and the need for B2B publishers to implement digitally-based revenue models in order to become less reliant on advertising...
    Read posting online »

  • Overload - discipline or gizmos?
    You're probably far too busy to have noticed that October 20 was Information Overload Day - or it was as far as knowledge economy consultant Basex was concerned. And virtually simultaneously, an entirely separate offering from LexisNexis documented just how miserable information overload was making people...
    Read posting online »

  • Social media - time for some clear heads?
    No surprise that social media continue to transform marketing. But what's at the top of the hype cycle, and what's already on the way down? ...
    Read posting online »

  • ILI 2010: the future lies in the cloud
    Day two of this year's Internet Librarian International Conference, held in London on October 14 and 15 concentrated on the use of digital media in a library environment and included some thought-provoking presentations. The overriding theme of the day was: embrace the virtual world or become irrelevant...
    Read posting online »

  • Woodhead Publishing Goes Digital
    More signs of traditional publishers moving into digital formats: Woodhead Publishing, an independent publisher of scientific and technical books, announced at the Frankfurt Book Fair last week that it is launching its online platform, Woodhead Publishing Online. The site will be hosted by MetaPress, a primary hosting service for scientific, technical, and medical content...
    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. 83 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...

  • Credo Reference adds Titles from Berg Publishers
    Oxford and Boston, 20th October 2010 - Credo Reference, the award-winning online reference library, has signed an agreement with Berg Publishers to offer its four Cultural History book series as a Berg Publisher Collection on the Credo Platform.
    Read Press Release online »

  • Sustainable development in Africa
    Business strategies for achieving sustainable development in Africa. Read free special issue of African Journal of Economics and Management Studies online until 1 December 2010

    United Kingdom, October 2010 - The concept of sustainable development, as important as it has become, is also one of the most tenuous concepts of our times. It not only encompasses environmental protection but also economic development and social cohesion. A special issue of African Journal of Economics and Managements Studies addresses these concerns, looking specifically at "business strategies for achieving sustainable development in Africa"...
    Read Press Release online »

  • London Libraries Consortium: shared stock management
    Enfield and Havering library services are sharing stock management services across the two boroughs. The innovative new arrangement means that one stock manager covers stock acquisition, performance and disposal, for Enfield and Havering, boroughs which have roughly the same population size, demographic, and funding levels. The arrangement has been made possible as both are members of the 12-borough strong London Libraries Consortium which services a population of three million across London...
    Read Press Release online »

VIP Wire »

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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

  • Comparative review of news resources
  • Moreover Newsdesk
  • Perfect Information
  • The Practical Law Company

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

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FreePint Surveys

FreePint Research: Call for Participation.
Needs and Preferences: News Content

3rd annual FreePint Survey on Needs and Preferences for news content -- participate now »

All participants receive a copy of the resulting report.

Share and gain insight on:

  • Shifts in content type and source
  • Balance between free and fee sources
  • Satisfaction with sources and unmet needs

This year's research is sponsored in part by Acquire Media and Moreover.

FUMSI's Essential Collection for Managing Information

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  • Folio on Taxonomies and Tagging
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 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:

  • Knowledge Advisor - Banking and Capital Markets
    A professional services organsiation seeks a Knowledge Advisor.
    Recruiter: TFPL Intelligent Resources
    Country: United Kingdom

  • Senior Manager - Compliance
    Biotechnology company has a new role in compliance and records management. You will be accountable...
    Recruiter: Sue Hill Recruitment and Services Limited
    Country: United Kingdom

  • Strategic Analyst/Researcher - Debt & Equity
    Senior Analyst / Researcher with experience in corporate finance, investment banking, equity research or consulting for new job in Central London.
    Recruiter: Glen Recruitment
    Country: United Kingdom

Browse all Jinfo Jobs »

Jinfo Events:

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

  • Copyright in the Web 2.0 environment
    This course looks at the copyright implications such as where users forward third-party content either by email or posting online
    Organiser: CILIP
    Date: 10th Nov 2010
    Country: United Kingdom

  • Mobile Cloud Computing Forum
    1 day conference and exhibition on Enterprise Mobile Cloud Computing and Enterprise Apps.
    Organiser: Keynote
    Date: 1st Dec 2010
    Country: Online

  • Online Mobile Cloud Computing Forum
    Free to View event streaming.
    Organiser: Keynote
    Date: 1st Dec 2010
    Country: Online

  • Online Information 2010
    The leading UK event covering the full spectrum of online content and information management solutions.
    Organiser: Incisive Media
    Date: 30th Nov - 2nd Dec 2010
    Country: United Kingdom

Browse all Jinfo Events »

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 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:

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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.

Become a fan of ResourceShelf and DocuTicker on Facebook.

Recently published:

Resource of the Week - MetaLib: A New Federated Search Tool from the GPO (Government Printing Office)

MetaLib is a library portal providing end users with an easy and personalized interface which can search simultaneously for information in a variety of electronic resources, such as catalogs, reference databases, digital repositories or subject-based Web gateways. These information resources are collectively referred to as databases. Once you have found the information in which you are interested, MetaLib provides you with the tools to save it for future reference in your E-shelf, save it to disk or send it by email.

You can search multiple databases in parallel using the Basic, Advanced and Expert modules. You can also search individual databases using the A-Z Resource List module. The A-Z Resource List module enables you to locate specific databases and to create your own sets of databases for searching at your convenience. You can also link to the native interface of these databases and perform a search using the resource's search engine.

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

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