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Advanced Internet Searching for Energy Information & Market Research

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Workshop presentation given to the Information for Energy Group (IFEG) at the Energy Institute, New Cavendish Street, UK. Thursday 13th May 2010.

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Advanced Internet Searching for Energy Information & Market Research

  1. 1. Information for Energy Group, Energy Institute, New Cavendish Street, London Thursday 13 May 2010 Advanced Internet Searching for Energy Information & Market Research [email_address] , http://twitter.com/karenblakeman http://www.slideshare.net/karenblakeman http://www.rba.co.uk/ , http://www.rba.co.uk/wordpress/ This presentation is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbainfo/3313765895/
  2. 2. Search is changing <ul><li>How people look for and find information is changing </li></ul><ul><li>Social media and networks are now an essential part of the search mix </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook for market research and customer feedback e.g. the marmite bar http://www.facebook.com/MarmiteBars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Business students assignment on advertising history of Cadbury’s Crème Egg and Dairy Milk – Youtube! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter and blogs used as an essential part of reputation monitoring </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What’s happening at conferences - Twitter, Slideshare, Flickr, videos, podcasts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Search engines now including social media and professional networks in search results </li></ul>
  3. 3. Search on a person Blogger profile Twitter profile Facebook profile LinkedIn profile 15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
  4. 4. Search on a topic – first page results 15/05/10 www.rba.co.uk Results from Google News Latest results - rolling feed from Twitter, blogs, discussions
  5. 5. Search on a topic – first page results 15/05/10 www.rba.co.uk Images Wikipedia article Blog posting listing videos YouTube video Results from my “social circle”: Twitter, RSS feeds, FriendFeed, Google Wave contacts etc.
  6. 6. Social media <ul><li>It is where many companies and organisations market themselves, provide customer support and distribute information </li></ul><ul><li>It is where an increasing proportion of the population grow up & they don’t differentiate between the different means of communication </li></ul><ul><li>It is where an increasing number of people feel comfortable and share information </li></ul><ul><li>It’s impossible to ‘gag’ social networks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>BBC NEWS | Politics | When is a secret not a secret? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8304908.stm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For serious research, social media and professional networks are not optional extras - they are an essential part of your research strategy </li></ul></ul>15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
  7. 7. Types of search tools <ul><li>Humans </li></ul><ul><ul><li>is a colleague or a friend already working in, or knowledgeable about the subject area? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>who have you met at meetings, conferences? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>discussion lists, bloggers, LinkedIn, Facebook, trade/professional associations, Twitter etc. (social “stuff”!) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Search engines </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google, Yahoo, Bing, </li></ul></ul><ul><li>So called “deep web” and specialist tools, evaluated listings, subject listings, customised search engines </li></ul><ul><li>Databases and peer reviewed sources </li></ul><ul><li>Multi search engine tools, federated search </li></ul><ul><ul><li>search lots of search tools or databases at once </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>or type in your search once and click on each search tool in turn </li></ul></ul>15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
  8. 8. How up to date are search tools? <ul><li>Google, Yahoo, Bing etc. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>you are searching an out of date index of the web and not the web itself </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>may take days to months for a site to be added to the index </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>hierarchy of sites for updating </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Real time, social media search tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter, blogs, discussion boards, RSS feeds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>what is happening NOW </li></ul></ul>15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
  9. 9. What are you looking for? <ul><li>Authoritative facts? </li></ul><ul><li>Official or corporate announcements/press releases? </li></ul><ul><li>News articles? </li></ul><ul><li>Views and opinions on a topic? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>from experts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>from consumers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>from people who don’t know what they’re talking about! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Spur of the moment rants about failed services or products? </li></ul><ul><li>Rumour, speculation, gossip? </li></ul><ul><li>Or do you want to gather new data? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. set up surveys on Facebook, Survey Monkey, Twtpoll.com </li></ul></ul>15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
  10. 10. <ul><li>Switched on by default </li></ul><ul><li>Google adjusts your search results according to what you have clicked on in the past </li></ul><ul><li>See Karen Blakeman's Blog - Your Google results are about to get weirder </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.rba.co.uk/wordpress/2009/12/17/your-google-results-are-about-to-get-weirder/ </li></ul></ul>Before we start - is your Google web history on? 15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
