Fun day fighting off my cold at Online Information. Managed to catch 5 talks: –
15 specialised web databases available free on the internet Gary Price, Research Consultant, ResourceShelf
Standing room only, but great to actually see and hear Gary. Simple enough presentation but delivered with humour. Included mentions of a few of my own personal favourites such as: Topix and Newsnow for news; Clusty for an interesting meta search experience; the wonderful Jux2 for comparing search engine results; and a site that was new to me Eliyon, a tool that searches the open web to create profiles of people from the information available. Fun to play with and very useful.
At the end of the talk somone just pipped me to ask Gary his views on Netsnippits and Onfolio – as it seems I was not the only person to spot them in the toolbar on Gary’s IE. Gary – like me – seemed to be leaning towards Netsnippits as just having the edge. Hope to catch Gary again later in the week.
Flying Solo: the independent career option for information professionals Mary Ellen Bates, Bates Information Services Inc.
Still standing room only , as Mary gave a good account on why it can be fun and rewarding to be your own boss., and just why you should join the Association of Independent Information Professionals I must confess I was very interested heer, to hear her say that many vendors such as Dialog and Factiva actually give independent professionals a pretty good deal, with big discounts on what you’d expect to pay for access.
Enterprise applications of weblogs L. Anne Clyde, Professor, University of Iceland
Only about half full when Anne kicked off, but headcount better by the end – perhaps an indication of the low profile blogs and blogging still have for a UK information audience … more work for the likes of me – and more importantly CILIP.
Whilst talk not as focussed as I would have liked, it was ok.
Copyright – compliance and staying legal Paul Pedley in association with FreePint
I actualy missed most of this, and once again not much room in the meeting room. Still always good value for money.
How Orange proved that delivering targeted content really does work! Martin Harrison, Systems Development Manager, Orange. (Actually this was given by the relevant vendor Fatwire instead)
Would have prefered to hear this from Orange rather than Fatwire, but it was still an interesting look at how one company was using a specific Enterprise Content Management solution, to give its marketing staff the power to be incharge of promotions and matching those promotions to customers with tools that didn’t invlove going through the IT team.