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Jinfo Newsletter No.519

Jinfo Newsletter 519

23rd May

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Robin NeidorfIf you want to be able to:

  • Report to your stakeholders about the value of information in terms that make sense to them
  • Negotiate based on your definitions of value, not the vendor's
  • Manage cuts and changes in partnership with stakeholders, without undermining what users need to be able to do

...then Jinfo's strategy-driven approach to managing your content portfolio can make a huge difference to the way you think, manage, negotiate and communicate.

We can teach your team this process through a customisable Jinfo Consulting workshop on "Holistic content portfolio management".

Not ready to bring in a workshop? Explore the topic first by joining one of our popular quarterly Community sessions specifically for people responsible for content purchasing. Last week's session, hosting nearly 20 information managers, covered such questions as:

  • "How do we improve our negotiating position with vendors?"
  • "Why are we being pushed to buy bundles of content when we only want a slice?"
  • "Our usage is going down, but our costs are increasing - how do we determine value?"

Community sessions are a benefit of a Jinfo Subscription - if you don't yet have a subscription, contact my colleague Claire Laybats to discuss your needs.

Yes, you CAN report return on investment

We're exploring ROI of information in different ways: just this week I presented a poster on determining the value external data at the P-D-R's special meeting on FAIR data - Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable.

Request a PDF version of the poster, along with a document exploring in more detail how to measure the value of data, by completing the form on this page.

Have another challenge with ROI? Bring it on - we love to work out solutions to this difficult but not impossible problem. Contact me at any time with your questions.

Robin Neidorf
Director of Research and Head of Consulting

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Keeping up with technology relating to improving discovery could be a full-time job. Jinfo's 2019 survey on discovery explores how information teams keep up, and what goals they are aiming for with developing discovery systems.

Take 10 minutes to participate in the discovery survey and share your perspective.

Your responses are anonymous, but if you provide an email address, we will send you a copy of the report upon publication.


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