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7th June 2012

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Michelle ManafyWelcome to this issue of the FreePint Newsletter, which offers a particularly interesting look into the future of intranets to help you avoid bandwagon-jumping and focus on delivering value. This issue also includes interesting information resources on infrastructure as well as efforts to automate social networks. In my FreePint Features article, I consider the challenge and importance of evaluating information investments. That's what we're here for, after all: to help you make the most of your valuable information resources.

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Penny CrosslandBy Penny Crossland

Most of my work as an independent business researcher involves open source intelligence using the "deep web", i.e. going beyond Google and the other major search engines. While some of the data I use for compiling due diligence reports on companies and individuals can only be found in commercial databases, I also have a checklist of free sources that are invaluable to my work.

  • KYC360 acts as a forum and information portal for compliance professionals and others involved in anti-money laundering activities. The site has links to articles and videos on compliance-related issues, however the most useful aspect of KYC360 from my point of view is the free sanctions search tool called RiskScreen. This runs individuals' names through its database of sanctions, and checks them for PEP status (political exposure) and any adverse news.

  • There are several sites which offer free company and director searches. A relatively new kid on the block is Duedil, which continues to add features to its site. There are currently 9 million UK companies and 9 million directors on its database. Duedil provides numerical and graphical analyses of companies' financials, access to annual reports and a red flag feature, which highlights litigation or regulatory issues. The site also has advanced filters, which enables company searches by industry sector.

  • The World Legal Information Institute, or Worldlii is a legal research facility which provides access to worldwide law. It also acts as a single search facility for decisions of international courts and tribunals - currently 48 jurisdictions in 20 countries are covered - and is an invaluable tool for anybody searching for litigation involving companies or individuals.

  • There are numerous people search sites on the web, which all have their merits. The site I use most frequently is Pipl, which is billed as the "most comprehensive people search on the web". It has location and age filters and searches for mentions of individuals in social media as well as news and government sources. Although there appears to be a bias towards US sources, it is also useful for searching European entities.

  • Finally, when I am working on projects I often set up news alerts on the entities I am researching and my favourite tool for that purpose is Silobreaker. It is an excellent news monitoring service, which provides context to stories by searching conventional news sources, Twitter, blogs and videos. One of my favourite Silobreaker features is the network tool, which shows connections between entities. This has, for example, helped me find the names of known associates of individuals.

Penny Crossland is the owner of CH Business Research, a consultancy specialising in investigative research and market intelligence. Penny conducts research projects for clients from a variety of industry sectors, including management and corporate intelligence consultancy, financial services, and FMCG.

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