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Sophie Alexander Product review of TBRC's Global Market Model (key advantages; introduction; contact details)
Tuesday, 15th January 2019 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

In part 1 of our review of Global Market Model, we look at the organisations and business roles that would benefit most from using the tool, how it can save users' time, how frequently it's updated and what makes it stand out from other market research tools. We also outline the other services provided by The Business Research Company (TBRC).

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/3108

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Scott Vine Pros and cons of being a leader vs a follower in tech adoption
Monday, 14th January 2019 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

When it comes to information technology, are you a leader or a follower? This article looks at how we define a leader and a follower and identifies the pros and cons of both. It goes on to suggest that this year is an ideal time to be an information professional as organisations start to look beyond the latest buzzwords and technological hype to embrace the changes and improvements technology can bring, and how information professionals are perfectly positioned to be at the forefront of this change.

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Andrew Lucas Guide to value in the Jinfo Research Focus - the accidental technologist
Wednesday, 9th January 2019 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

This article reports on some of the articles and reports published as part of our Research Focus, "The accidental technologist - where your expertise meets the new world". It covers the pervading influence of technology on the information profession, in particular, the impact of artificial intelligence and its implications for information professionals and the organisations they work for. Also covered are the evolution of intranets and the increasing use of chatbots.

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Barbara Hirsh Tackling the challenge of keeping up to date with technology
Wednesday, 9th January 2019 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

Technology is constantly evolving and information professionals have to keep up with new developments and end-users want reliable information without having to understand the technology behind it. This article uses mini case studies to explore how information professionals can keep up to date with technology and implement the best solution in areas from single sign-on (SSO) to tender information and extracting citations.

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Clare Painter Relying on copyright or other intellectual property rights
Friday, 28th December 2018 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

Copyright is an important tool for protecting intellectual property rights but there are other ways you can protect your material more effectively and this article looks at some of these including design rights and trademarks. It also outlines what works can be protected, whether to include a copyright notice and whether to register your copyright.

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Jan Knight Product review of M-Brain Intelligence Plaza (value - help & training; competitors; development; pricing)
Thursday, 27th December 2018 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

In the final part of our product review of M-Brain Intelligence Plaza, reviewer Jan Knight reveals the areas in which the product provides value, and where it falls short. She considers how it stacks up against competitors like Comintelli's Intelligence2day, Digimind, Wide Narrow, and Cipher's Knowledge360 and looks at M-Brain's plans for future functionality. The company's training, help and support options are also discussed.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/3100

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Jan Knight Product review of M-Brain Intelligence Plaza (technology - search & user interface; outputs & alerts; administration)
Monday, 24th December 2018 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

Newsletters, alerts, dashboards and administration are just a few of the areas covered in part 3 of our product review of M-Brain Intelligence Plaza. Reviewer Jan Knight reveals in detail how the dashboard works and how it can be customised, as well as how the search system works and the usefulness of its filters for drilling down into content.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/3100

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James Mullan How technology is transforming the legal sector - key challenges and transformational changes
Monday, 24th December 2018 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

AI, machine learning and data analytics is already transforming information work in the legal industry. James Mullan looks at use of technology in areas from contract review to due diligence, current awareness and search. He identifies key products already in use, from Signal to iManage Ravn, Kira and Brainspace.

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Robin Neidorf Jinfo survey on technology readiness (part 3 - organisational expectations)
Monday, 24th December 2018 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

In the final analysis of the survey results on on technology culture, readiness, and priorities, Jinfo's director of research, Robin Neidorf, examines questions relating to the organisational environment in which participants work and the effect this has on strategy, decision-making, technology evaluation and adoption, and discusses what impact you can have on your environment.