  11. 11. A search engine’s results may vary <ul><li>In content and presentation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>from one minute to the next </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>different server being used </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>testing out different search and ranking algorithms </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Country versions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>different emphasis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>local content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>different interface </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>different search features </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>use if researching a person, company, subject located or based in another country </li></ul></ul>15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
  12. 12. 15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
  13. 13. General search techniques <ul><li>By default, the main search tools look for all of your terms in a page </li></ul><ul><li>Use double quote marks around phrases or names </li></ul><ul><li>To exclude pages containing a term, precede the term with a minus sign (-) but use with care </li></ul><ul><li>Focus your search in areas of the page </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- use advanced search screens or commands </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- inurl: for example UK inurl:carbonemissions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>looks for your terms/phrase in the URL </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- intitle: or allintitle: for example UK intitle:&quot;carbon emissions&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>looks for your terms/phrase in the title of the page </li></ul></ul></ul>15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
  14. 14. General search techniques <ul><li>Search sites or domains using the advanced search screen or site: command </li></ul><ul><ul><li>wind turbine energy generation site:statistics.gov.uk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>wind turbine energy generation site:gov.uk </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Imagine what you would like to appear in your ideal document and include those terms in your strategy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- renewable energy generation UK wind solar wave hydro </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Repeat your key search terms in your search strategy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>tar sands EROEI </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>tar sands EROEI EROEI EROEI </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>different results </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Change the order of your terms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>biodiesel fuel UK buses efficiency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>biodiesel fuel efficiency UK buses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>different results </li></ul></ul></ul>15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
  15. 15. File format search <ul><li>Use advanced search options to limit your search to file types or format: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>pdf or doc for government or industry/market reports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>xls for data and statistics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ppt or pdf for presentations, experts on a topic </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use Google and Yahoo Advanced Search </li></ul><ul><li>Bing.com sometimes picks up unique content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>use command filetype: in your search strategy e.g. filetype:ppt car ownership UK </li></ul></ul>15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
  16. 16. Docjax <ul><li>http://www.docjax.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>searches pdf, xls, doc, ppt in Yahoo and Google </li></ul>15/05/10 www.rba.co.uk
  17. 17. Presentations <ul><li>For : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>find experts on a topic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>what are companies doing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>introduction to a topic or a general overview </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>data and market statistics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>company structures, who’s who </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Presentation search: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Slideshare http://www.slideshare.net/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Authorstream http://www.authorstream.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Slideboom http://www.slideboom.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Slidefinder http://www.slidefinder.net/ </li></ul></ul>15/05/10 www.rba.co.uk
  18. 18. Slideshare.net 15/05/10 www.rba.co.uk Search: biofuels UK public transport
  19. 19. Slidefinder <ul><li>http://www.slidefinder.net/ </li></ul><ul><li>Identifies individual slides within a presentation </li></ul>15/05/10 www.rba.co.uk
  20. 20. Slidefinder <ul><li>Can limit search to universities </li></ul><ul><li>Also Advanced Search to search areas of slides </li></ul>15/05/10 www.rba.co.uk
  21. 21. Google <ul><li>Additional search features previously hidden under “Show options” now in left hand side menu </li></ul><ul><li>Most are self explanatory </li></ul><ul><li>A few that aren’t.... </li></ul><ul><li>Updates = Twitter </li></ul>15/05/10 www.rba.co.uk
  22. 22. Google <ul><li>Wonderwheel </li></ul>15/05/10 www.rba.co.uk
  23. 23. Google <ul><li>Timeline </li></ul><ul><ul><li>but Google can get it wrong </li></ul></ul>15/05/10 www.rba.co.uk ?
