Karen Blakeman on December 21st, 2005

Alacra Store, who provide pay as you go access to company and industry data, have added EIU content. You can now find all types of EIU Country Data in the store including Country Profiles, Country Reports, Country Forecasts, ViewsWire articles, and Risk Briefings. They have also included all of the content from recent issues of […]

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Karen Blakeman on December 20th, 2005

Marketscan offer direct mail services to businesses and individuals. The lists appear on first glance to be heavily UK biased but there are also International and European lists. You can browse and build lists via a number of different routes: business, consumer, company directors, market sectors, SIC codes, geographical planner. The business lists, for example, […]

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Karen Blakeman on December 20th, 2005

The 21st annual PNC Christmas Price Index shows that the cost of Christmas for True Love – made famous by the song ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ – has gone up by 6 per cent. Avian flu and energy prices are major contributory factors the report claims. Every year, PNC Advisors calculate the cost of […]

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Karen Blakeman on December 20th, 2005

The first issue of Google’s Librarian News has appeared. Conceived at the 2005 ALA conference in Chicago this will be a quarterly newsletter. The first issue has a feature article on how Google indexes the web and ranks search results. For many experienced searchers there is nothing new in the article and it does not […]

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Karen Blakeman on December 10th, 2005

Jux2 (http://wwwjux2.com/) is back having been sold by its previous owner on eBay for over USD 100,000. Jux2 is a meta search tool that runs your strategy through Google, Yahoo and Ask Jeeves and presents you with a combined list. Nothing unusual or innovative in that, but you can also look at just the unique […]

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Karen Blakeman on December 7th, 2005

We have been running our Advanced Search Strategies workshop again, this time in Sheffield. As usual, we asked the participants at the end of the day to come up with their top tips and sites. This is the list. 1. Use evaluated subject listings to filter out the rubbish, for example OMNI (http://www.omni.ac.uk/) in the […]

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Karen Blakeman on December 3rd, 2005

The new 2006 EBRD Directory of business information sources on central and eastern Europe and the CIS is now in press. Available from February 2006, the directory has been completely revised and extended to provide a comprehensive guide to business information resources on the region. The sites are is from the world’s leading publishers, banks, […]

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Karen Blakeman on December 3rd, 2005

An interesting story from Information World Review on the Norwegian enterprise search vendor Fast Search & Transfer, and their plans for their “Personal Search Platform” (PSP). This will not be just desktop search. The plans are to involve information providers such as Reed Elsevier so that PSP can provide users with a one-stop-shop for peer […]

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Karen Blakeman on December 3rd, 2005

Blinkx and the Times Online have launched a co-branded toolbar called Times Online Smart Search. This is a variation on the Blinkx desktop search with content from the Times being delivered via the blinkx News channel. It works in the same way as the standard Blinkx desktop search in that it analyses what the user […]

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Karen Blakeman on December 3rd, 2005

Expect to start seeing sites in the .eu domain within the next few days. The new top-level domain goes live on December 7th but only trademark holders and public bodies will be able to register during the so-called “sunrise period”. Registrations for the domain, which will be handled by Eurid, will be open to the […]

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