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Jan Knight Product review of M-Brain Intelligence Plaza (sources - content & coverage)
Friday, 21st December 2018 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

In part 2 of our review of M-Brain Intelligence Plaza, we take a look at the market intelligence tool's workflow and how M-Brain's existing clients use its features. We summarise the ways in which users can view and share information, how M-Brain works with clients to help set up external and internal content feeds, what insights can be gained and what information can be stored.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/3100

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Jan Knight Product review of M-Brain Intelligence Plaza (key advantages; introduction; contact details)
Friday, 21st December 2018 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

We last reviewed M-Brain Intelligence Plaza, a market and competitive intelligence platform, in 2015. This easy-to-use tool, which collates data from both internal and external sources, has since been enhanced with more personalisation options, customisable views and news reader apps for both Android and iOS. Read part one of our latest product review to find out about Intelligence Plaza, the value it provides for users and administrators, and the company's future plans.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/3100

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Heather Hedden Taxonomies for information professionals
Wednesday, 19th December 2018 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

Taxonomies connect users to content more accurately than search alone, and there are many business cases for implementing them. This article addresses choosing the right type of taxonomy to serve a particular set of content and users, finding sources and taxonomy terms, and using software for their management.

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Sophie Alexander Q&A with Kaleidoscope - comprehensive cloud-powered company research
Tuesday, 18th December 2018 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

We find out more about Kaleidoscope, a new tool for next generation stock filings research and analytics and how it uses AI and cloud computing to do so. We interview co-founder Raul Peralta and marketeer Elise Lynch and ask them about their experience with 10-K Wizard (sold to Morningstar in 2008), and how Kaleidoscope can help researchers find company data on US, Canadian and UK filings, plus news, social media, blogs and analysis.

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Louise Brookes Setting and implementing strategy for an information centre
Tuesday, 18th December 2018 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

During a recent Community session for those responsible for setting information strategy, facilitated by Jinfo's director of research Robin Neidorf, delegates shared their concerns and problems. Best practice and tips were offered with a particular emphasis on the use of technology and its place in information strategy. The group was able to explore the connections between their information strategies and the issues they faced and the part technology can play.

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Jon Bentley Opportunities and challenges in the fast-changing world of identity and access management
Tuesday, 18th December 2018 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

Effective identity and access management play a vital role in helping information professionals provide their users with quick and easy access to relevant content while also protecting that same valuable content from misuse. It is about getting the right resources to the right people as efficiently as possible and this article looks at the results of a recent survey OpenAthens commissioned of more than 900 information professionals across a variety of sectors and countries which sought to elicit their concerns for identity and access management.

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Robin Neidorf Jinfo survey on technology readiness (part 2 - investigation of solutions)
Monday, 17th December 2018 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

A whole host of new technologies are available today or are set to transform the information landscape tomorrow. But working out where to invest time and resources in new technologies can present a dilemma. In the second part of our report on Jinfo's research into technology culture, readiness and priorities, Robin Neidorf reveals the technologies rated as both urgent and non-urgent by information teams.

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Jeanette Eldridge How technology is transforming pharma - key challenges and transformational changes
Monday, 17th December 2018 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

This article identifies some of the AI-related challenges and opportunities for information professional's working in the pharma and life science field, helping them and their colleagues and customers gain an overview of the breadth of AI developments and their current impact and future potential, as well as providing some useful resources and references. Three elements of transformational change at the societal, organisational and personal levels are also explored which see AI developments being integrated into business activities and products.

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Scott Vine Product review of Minesoft PatBase (value - help & training; competitors; development; pricing)
Friday, 14th December 2018 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

In the final part of our product review of Minesoft PatBase, a global patent database, we look at the help and training available, including its useful case studies which illustrate real-world usage of the product for differing use-cases, future development of the product, competitors such as Clarivate Analytics, Questel, and TotalPatent as well as its pricing options.

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

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Robin Neidorf Jinfo survey on technology readiness (part 1 - introduction)
Friday, 14th December 2018 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

Keeping your technology knowledge updated as well as keeping up with other areas of information centre expertise is a challenge. Robin Neidorf reports on Jinfo's research into technology culture, readiness and priorities, including plans and priorities for 2019, and how technology projects are addressed by information teams.

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Andrew Lucas The impact of AI and data science on news
Friday, 14th December 2018 Sign in to MyJinfo or create an account be able to star items

A key focus for information centres in many organisations is the provision of news and current awareness. The accuracy and veracity of news are increasingly being questioned in a "post-truth" world in which objective facts are considered less important in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief. In keeping with this theme, Jinfo recently attended an SLA Europe meeting which looked at, among other factors, the role technology plays in enabling the potential manipulation of the news and this article looks at some of the issues raised as well as offering some tips on what both information professionals and end-users can do to avoid being deceived.

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