  24. 24. Unique Google search features <ul><li>Similar or related pages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>looks for pages that are similar in type and content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>click on the Similar link next to the page in your results list </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>or use the related: command e.g. related:www.bwea.com </li></ul></ul>15/05/10 www.rba.co.uk
  25. 25. Unique Google search features <ul><li>Automatically looks for variations on your terms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>to stop it, precede your terms with plus signs e.g. +Norne oil field to stop Google looking for ‘Horne’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>or use double quote marks around the term or phrase “Norne” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(hat tip to Even Flood for this example) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Numeric range search </li></ul><ul><ul><li>can be weights, distances, years, prices, measurements of any sort </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>use Advanced Search screen </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>or the search box on the Google home page </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>search term(s) first value..second value unit of measurement </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>toblerone 1..6 kg </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>world oil production forecasts 2010..2015 </li></ul></ul>15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
  26. 26. Unique Google search features <ul><li>Proximity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>use the asterisk (*) to stand in for one or more terms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>useful when searching for people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>separates the terms by one or more words </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Karen * Blakeman picks up: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Karen Blakeman </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Karen Mary Blakeman </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Karen Sands Blakeman </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Karen Marie Blakeman </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>solar * panels picks up: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>solar heating panels </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>solar electricity panels </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>solar thermal panel </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>solar voltaic panels </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>solar concentrator panels </li></ul></ul></ul>15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
  27. 27. Google Finance <ul><li>http://www.google.co.uk/finance </li></ul>15/05/10 www.rba.co.uk
  28. 28. Yahoo! <ul><li>http://www.yahoo.co.uk/ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>very busy interface! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http://search.yahoo.co.uk/ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>simpler, Google like interface </li></ul></ul>15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
  29. 29. Yahoo! <ul><li>http://search.yahoo.co.uk/ </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced Search hidden under “More” </li></ul><ul><li>Similar options to Google Advanced Search </li></ul>15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
  30. 30. Yahoo! <ul><li>http://www.yahoo.co.uk/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://search.yahoo.co.uk/ http://search.yahoo.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Deal with Bing </li></ul><ul><li>Some country versions already using Bing web search, rest will follow during the year </li></ul><ul><li>Now includes options in the left side menu for limiting your seearch </li></ul>15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
  31. 31. Yahoo Finance <ul><li>http://uk.finance.yahoo.com/ </li></ul>15/05/10 www.rba.co.uk
  32. 32. Bing <ul><li>http://www.bing.com/ (was live.com) </li></ul><ul><li>“ decision engine” </li></ul><ul><li>Results tend to be more consumer oriented </li></ul><ul><li>Seems to have the most up to date database and possibly the most extensive database of web pages </li></ul><ul><li>Results vary considerably depending on the country version </li></ul><ul><li>Supposedly incorporating real time, social media results into main search </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced Search screen ‘minimalist” but can use commands (see Search Engine Summary and Comparison Chart http://www.rba.co.uk/search/compare.pdf ) </li></ul>15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
  33. 33. Compare search engines <ul><li>TripleMe </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.tripleme.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>compares Google, Yahoo and Bing side by side </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blindsearch </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://blindsearch.fejus.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>compare Google, Yahoo and Bing results for web or images </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>vote on which are the best without seeing the branding </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Zuula </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.zuula.com / </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>runs your search through a range of search tools one by one </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>order can be customised </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Browsys Finder (was Intelways/Crossengine) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.browsys.com/finder </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>runs your search through a plethora of search tools one by one </li></ul></ul>15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
