Friday, 28 May 2010

Digital copyright rumbles on

At a time when News International are trying to extract as much commercial value as possible from their newspapers by removing them from aggregators, James Murdoch has criticised the British Library over the BL’s plans to digitise the national newspaper collection.

Murdoch’s argument is that public bodies should not decide how copyrighted material is exploited for commercial gain – his concern is presumably loss of revenue for News International, rather than access to information for the general public.

The British Library has announced that it is digitising a large chunk of the national newspaper collection archive. The partnership between the British Library and a company called “Brightsolid” will enable the digitisation of 4 million pages of newspapers over the first two years in a ten year agreement.

It is hoped that “in-copyright” content can be scanned in the future after negotiation with rightsholders. This archive would only be available online as a fee paying service, but it will be available online for the first time, increasing access to the material and helping to safeguard the content of this collection for the future.

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Times and Sunday Times still available to Law Firms via LexisNexis

Bob De Laney, Director, News & Business at LexisNexis has confirmed that LexisNexis have successfully negotiated continued access for law firms to News International content via their services:

“Further to our previous communication, I’m writing to let you know that we have finalised a contract with News International to maintain content from The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun and The News of the World on our services. Not only will this new agreement ensure your continued access to these key UK newspapers, but it will also deliver two improvements to your service:

• Content will start to be delivered earlier in the day, enabling you to pick up coverage at 9:00am rather than noon

• As News International begins to add more “website-only” content to its online offer, this content will also become available to Nexis customers, later in 2010."

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

KM reference material

Some great guidance and introduction to KM techniques and tools have now been brought together within a KM reference section on the Knoco website, free of charge.

With helpful introductions to KM processes, KM roles and structures, KM technologies and KM governance, these are excellent guides created by Nick Milton and Knoco.

The Knoco website already provides some great Knoco white papers, guidance documents, newsletters and details of workshops.

Monday, 24 May 2010

Enterprise Search

The recent Enterprise Search Summit 2010 in New York has spurred several reports from different commentators and I do believe that Enterprise Search can enable an organisation to tap into it’s combined knowledge so much more effectively.

With so many vendors vying to sell their own enterprise search solutions, there is even the idea of using Google for your search engine.There are many guides, sales pitches and definitions around;

Accenture believes that being able to easily access all available information, then use it to meet business challenges, explore opportunities and exceed the competition, is essential for achieving a higher level of performance. And that goal is increasingly within reach because Enterprise Search technologies are advancing rapidly.

IBM states that a certain size of organization often produce and accumulate textual data from a wide range of sources and in a variety of formats, and effective tools for searching over that data are central to the organizations' success.

Finally Freepint did a nice introduction to Enterprise search in 2005 that still makes interesting reading for this topic, listing 10 critical success factors worth bearing in mind.

Cost and ROI are an issue - as always.

Monday, 10 May 2010

How to write clearly

Whether you are a lawyer or not, we can all write more clearly.

This guide from the European Commission is intended for all writers of English at the European Commission – but I think it is useful where ever you are.

The document is full of hints – not rules – that will help you to write clearly and make sure your message ends up: “in your readers’ brains, not in their bins”.

It is very easy to read and quite interesting!

Another useful resource provided by the EU Translation team is a page of online glossaries for each language of the EU, very helpful for technical terms.

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

OU Library available online

Described as “the most advanced digital university library in the world” The Open University library website is an excellent resource. The OU have spent time developing a gateway to a wide range of online information resources, much of it available free, including the ability to search across a range of journals, books and websites.

It also provides information about the services and resources at the Open University Library building in Milton Keynes. Users have access to 400 online databases, 30,000 e-journals and hundreds of thousands of e-books.

The free search for “visitors and guests” is excellent, with an impressive range of materials searched quickly and easily. There are two options, to search "journals, books and websites" or to search "reference shelf".

Other valuable assets include the recommended links for other free resources on the web; well worth visiting.
I particularly like the “online collections and databases” links, but there are lists of everything from images and sounds, to libraries near you.

A gem of a resource.