Despite the rise of various forms of renewable energy, oil and gas are still the dominant forms of energy. Oil has numerous applications in products we use on a daily basis. The oil and gas industry is critical to the economy of many countries, which often brings it into conflict with policies designed to reduce climate change. As a result, there is a wealth of information on all aspects of the industry and this article provides an overview of how and where to search for information on the sector, from governmental and non-governmental bodies, industry associations, journals, specialist publishers of market data and statistics.
One of the challenges that government agencies face is cutting through policy and hierarchies so that the right people with the right expertise are involved in projects, another is carving out strategic thinking time to make information as valuable as possible. We identify highlights from recent Jinfo articles, Communities of Practice and current Research Focus which are of interest to those in government responsible for adapting information strategy to practice.
Government agencies have to address an additional set of expectations that private companies simply don't face. We identify highlights from recent FreePint articles, Communities of Practice and consulting sessions which are of interest to those in government responsible for adapting information strategy to practice.
Government agencies are known for their multiple layers of decision-making, strict hierarchies and lengthy tenures. Recent FreePint Communities of Practice and Consulting sessions prove useful for those in government involved in setting strategy and promoting information expertise - and a good source of shared experience and tips from FreePint and peers for building collaborative relationships with a range of stakeholders.
Find out more about the complex and huge oil and gas global markets from clean tech and energy information specialist Mirjam Wolfrum - and why they demand a specific approach to research.
Oil and gas have been used for hundreds of years. In the beginning, oil was used to replace whale oil. Since John D. Rockefeller founded the "Standard Oil Company" in 1870, "black gold" has begun to triumph. Today oil and gas still drive today's world economy. Access to and control of these commodities is especially critical to the world's most energy consuming countries. This is why there are numerous international and national industry associations, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations, profit and non-profit information providers who all provide data for your research, Mirjam Wolfrum provides a guide through the maze.
Latin American business information specialist Mirjam Wolfrum provides sources, background knowledge and tips for conducting research on companies, economic data and industries in Hispanic Latin America.
Conducting research in Hispanic America will depend a lot on the country you are interested in. In this article Hispanic America means all Spanish-speaking countries from Mexico to Argentina, excluding the Caribbean states. As a general rule we can say that the more interest the global economy has in one particular market, the more information in English will be available. This means that there is more information on economics and businesses available for emerging countries such as Mexico and Columbia and only scanty information on smaller "less economically interesting" countries such as Honduras or Paraguay.
Mirjam Wolfrum explains what kind of information you will be able to obtain from English sources and when you should consider involving a local partner or a Spanish-speaking information expert.
Latin American business information specialist Mirjam Wolfrum provides a starting point for conducting research on companies, economic data and industries in Brazil. She also highlights some of the challenges such as the importance of local language (Portuguese) and local researchers.
Before conducting research in Brazil you need to know some main information providers and the country's principles regarding access to information. This article provides a basic understanding of Brazilian economy and businesses and gives you a starting point for your research. As market of big global interest you might find that a lot of information on markets and industries is available in English. But you will also find that your research in English-only is limited. Mirjam Wolfrum identifies which kind of information you will be able to obtain from English resources and for which information need you should consider involving a local partner or a Portuguese-speaking information expert.
FreePint understands that customers in government agencies must adhere closely to process, value documentation and structure. We highlight recent items of interest to this market sector from FreePint's Content, Community and Consulting.
Information managers in government agencies face challenges unique to their operating environment. A recent FreePint Community of Practice session discussed these bureaucratic challenges along with participants' experiences of overcoming or working within these constraints.
Teleconference, for information managers (buyers), aimed especially at those who work in government agencies, quasi-government agencies or public interest groups As we have worked closely with information managers in government agencies or similar organisations, we find that they frequently...
The methodologies and analytical techniques of big data are being applied to data collected by government, either directly by the state or by commercial organisations. There are issues of privacy and fears of "big brother" relating to the way government information is used. There are also questions about the quality of big data and whether it can replace more traditional data gathering by the state. Author Andrew Lucas also highlights how information professionals can make the most of this opportunity.
The growth in big data techniques and analysis has been driven by the internet giants and has been adopted by many other companies. This article looks at how big data is being applied in commercialising government-sourced data such as public records, land & real estate data and weather data. Author Andrew Lucas identifies key sources and uses of big data. He shows how information professionals can get involved or take the lead in enterprise big data projects, and provide advice and guidance on big data sources as research repositories.
Gartner has predicted that 75% of government data will be declassified by 2020. How likely is this, and what does this and moves such as the Open Government Partnership mean for information professionals?
This month's additions and takedowns in ProQuest, researched and compiled by Anne Jordan.
Keeping up with the endless flow of new regulations affecting the financial sector is a headache for compliance departments and can get in the way of conducting banking business. Information providers, too, play catch-up with the ever-changing regulatory environment, requiring information professionals to keep up-to-date and evaluate a seemingly constant flow of new compliance tools. Penny Crossland looks at two new tools launched by D&B and BankersAccuity.
Sophie Alexander reviews D&B360 and finds it an easy-to-use and intuitive sales intelligence tool that provides a current, accurate and well rounded view of companies, contacts and prospects. By providing access to the world's largest platform for real-time Dun & Bradstreet data it can be used to clean, maintain and add value to your existing CRM data.
If your job involves some kind of sales or marketing role and you'd like to be able to better target new leads, profile your best customers and research what's going on in your target markets all from within your existing CRM or other enterprise software solution then D&B360 could be the product for you. Sophie Alexander's executive summary of sales intelligence tool D&B360 highlights some of the product's best features and how easily it integrates with your existing workflow solution.
This Research Focus provides tools, research and the original data you need to evaluate your current awareness provision and plot where you are in the movement towards intelligence systems. (October - December 2018).
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