Intelligent Information Gathering
Robin Good’s Mini Guide: Become a News G-d: How to be the first one to know everything about anything – Intelligent Information Agents Come of Age.
This 102 page guide, in pdf, is available for purchase via Robin Good’s Sharewood Tidings website. Arranged in 14 short chapters, it evaluates a wide range of free and fee-based services and sites that can be used to effectively undertake the challenges inherent in the task of daily news and information gathering on the web.
The authors provide an excellent primer on “how to gather information intelligently,” and the rationale for looking beyond your current complement of online services to the growing realm of web-based options from small companies or even individual enterprises.
The guide covers 14 different “change trackers,” 7 examples of “internet monitoring and clipping services,” and includes a brief overview of news aggregators, a good overview of search tools and toolbars, clipping services, and an eclectic list of free, alternative news resources.
I recommend this guide for busy researchers who will appreciate its well organized presentation of numerous resource options into one easy to read publication.