Category Archives: resources

The Financial Times launches ‘Fast FT’

The Financial Times has launched a new ‘bite-sized news’ section of its website.

Fast FT, which also has its own Twitter account, will provide rolling business news and expert commentary in short articles (up to 250 words long) and is designed to meet the needs of increasingly mobile readers.

You can read more about the launch at The Guardian and see screen shots via PaidContent.

Patent trends – the state of global innovation

The Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters has released its annual analysis of global patent trends.  The State of Innovationreport tracks patent activity across 12 key technology areas.

Key findings include:
·         Computers and peripherals had the largest volume of activity in the whole of the technology sector.  There were 232,000+ filings in 2012.  Scanners declined by 34%
·         Medical devices saw a 15.7% increase in patent activity. 
·         ‘Tobacco-related innovation’ increased by 58%
·         ‘Sugar related inventions’ increased by 56%

The full report can be found here.

Apps for information professionals

In our December issue we will be publishing an article by Scott Brown in which he describes mobile apps that are relevant to information researchers and professionals, both in their own work and in the services and products which they offer to their clients.

It’s a great, practical article outlining some of the ways in which apps are being developed and rolled out by vendors and other providers.  Brown explores how new developments such as augmented reality are helping create a new generation of mobile information products.  

Scott’s articles are always full of practical advice.  Here’s one of his tips ahead of the December publication date:

“Be sure to ask your current information vendors if they are making apps available for their products, and include mobile access as part of your discussions with current and potential vendors as you negotiate access and contracts”.

Searchable trademark data

Thomson CompuMark, (a Thomson Reuters Intellectual Property and Science business), has announced plans to expand its SAEGIS on SERION online trademark screening solution.  The launch of 136 new databases means the solution will cover 186 countries and registers.
The development means that SAEGIS on SERION will provide the largest collection of trademark screening information on a single source, simplifying search processes for trademark professionals.
More information via the press release.

Thomson Reuters and Dow Jones Indexes’ US Index Data Business

The existing collaboration between Thomson Reuters and Dow Jones is to be expanded.
Reuters’s Elektron has been selected to power Dow Jones Indexes, including the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
Elektron will provide a data solution designed to ensure ‘scalability, robustness and performance’ for Dow Jones Indexes’ real-time US index-data business.
For more information see the press release.

The Business Information Survey 2012

The 22nd annual Business Information Survey throws interesting light on many of the key information/knowledge management challenges faced by corporations. It is based on in-depth interviews with 22 senior managers in a wide range of industrial sectors, conducted in December 2011 & January 2012. As in previous years, this is a qualitative survey which is designed to produce a readable, narrative account of strategic factors affecting these services and some of the hard choices that are having to be made in a taxing business climate.
This year’s respondents are, on the whole, cautious about the likely fortunes of their companies and of the information/knowledge and research units they run. However, there is considerable evidence that they are tackling their managerial challenges with realism, imagination and gusto.
Some of the issues covered by the Survey include:
1. Resourcing: how content and staffing budgets have fared.
2. Progress on the integration of external and internal information
3. The affect of the exponential growth of users’ mobile digital devices on information delivery and service support
4. How these information managers handle the issue of working with partners, third parties, individual contractors – and the implications for licensing, vendor relations and support
5. Do they encourage collaboration by managing explicit/tacit knowledge, knowledge silos, communities of practice & systems such as Sharepoint?
6. How does severe organizational turbulence such as from a merger or de-merger affect the IM/KM culture and task?
7. How have their relations with Vendors changed including content licensing, negotiating and service supply issues?
8. Are they using outsourcing and/or offshoring for any IM/KM functions?
9. Search and data mining capabilities in the respondent companies.
10. Are the analytical skills of IS/KM staff being enhanced?
11. What position is the IM/KM function in the company’s value chain and how can it add more value?
12. How important are workflow systems in globally distributed information services?
The Business Information Survey 2012 will be in Business Information Review, 29 (1), 2012. Keep an eye out for it on the Sage Publications website and through tweets and alerts nearer the time of publication.

Allan Foster
Information Industry Consultant

Informa and Centaur report digital growth

A feature on PaidContent today reports the improved fortunes of two business information publishers following moves toward digital subscriptions.

Centaur, the publisher of New Media Age and The Lawyer has reported that its digital revenues now make up 32% of its overall revenue. This week, Centaur acquired Profile Group.
Informa (Lloyd’s List and Datamonitor) have reported that 2011’s digital formed 74% of its total revenue in 2011. Informa’s ebook sales were also up (11%) and now make up 12% of its total academic book sales.
For more on this story, read the full PaidContent story.

Aslib’s Business Information Group

A Community of Practice brings together individuals with a common interest or purpose and enables them to develop and advance their skills on both an individual and collective level.

Aslib’s new Business Information Community of Practice (BICOP) sets out to help promote and share good practice in searching for, exploiting, and managing business information. The inaugural meeting (22 February 2012) was held at City Business Library (CBL). Attendees networked and heard two presentations – one on career development by Jeremy Clarke of Sue Hill Recruitment and one by Goretti Considine, Business Librarian at City Business Library. She spoke about engaging user communities, stretching service offerings and marketing a service.
The City Business Library is a public library with a target market of SMEs, business start-ups and individuals. Having moved to the Guildhall complex in the last 18 months, its new location has helped to raise the Library’s profile. The Library space is also a great venue, and recent successes in building this part of the service mean CBL hosts anything up to 80 events a month.
However, what has really contributed to the ongoing success of the Library is the zero-budget advocacy and marketing undertaken by the staff. A mixture of continuous networking, clarity in the marketing messages, approachability and some risk taking have helped the Library to find sponsors, new customers, speakers, trainers and vocal supporters.
Lessons from Goretti
  • Attend as many networking events as possible – even ones which seem marginal
  • Have a great opening line (Goretti uses “you can’t afford not to talk to me” and has a follow up elevator speech ready
  • Don’t go anywhere without your business cards!
  • Don’t be afraid to stretch yourself – the Library now offers a Job Club for example
  • Take risks and remember “If you don’t ask, you don’t get”
The evening was introduced and concluded by Graham Coult, the editor of Managing Information. The enthusiastic networking of the delegates show that there is great enthusiasm for business-focused networking opportunities.

Using social media to find business information

In social media for company research, (BIR 28, 3) Scott Brown described how three key social media tools (LinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube) can be used to locate key business information.

Scott is also a blogger for the SLA and in his latest blog post he presents a case study on searching for information about Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (Philips) using ‘non-traditional sources such as LinkedIn and Facebook.

EBSCO releases Business Source Corporate Plus

EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) has expanded its collection of corporate research solutions with the release of Business Source Corporate Plus.
Business Source Corporate Plus (BSC+) provides researchers with corporate information, latest business news and trends.
BSC+ includes full text from 4000+ quality business journals and trade publications as well as 1,100 full text newspapers and 940,000 full text TV and news radio analyses and as well as many other features.
The company view provides a directory style view of a company. Users can find information on more than 1.1 million public and private companies with detailed company profiles, as well as related industry and market reports. BSC+ will be updated approximately 100 times per day.
For more information on BSC+ visit the website.