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Sarah Hinton Mini review of ScienceDirect Reference Module in Food Science
Thursday, 29th September 2016 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

We review the recently released Reference Module in Food Science from Elsevier's ScienceDirect platform, the world's largest electronic collection of science, technology and medicine full-text and bibliographic information. Researcher Sarah Hinton outlines its key advantages, usability and considers competitors such as Wiley and the CRC Handbook series from the Taylor & Francis Group.

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Sophie Alexander Product review of Softlink's Illumin (sources - content & coverage)
Wednesday, 28th September 2016 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

Sophie Alexander continues Jinfo's product review of Softlink's Illumin, a web-based knowledge, request and enquiry management solution, by outlining how two different types of organisation have used its research request handling. She also outlines the choice of installation models, and features such as how to switch languages.

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Sophie Alexander Product review of Softlink's Illumin (key advantages; introduction; contact details)
Tuesday, 27th September 2016 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

Softlink's Illumin is a web-based knowledge, request and enquiry management solution. We start the review by listing its key advantages. We also introduce how it allows the growth of a Knowledge Base over time and how it can be shared throughout the organisation.

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Sophie Alexander Q&A with LibSource, an LAC Group company - 30 years of outsourcing expertise
Friday, 23rd September 2016 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

Established 30 years ago, LAC Group has a wealth of expertise in outsourcing, and a division that specialises in Library as a Service: LibSource. We asked CEO and founder of the Group, Deborah Schwarz, to give us an insight into how customers benefit from efficiency improvements and how to choose an outsourcing company that's best suited to their needs.

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Chris Porter Mini review of NewsEdge - recent enhancements
Friday, 23rd September 2016 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

We review the latest changes to NewsEdge.com, the news management and delivery tool for business professionals that supports both current awareness and archive research. Chris Porter looks at innovative enhancements and how it continues to differentiate itself from competitors.

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Sophie Alexander Q&A with Information Matters from Tribal Group - specialist outsourcing services
Thursday, 22nd September 2016 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

Information Matters from Tribal Group offers specialist outsourcing services for information and document management in sectors from rail to oil and gas. We interview Paul Duller, information management consultancy director, services and solutions for Tribal Group. He gives us a flavour of client projects from Saudi Arabia to the UK.

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Sophie Alexander Q&A with Integreon - flexible 24/7 outsourcing services
Wednesday, 21st September 2016 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

Integreon is a global provider of a wide variety of outsourced services, from contract review to document processing, business support and research. We interview Mark West, operations director, knowledge and business information services, to hear examples of client work, drivers for outsourcing and his views on upcoming outsourcing trends.

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Steve Bynghall Reflecting on the Jinfo Research Focus "Content and technology for current awareness"
Wednesday, 21st September 2016 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

This article highlights some of the takeaways from the recent Research Focus "Content and technology for current awareness", covering the product landscape, the responsiveness of vendors to customer needs, insights into managing a current awareness service and the future with innovations such as artificial intelligence. It links to many of the articles and reports included in the Research Focus.

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Chris Porter The impact of private equity ownership on information companies
Monday, 19th September 2016 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

Information companies of many shapes, sizes and areas of focus are regularly in the news for being acquired or sold by private equity companies. Chris Porter takes a look at the impact that these ownership changes can have on service buyers, in particular the cases of Bureau van Dijk, Cision, iSentia, OneSource, SNL Financial and Thomson Reuters' intellectual property and science division.

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Andrew Lucas Product review of MarketScape (value - help & training; competitors; development; pricing)
Friday, 16th September 2016 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

Concluding the product review of MarketScape MS4, Andrew Lucas examines the value of the product for both information managers and end users. He looks at the help and training available to users, including the Knowledge Centre, pricing, and includes a look at a number of the competitors in a crowded market, including Comintelli, Digimind, InfoDesk and M-Brain.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2715

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Candace Cathey The ebbs and flows of outsourcing your information centre
Friday, 16th September 2016 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

Information organisations in sectors from legal to pharmaceutical are relying more on alternative solutions to provide quality information services. Candace M. Cathey explores the drivers, challenges and benefits of outsourcing along with highlighting key vendors Integreon, LibSource, Information Matters from Tribal Group and Visionary Information Services.

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Andrew Grave Mini review of Factiva - recent enhancements
Thursday, 15th September 2016 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

Factiva is a premium news resource. Andrew Grave reviews this long-established solution which offers the ability to search, distribute and licence a vast amount of news content. He plays close attention to the enhancements made since the full Jinfo review in October 2015 and the features that make it unique.

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Andrew Lucas Product review of MarketScape (technology - search & user interface; outputs & alerts; administration)
Thursday, 15th September 2016 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

In the third part of Jinfo's in-depth product review of MarketScape MS4, Andrew Lucas assesses the usability of the tool for managing access to multiple content sets. He evaluates the technology, the design of the interface and its output functions, including the newsletter setup capabilities. He also looks at the array of administration tools in the platform.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2715

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Rachael Elliott The slow shift of current awareness to mobile devices
Thursday, 15th September 2016 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

Rachael Elliott contrasts the rapid rise of consumer mobile apps with the slow growth of apps from information providers. She examines why mobile apps are important and contrasts the offerings from some large players. Rachael then takes a c­­­­­­loser look at a new iPhone app from Factiva and the Google News mobile app and concludes by looking at future trends and suggests some practical next steps.

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Andrew Lucas Product review of MarketScape (sources - content & coverage)
Wednesday, 14th September 2016 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

In the second part of Jinfo's product review of MarketScape MS4, Andrew Lucas looks at the multiple information sources available to bring into the platform and monitor. These include science, regulatory information, patents, business news and market research; licensed content from a number of the major information providers; as well as individual web sources and the capability to add single news articles.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2715

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Andrew Lucas Product review of MarketScape (key advantages; introduction; contact details)
Tuesday, 13th September 2016 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

In part 1 of Jinfo's in-depth product review of MarketScape MS4, the content integration software platform from the eponymous Danish company, we provide an overview of MarketScape, looking at the audience and the value provided by the product, and its customer base which includes major brands and international pharmaceutical companies.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2715

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Steve Bynghall Is current awareness out of date?
Thursday, 8th September 2016 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

This article examines whether current awareness involving more general and business news delivers value. It features an interview with Andrew Woolfson, director of knowledge and capability, at RPC, a UK top 50 law firm. Woolfson is sceptical about the value of current awareness believing that information professionals should focus instead on providing deeper insights and analysis. Some next steps around assessing the value of your current awareness set-up are suggested.

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Chris Porter Mini review of Nexis - recent enhancements
Tuesday, 6th September 2016 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

Chris Porter looks at a new release of the Nexis news and business aggregation database from LexisNexis. The latest changes aim to make life easier for the non-expert searcher. This mini review also catches up with other significant enhancements since Jinfo's last major look at the product in early 2015, as well as describing some future enhancements.

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Colin Smith Insider knowledge - researching Central Africa
Friday, 2nd September 2016 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

Business information consultant Colin Smith shares his knowledge on researching Central Africa. He focuses on company, business and economic topics for eight countries: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic Of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Madagascar and highlights key sources of information published in English.

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Sophie Alexander Product review of Primo Ex Libris (value - help & training; competitors; development; pricing)
Friday, 2nd September 2016 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

We conclude Jinfo's product review of the Primo Ex Libris discovery system with a look at its main competitors EBSCO Discovery Service, OCLC's WorldCat Discovery and the ProQuest Summon Service. She also covers current developments such as giving libraries more scope to customise their discovery service according to their needs and their brand.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2713

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