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Scott Vine Product review of Minesoft PatBase (technology - search & user interface; outputs & alerts; administration)
Thursday, 13th December 2018 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

In part three of our product review of Minesoft PatBase, a global patent database, we look at its impressive range of search options and overall functionality, its analytics tools and the latest iteration of its analytics platform, which includes the ability to create charts and graphs, including 3D landscape, nested and semi-pies, polar charts and Venn diagrams as well as its content output options.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/3094

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Scott Vine Product review of Minesoft PatBase (sources - content & coverage)
Wednesday, 12th December 2018 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

Part two of our product review of Minesoft PatBase, a global patent database, we take a closer look at its strengths and weaknesses and an in-depth look at its sources, in particular, its full-text collections as well as the languages available within the product.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/3094

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Scott Vine Product review of Minesoft PatBase (key advantages; introduction; contact details)
Tuesday, 11th December 2018 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

We last reviewed Minesoft PatBase, an award-winning global patent database, nearly four years ago and since then the platform has undergone quite a few changes including the expansion of its full-text coverage and analytics tool. Read part one of our latest product review to find out about the product, who benefits from using it and what value it provides along with its recent partnership with Darts-ip and what effect this integration will have on the product.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/3094

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Louise Brookes How technology is transforming manufacturing - key challenges and transformational changes
Monday, 10th December 2018 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

This article discusses how technology is impacting information professionals who work in the manufacturing industry. It discusses the strengths and weaknesses of information centres, how they are positioned to meet the challenges of a typical manufacturing organisation in light of the changes in technology. It also suggests some follow-up actions you can take to transform your information centre and seize these opportunities.

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Louise Brookes Resolving common problems in current awareness workflows
Friday, 7th December 2018 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

This article reports on a recent Jinfo webinar which showed that the process of examining and adjusting workflows need not be complicated or overwhelming and that by applying a framework or appropriate model, the task can be split into manageable parts. This approach makes it easier to identify inefficiencies in the process and areas for improvement. It also provided a model for information professionals to work with and shared learnings from recent projects that Jinfo Consulting analysts have been involved in.

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Rebecca Gebhardt Brizi Balancing agile development with a waterfall strategy
Wednesday, 5th December 2018 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

Information and technology have always worked best together and this requires a technology-savvy workforce. This article looks at how to balance technology with service requests and how you can manage high-level strategic projects without interrupting customer services, along with some practical steps you can implement.

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Diane Thieke How to transform your thinking for the AI revolution
Thursday, 29th November 2018 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

Experts believe artificial intelligence (AI) will fundamentally alter the way we live and work. For information professionals, this has profound implications for their organisations as well as for their own roles. Unlike any of their colleagues, they are uniquely positioned to take a lead in AI initiatives and this article explores how.

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Arthur Weiss Open source intelligence to uncover information on companies, organisations, groups and people
Tuesday, 27th November 2018 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

Open source intelligence (OSINT) uses publicly available sources to gather intelligence for purposes ranging from basic recruitment checks on an individual to due diligence research for M&A purposes to in-depth fraud investigations and more. Search engines are the starting point, but deep web databases and social media searches are all part of the OSINT searchers toolkit. This article discusses approaches for finding open source intelligence with a focus on free sources.

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Arthur Robbins Chatbot software in a pharmaceutical company
Monday, 26th November 2018 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

How can the pharmaceutical industry implement chatbots? This article looks at one company's experience of working through and implementing a chatbot to handle medical information enquiries and discusses some of the issues to consider, such as partnering, regulatory considerations, implementation and lessons learned.

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Steve Bynghall Why it's worth getting to know Office 365
Friday, 23rd November 2018 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

Many organisations are using Office 365. Getting to know Office 365 and its constituent tools can help information and knowledge teams deliver services, as well as provide opportunities to provide expert guidance to help organisations get the most out of Office 365, including Outlook, SharePoint, MS Office, Teams and Skype for Business.

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Andrew Lucas Mini review of IncFact - spotlight on privately held companies
Thursday, 22nd November 2018 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

This mini review looks at IncFact, a company information and business discovery engine covering up to three million US companies with a focus on those that are privately owned and midsized. We look at how IncFact can be used by companies for strategy and competitive intelligence as well as by private equity firms, and hedge funds for originating and sourcing deals and for due diligence.

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Robin Neidorf How to use technology clusters
Friday, 16th November 2018 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

In our previous two articles on technology, we looked at the wide range of technologies and challenges an information team might need to understand as well as the goals and desired outcomes of technology and how they measure up to the types of tools you can include in your overall solution. This final article provides a framework for thinking about how you can use these analyses to help your team develop the necessary skills, resources and partnerships.

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Robin Neidorf Technology - focus on goals and desired results
Tuesday, 13th November 2018 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

Technology is not the only important factor in the success of a business, however, information professionals need to understand when and how to incorporate it to achieve organisational goals. We previously looked at groupings of different technologies that can be used to meet certain needs within an organisation and in this article, we look at the goals and desired outcomes of technology and how they measure up to the types of tools you can include in your overall solution.

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Steve Bynghall Nine ways intranets are evolving
Monday, 12th November 2018 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

Intranets are a traditional part of the workplace technology landscape but have evolved considerably. This article explores some of the ways intranets have changed and continue to do so, including its move to the cloud, better integrations, and the adoption of artificial intelligence and bots.

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Robin Neidorf Mapping the complex technology environment
Friday, 9th November 2018 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

The ever-changing technological landscape presents new and diverse challenges for information professionals. Knowing which skills to cultivate in order to remain relevant and contribute to organisational initiatives in a meaningful way can also be confusing. A lot depends on organisational structure and priorities as well as the technology itself. This article tries to make sense of this complex environment by exploring a wide range of technologies and challenges an information team might need to understand.

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Sophie Alexander What technology can you use right now to improve your current awareness service?
Thursday, 8th November 2018 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

What are some of the myths around AI, and should you be using smart technology or cutting-edge technology in your current awareness service or use of intelligence systems?

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Constance Ard Is premium content fuelling the value of your service?
Monday, 5th November 2018 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

Current awareness is an information service that continues to grow in importance. From the early days, library service delivery has included collection, curation and distribution of competitive intelligence derived from the news of the day. Recently, a Jinfo Community session explored the role of premium content in current awareness and this article examines how current awareness service is delivered now and how it is evolving.

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Rebecca Gebhardt Brizi Benchmarking through the professional services and legal lens
Thursday, 25th October 2018 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

How does Jinfo's benchmarking research apply to professional services and legal firms? What do similarities and comparisons between those sectors and with the whole dataset tell us about how the best information centres function or how you could use the data to sharpen up your service or request additional staffing? Rebecca Gebhardt Brizi reports.

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Clare Painter Audio rights within your organisation
Friday, 19th October 2018 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

In recent years there has been a surge of interest in audio rights and this presents untapped opportunities for organisations. In her latest article, copyright expert Clare Painter takes a look at some of the different ways audio might be produced and used in an organisation, along with the different copyright elements involved, including licensing and distribution issues.

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Louise Brookes Benchmarking through the manufacturing lens
Thursday, 18th October 2018 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

It is important for information teams to identify, capture and analyse information which will help them improve their processes, ensure that they are using the right resources to achieve their goals, and demonstrate value to their stakeholders. Senior information managers and professionals working in the manufacturing sector took part in a Community session to compare and contrast Jinfo's benchmarking research findings specifically between the manufacturing sector and other industries. This article provides a view of those findings and offers some ideas on their practical application.

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