Jinfo Research focuses on a different area of information strategy every calendar quarter.
This Research Focus presents research and information on other information services in order to compare against your peers.
We examine three facets: structure and operations, tools and technologies, and measures of value.
Use our research, models and resources to bring best practice to your information centre or further develop it.
Next Research Focus
Intelligence systems - beyond awareness to action
October - December 2018
For over a decade we've researched developments in news and current awareness. This year our focus is on the shift from current awareness to intelligence platforms - those which encompass features such as collaborative elements, taxonomy, dashboards and visualisations.
Upcoming Research Focus
The accidental technologist: where your expertise meets the new world
(January - March 2019)
The information team with the right stuff
April - June 2018
Investigated how information teams can adapt and evolve to meet the new skills required in today's dynamic environment.
Stake your claim in the success of data analytics
January - March 2018
Provided analysis, expert articles and product reviews on what information professionals bring to data analytics projects and how to ensure you're involved.
Define and manage value for current awareness
October - December 2017
Provided analysis, expert articles and product reviews on the state of play for current awareness services.
Benchmark information roles - optimise your structure
July - September 2017
Provided in-depth research, benchmarking and expert articles on the many configurations of information expertise.
Designed to help you place information skills firmly on the strategic agenda for workforce development.
Data analytics - ready your information service
October 2016 - March 2017
Looked at how information staff position themselves and their expertise within the evolving world of data analytics to best offer strategic and practical support to their organisations.
Content and technology for current awareness
July - September 2016
Looked at how to recognise, and act on, emerging best practices for evaluation of content and technology to support and enhance current awareness in your organisation.
Source Expertise - What It Means in a Google World
April - June 2016
Looked at how we can consult with project teams and departments about sources, stay informed about what's changing in the world of sources and understand specialist sources in detail.
Strategic Alignment of IS and IT
January - March 2016
Enabled content experts and technology experts to better understand, work together and achieve mutual goals around the value of information in their businesses.
In January 2016 we renamed the "Topic Series" as "Research Focus".
Read on the Blog about the reasons behind the name change »
News, and Other Commodities
October - December 2015
Examined the tricky question of "value" when applied to news, basic company information, basic "people" information and the like: These categories behave much like commodities -- there are lots of sources, including plenty where the direct cost is negligible.
All About Usage
July - September 2015
Looked broadly at what "usage" means to today's users and their organisations. We start from the desktop: what do users want to be able to do with information?
Best Practices in Information Skills Development
April - June 2015
Examined skills development from the perspective of information managers who need to train their centre staff and users in other departments.
Making Information Visible
January - March 2015
Examined "discovery" from the perspective of technologies that enable it, content required and user behaviours driving success.
News, and Beyond
October - December 2014
Dived into issues to support information managers with needs analysis, product reviews, source monitoring, and reporting on value.
What You Need to Know Your Customer (KYC)
July - September 2014
Took a deeper, more focused look at one element of compliance: the many tools, approaches and critical elements to KYC regulations.
Next-Generation Competitive Intelligence
May - June 2014
Updated you on the latest tools and techniques, whilst providing valuable refreshers on core knowledge and skills. Given the pace of change in our industry, no one with CI skills can afford to let up on perpetual professional development.
The Social Enterprise
January - March 2014
Explored success stories as well as challenge points for making organisations socially adept. We take into account technology, tools, enterprise opportunities and barriers around making organisations more social.
October - November 2013
Combined our history of research and product reviews with a higher-level look at what organisations are trying to accomplish - not bringing news into the organisation for its own sake but to support decision-making, strategic planning, competitive intelligence and other goals.
Compliance in Context
September - October 2013
Broke down the many elements of regulatory compliance and the products that support it. With articles, product reviews, comparisons, checklists and webinars, your engagement with this series will be rewarded with up-to-date knowledge of how you can best support the information components of your organisation's regulatory requirements.
Big Data in Action
April - June 2013
There's plenty of talk and even hype about Big Data, but very little in the way of practical suggestions or guidelines for information managers who want to create a sensible, prioritised plan for incorporating the concepts and tools into their operations. This topic series closed the gap with articles, reports, webinars and discussion opportunities closely focused on practical business value.
A Research Focus is Jinfo's quarterly project to examine a critical topic in information strategy.
Select a Research Focus to learn about that project and request a free copy of the Insights and Actions report -- our top findings, plus a thematic index to resources.
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