  34. 34. iSEEK <ul><li>http://www.iseek.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Clusters results into topics, people, places, organisations, date & time </li></ul><ul><li>“ Education” option – more research oriented pages </li></ul>15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
  35. 35. Biznar <ul><li>http://www.biznar.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Real time federated search of selected business resources, some of them “hidden web” or “deep web” </li></ul><ul><li>Click on Advanced Search to see a list of the sources </li></ul>15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
  36. 36. Intute <ul><li>http://www.intute.ac.uk </li></ul><ul><li>Funding to be discontinued but has been given a stay of execution </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent starting point for quality resources in all subject areas and industries </li></ul>15/05/10 www.rba.co.uk
  37. 37. TechXtra <ul><li>http://www.techxtra.ac.uk </li></ul><ul><li>ICBL and the Library at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh </li></ul><ul><li>Engineering, mathematics and computing </li></ul><ul><li>Free information and pay per view </li></ul>15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
  38. 38. Google Scholar <ul><li>http://scholar.google.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>No source list </li></ul><ul><li>Not comprehensive and omits many key scientific publications </li></ul><ul><li>Both peer-reviewed and un-reviewed articles, pre-prints, institutional repositories, references to books, citations </li></ul><ul><li>Does not use publishers’ meta data </li></ul><ul><li>Author search unreliable </li></ul><ul><li>Search on year of publication unreliable </li></ul><ul><li>“ Google Scholar is brain damaged” Peter Jasco, Trends in Professional and Academic Online Information Services, presented at Inforum, 22 nd May 2007, Prague </li></ul><ul><li>Use with caution and be aware that there are huge gaps in coverage </li></ul>15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
  39. 39. Alacrawiki spotlights <ul><li>http://www.alacrawiki.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Key resources for major industry sectors </li></ul><ul><li>Most pages have not been updated for 2-3 years  BUT much of the information still valid </li></ul>15/05/10 www.rba.co.uk
  40. 40. Alacrasearch <ul><li>http://www.alacra.com/alacrasearch/ </li></ul><ul><li>Google custom search engine </li></ul>15/05/10 www.rba.co.uk
  41. 41. LGSearch <ul><li>http://lgsearch.net/ </li></ul><ul><li>Another Google custom search engine </li></ul><ul><li>Searches UK public sector web sites </li></ul>15/05/10 www.rba.co.uk
  42. 42. Directionlessgov.com 15/05/10 www.rba.co.uk
  43. 43. http://www.search4oil.com/ <ul><li>New! </li></ul><ul><li>Information on the oil and gas sectors </li></ul>15/05/10 www.rba.co.uk
  44. 44. http://www.search4oil.com/ <ul><li>People, Feature </li></ul>15/05/10 www.rba.co.uk
  45. 45. Statistics <ul><li>Some general starting points </li></ul><ul><ul><li>OFFSTATS - The University of Auckland Library http://www.offstats.auckland.ac.nz/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>by country or subject or both </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>excellent list of energy web site stats including the BP Statistical Review of World Energy (2009) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RBA Energy Information Sources http://www.rba.co.uk/sources/energy.shtml (under revision!) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Public data explorer http://www.google.com/publicdata/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>See review Google Public Data Explorer- fine as far as it goes http://www.rba.co.uk/wordpress/2010/03/27/google-public-data-explorer-fine-as-far-as-it-goes/ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Guardian datastore and datablog http://www.guardian.co.uk/data-store and World Government Data http://www.guardian.co.uk/world-government-data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>the latter is a better way of searching http://data.gov.uk/ </li></ul></ul></ul>15/05/10 www.rba.co.uk
  46. 46. <ul><li>Guardian World Government Data </li></ul><ul><li>data.gov.uk </li></ul>15/05/10 www.rba.co.uk
  47. 47. Office of National Statistics <ul><li>http://www.statistics.gov.uk/ </li></ul><ul><li>Official UK statistics </li></ul><ul><li>Search on energy </li></ul><ul><li>Often quicker and easier to use Google site search </li></ul>15/05/10 www.rba.co.uk
  48. 48. Department of Energy and Climate Change http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/statistics/statistics.aspx 15/05/10 www.rba.co.uk
  49. 49. RESTATS <ul><li>Renewable Energy STATisticS database for the United Kingdom </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.restats.org.uk/ </li></ul>15/05/10 www.rba.co.uk
  50. 50. Energy Export Databrowser http://mazamascience.com/OilExport/ 15/05/10 www.rba.co.uk
  51. 51. Free industry and market research <ul><li>Individual publishers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>tables of contents, executive summaries, free sample chapters </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Government bodies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>US http://www.export.gov/ , http://www.bisnis.doc.gov/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>regulatory bodies e.g. in the UK - Competition Commission, Ofcom </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Management consultants </li></ul><ul><li>Academic sector </li></ul><ul><li>Trade, industry, manufacturing associations </li></ul><ul><li>Trade and industry press </li></ul>15/05/10 www.rba.co.uk
