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BUSINESS INFORMATION SOURCES FOREWORD.  MODULE 1: INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS INFORMATION   EnIL International School on „Bus...
FOREWORD: THE COURSE OBJECTIVES, STRUCTURE, CONTENT AND TRAINING METHODS
Business Information Sources: the course objectives <ul><li>Familiarize participants with the concept and domain of busine...
Business Information Sources: the course structure and content  <ul><li>Module 1 :   Introduction to business information ...
Business Information Sources: the course teaching-learning approach and training methods <ul><li>Demonstration, discussion...
Business Information Sources: very selected additional readings <ul><li>Research guides and tutorials </li></ul><ul><ul><l...
MODULE 1: INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS INFORMATION (BI)
The  Module 1  structure and content <ul><li>Meaning, definitions, terminology, characteristics and importance of business...
Meanings of  the term  „business information” <ul><li>Business Information is  a domain of activity  that:  </li></ul><ul>...
Definitions of business information <ul><li>(1) Information FOR (doing) business </li></ul><ul><ul><li>to make informed de...
Terminology <ul><li>Business information </li></ul><ul><li>Business and economics information </li></ul><ul><li>Business i...
Business information features <ul><li>Business information should be reliable, trustworthy,  authenticated ,  current, up-...
Business  i nformation area s  <ul><li>General business information resources = „starting points” </li></ul><ul><li>Compan...
Business information needs, users and uses   <ul><li>Who needs business information? What for? Why business information ma...
Business information needs, users and uses – who needs business information?   <ul><li>In professional life   </li></ul><u...
The Business Information Industry: producers and providers of BI (I) <ul><li>Non-commercial:  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Intern...
The Business Information Industry: producers and providers of BI (I I ) <ul><ul><li>Libraries (academic, government, publi...
The Business Information Industry: Producers and Providers of BI  (III) <ul><li>Commercial:  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Commerc...
The business information sources <ul><li>There exists  a great amount  of business information sources </li></ul><ul><li>W...
The business information sources: categorization  (I)  <ul><li>By financial barriers / availability of information </li></...
The business information sources: categorization  (II)  <ul><li>Note </li></ul><ul><ul><li>There are numerous commercial s...
The business information sources: categorization  (III)  <ul><li>By producer/provider status (formality) </li></ul><ul><ul...
The business information sources: categorization  (IV)   <ul><li>Online electronic sources – by type of website  </li></ul...
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  1. 1. BUSINESS INFORMATION SOURCES FOREWORD. MODULE 1: INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS INFORMATION EnIL International School on „Business Information Literacy”, 13-17 October 2008, Rome, Italy Dr. Sabina Cisek Associate Professor Institute of Information and Library Science, Jagiellonian University Krakow, Poland
  2. 2. FOREWORD: THE COURSE OBJECTIVES, STRUCTURE, CONTENT AND TRAINING METHODS
  3. 3. Business Information Sources: the course objectives <ul><li>Familiarize participants with the concept and domain of business information </li></ul><ul><li>Give an overall presentation of the business information industry, services, sources and uses </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce selected business information resources – focusing on free-of-charge and Open Access Web-based services and sources </li></ul><ul><li>Show how to use business information sources (mainly – international in scope, in English) and provide opportunity for hands-on training </li></ul>
  4. 4. Business Information Sources: the course structure and content <ul><li>Module 1 : Introduction to business information </li></ul><ul><li>Module 2 : Seeking for business information – selected Web-based information resources </li></ul><ul><li>Module 3 : Web 2.0 for business information </li></ul>
  5. 5. Business Information Sources: the course teaching-learning approach and training methods <ul><li>Demonstration, discussion, elements of lecture , group-work , hands-on practice </li></ul>
  6. 6. Business Information Sources: very selected additional readings <ul><li>Research guides and tutorials </li></ul><ul><ul><li>BERA: Business and Economics Research Advisor. A Series of Guides to Business and Economics Topics by Library of Congress http://www.loc.gov/rr/business/BERA/index.html </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intute: Virtual Training Suite http://www.vts.intute.ac.uk/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Journals and weblogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>„ Business Information Review”. Quarterly by Sage [paid] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ResourceShelf http://www.resourceshelf.com/ [free] </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. MODULE 1: INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS INFORMATION (BI)
  8. 8. The Module 1 structure and content <ul><li>Meaning, definitions, terminology, characteristics and importance of business information </li></ul><ul><li>Business information needs and users </li></ul><ul><li>The business information industry: producers and providers of BI </li></ul><ul><li>General description and categorization of BI resources </li></ul>
  9. 9. Meanings of the term „business information” <ul><li>Business Information is a domain of activity that: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>involves – preparing/producing information sources; collecting, managing and giving access to them; finding, evaluating and using information, etc.; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>includes – products (i.e. business information resources), services, systems, professionals, organizations, needs, users and uses, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Business information is a type of information </li></ul>
  10. 10. Definitions of business information <ul><li>(1) Information FOR (doing) business </li></ul><ul><ul><li>to make informed decisions – short-term, long-term, strategic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to enhance business, products, technology with current information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to gain profit, recognition and success </li></ul></ul><ul><li>(2) Information ABOUT business (and economics, and related issues) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Terminology <ul><li>Business information </li></ul><ul><li>Business and economics information </li></ul><ul><li>Business intelligence </li></ul><ul><li>Competitive intelligence </li></ul><ul><li>n early synonyms </li></ul>
  12. 12. Business information features <ul><li>Business information should be reliable, trustworthy, authenticated , current, up-to-date; but – historical data and controversial issues may also be needed </li></ul><ul><li>Business information is based on resources that are already published and made available </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Note a : that does not mean – these sources are always easily available </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Note b : of course there are exceptions  </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Business i nformation area s <ul><li>General business information resources = „starting points” </li></ul><ul><li>Company information </li></ul><ul><li>Financial information = investment information </li></ul><ul><li>Product and service information </li></ul><ul><li>Markets, marketing and trade information </li></ul><ul><li>Other </li></ul>
  14. 14. Business information needs, users and uses <ul><li>Who needs business information? What for? Why business information makes a difference? Why business information literacy is an advantage – for organizations and for everybody? </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion with the course participants </li></ul>
  15. 15. Business information needs, users and uses – who needs business information? <ul><li>In professional life </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>business enterprises </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>associations, not-for-profit organizations, NGOs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>central and local governments, authorities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>journalists, writers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>researchers, scientists, students </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>advisers, brokers, lawyers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>In private life: everybody </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>anybody who wants to set up a business </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>buyers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>credit takers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>complaining clients </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>investors </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>job seekers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>tax payers </li></ul></ul></ul>
  16. 16. The Business Information Industry: producers and providers of BI (I) <ul><li>Non-commercial: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>International organizations, like European Union, OECD, United Nations, for example </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Your Europe – Business ( by EU European Commission ) http://ec.europa.eu/youreurope/nav/en/business/index.html </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Enterprise Europe Network (by EU European Commission) http://www.enterprise-europe-network.ec.europa.eu/index_en.htm </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Governments’ bodies, administration, local authorities </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. The Business Information Industry: producers and providers of BI (I I ) <ul><ul><li>Libraries (academic, government, public), librarians, for example </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Buffalo & Erie County Public Library – Reference Desk – Business and Finance http://www.buffalolib.org/refdesk/index.asp </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Harvard Business School Baker Library http://www.library.hbs.edu/guides/ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NGOs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional associations, chambers o f commerce </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Universities, other educational/research institutions, scholars, students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteers, enthusiasts </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. The Business Information Industry: Producers and Providers of BI (III) <ul><li>Commercial: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Commercial publishers and providers of BI resources, for example – </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dun & Bradstreet http://www.dnb.com/us/ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Internet Securities, Inc. (trading as ISI Emerging Markets), http://www.securities.com/ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Corporate intelligence centers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>see The Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP) http://www.scip.org / </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information brokers = independent information professionals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>see the Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP) http://www.aiip.org/ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Journals, for example </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>„ The Economist” http://www4.economist.com/countries/ </li></ul></ul></ul>
  19. 19. The business information sources <ul><li>There exists a great amount of business information sources </li></ul><ul><li>Where and how to find them? </li></ul><ul><li>How to read and understand them? </li></ul><ul><li>How to evaluate them? </li></ul><ul><li>How to use them? </li></ul>
  20. 20. The business information sources: categorization (I) <ul><li>By financial barriers / availability of information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free information, for example: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>CIA World Factbook https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Intute: social sciences: business http://www.intute.ac.uk/socialsciences/business/ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commercial information – sold to the public, for example: Business Source Complete (EBSCOhost) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Proprietary information – not available, trade secrets </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. The business information sources: categorization (II) <ul><li>Note </li></ul><ul><ul><li>There are numerous commercial sources – databases, directories, etc. that are available online: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>partly free – basic information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>partly free – but you have to register or subscribe </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>partly as paid services, for fee </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.corporateinformation.com/ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.kompass.com/en/ </li></ul></ul></ul>
  22. 22. The business information sources: categorization (III) <ul><li>By producer/provider status (formality) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>official (by government) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>non-official (by commercial provider) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>By format </li></ul><ul><ul><li>electronic (online and offline), print, people </li></ul></ul><ul><li>By level of processing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>primary sources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>secondary sources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>tertiary sources </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. The business information sources: categorization (IV) <ul><li>Online electronic sources – by type of website </li></ul><ul><ul><li>General-purpose (global and local) search engines, meta-search services, catalogs, portals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specialized search tools (for example – „harvesting” services, Deep Web directories) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quality-controlled subject/information gateways, vertical portals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Full-text resources – archives, e-journals, digital libraries, repositories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 forms – blogs, wikis, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Databases online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Institutions’ and organizations’ Websites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… </li></ul></ul>
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