  52. 52. Priced industry and market research <ul><li>Aggregators may not be comprehensive </li></ul><ul><ul><li>many publishers embargo reports for weeks or months </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>many publishers withhold reports from aggregators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>check the publisher’s own web site or email them to see if there is additional or more recent research available </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>may get a better deal by going to the publisher direct </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>use aggregators as an index to see who is publishing on your topic, for example </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.marketresearch.com/ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.mindbranch.com/ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.researchandmarkets.com/ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.alacrastore.com/ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.reportbuyer.com/ (go to Energy and Utilities) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>For emerging markets http://www.securities.com/ </li></ul>15/05/10 www.rba.co.uk
  53. 53. Priced industry and market research <ul><li>Many sites specialising in energy reports </li></ul><ul><ul><li>just search on energy market research reports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Energy market research, analysis, databases, forecasts and energy market consulting http://www.absenergyresearch.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Energy Market research http://www.energy-market-research.info/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GBI Research http://www.gbiresearch.com/ (Go to the Oil and Gas section) </li></ul></ul>15/05/10 www.rba.co.uk
  54. 54. News <ul><li>Newspapers, journals, trade press </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Video </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>Set up alerts and RSS feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Google News </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://news.google.co.uk/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>good regional, national, international and trade press coverage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>free sources only so misses some important publications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>useful way of identifying industry publications </li></ul></ul>15/05/10 www.rba.co.uk
  55. 55. Chipwrapper http://www.chipwrapper.co.uk <ul><li>Google Custom Search engine </li></ul><ul><li>Searches everything available on 15 free UK News Sites </li></ul><ul><li>“ Time slices” for last 24 hours, past week, past month, past year </li></ul>15/05/10 www.rba.co.uk
  56. 56. Silobreaker http://www.silobreaker.com/ <ul><li>covers free resources </li></ul><ul><li>news, blogs, video, tweets </li></ul><ul><li>geographical location of stories </li></ul><ul><li>people </li></ul><ul><li>networks </li></ul><ul><li>use as a starting point for in depth research </li></ul><ul><li>has an energy section </li></ul>15/05/10 www.rba.co.uk
  57. 57. RSS for ... <ul><li>Current awareness and alerts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>newspapers, blogs, twitter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>customised alerts on topics or as part of reputation monitoring/management </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Read feeds in </li></ul><ul><ul><li>an online feed reader e.g. Google Reader </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>desktop client e.g. FeedReader, RSS Bandit, Omea </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outlook (2007 and later) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Start pages e.g. Netvibes, My Yahoo, iGoogle, </li></ul></ul>15/05/10 www.rba.co.uk
  58. 58. RSS feeds (in Omea) 15/05/10 www.rba.co.uk
  59. 59. Netvibes.com 15/05/10 www.rba.co.uk
  60. 60. Netvibes.com <ul><li>New dashboard feature </li></ul><ul><ul><li>type in your keywords and Netvibes automatically searches across news, social media, videos etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>looks in places you might not think of </li></ul></ul>15/05/10 www.rba.co.uk
  61. 61. Video & Audio <ul><li>Search engines’ video/audio tabs </li></ul><ul><li>YouTube, Vimeo.com, iTunes U </li></ul><ul><li>Blinkx - http://www.blinkx.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Truveo – http://www.truveo.com/ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>country versions available </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Zuula - http://www.zuula.com/ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>click on the video tab </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Browsys Finder (formerly Intelways/Crossengine) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.browsys.com/finder/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>click on the video tab </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Podcasts associated with news stories on e.g. BBC, The Guardian, New Scientist, Nature etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Odeo - http://www.odeo.com/ </li></ul>15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
  62. 62. Blogs and blog search tools <ul><li>Blogs are a very easy and quick means of publishing </li></ul><ul><li>New postings are picked up within minutes - sometimes seconds – of publication </li></ul><ul><li>RSS feeds for alerts and keeping up to date </li></ul><ul><li>Google left side menu </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>By date and time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Latest, Past 24 hours, Past week include large proportion of forums, news and press releases, blog postings </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Blog search tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Look for the blogroll or list of links on a known, trusted blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google blogsearch http://blogsearch.google.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogpulse http://www.blogpulse.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Icerocket http://www.icerocket.com/ (also Twitter and MySpace) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technorati http://www.technorati.com/ </li></ul></ul>15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
  63. 63. Blogs <ul><li>Many researchers and industry experts run blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Some have lengthy articles, analysis and serious discussion e.g. The Oil Drum ( http://www.theoldrum.com ), Energy Balance ( http://ergobalance.blogspot.com/ ) </li></ul>15/05/10 www.rba.co.uk
  64. 64. Searching Twitter and tweets <ul><li>To use Twitter’s Find People you need to be signed in to Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Alternatively search for people or organisations using Tweepz ( http://www.tweepz.com/ ) </li></ul><ul><li>Searching public tweets </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://search.twitter.com/ , http://www.twazzup.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Backtweets.com – enter the URL of a web site and see who has referred to it in a tweet </li></ul><ul><li>Phil Bradley's weblog: Twitter Search - 20 alternative search engines </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://philbradley.typepad.com/phil_bradleys_weblog/2009/03/twitter-search-20-alternative-search-engines.html </li></ul></ul>15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
  65. 65. Twitter search 15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
  66. 66. LinkedIn.com <ul><li>Check up on individuals, companies, groups </li></ul>15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
  67. 67. Design your own search engine <ul><li>For </li></ul><ul><ul><li>regularly searched sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>selected sites on a topic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>searching sites on a reading list </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Google Custom Search Engines </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.google.com/cse / </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>at least hundreds of sites, maybe thousands! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>can import lists of sites </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Need a Google account to set one up </li></ul><ul><li>Cannot search password protected sources or sites where you have to fill in a form to access the information </li></ul>15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
  68. 68. Create your own Google CSE 15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
  69. 69. Host it on Google <ul><li>Keep it private or make it public </li></ul><ul><li>URLs are horribly long but you can create a TinyURL, Bit.ly URL etc. to make it easier for your users </li></ul>15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
  70. 70. Disappearing pages <ul><li>Search engine cache copies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google, Yahoo, Bing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>UK Web Archive </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.webarchive.org.uk/ukwa/ </li></ul><ul><li>Wayback machine </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.archive.org/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>from 1996 to about 1 year ago </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>navigate the archived site or type in the full URL of the document if known </li></ul></ul>15/05/10 www.rba.co.uk
  71. 71. UK Web Archive of http://www.berr.gov.uk/energy/index.html 15/05/10 www.rba.co.uk
  72. 72. Wayback Machine 15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk
  73. 73. Further information & keeping up to date <ul><li>Information World Review (IWR) and IWR Blog </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.iwr.co.uk/ , http://blog.iwr.co.uk/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Phil Bradley’s Blog </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://philbradley.typepad.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>I want to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://philbradley.typepad.com/i_want_to/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 tools and applications: 1100+ Web2 apps listed, annotated </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.philb.com/iwantto.htm </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Karen Blakeman’s Blog </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.rba.co.uk/wordpress/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Annual Online Information Exhibition, London, usually at the beginning of December </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.online-information.co.uk/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extensive programme of free seminars, updates and master classes on the exhibition floor. </li></ul></ul>15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk

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