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Information for Energy Group, Energy Institute, New Cavendish Street, LondonThursday 13 May 2010 Advanced Internet Searching for Energy Information & Market Research : 

Information for Energy Group, Energy Institute, New Cavendish Street, LondonThursday 13 May 2010 Advanced Internet Searching for Energy Information & Market Research karen.blakeman@rba.co.uk , 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/

Search is changing : 

Search is changing How people look for and find information is changing Social media and networks are now an essential part of the search mix Facebook for market research and customer feedback e.g. the marmite bar http://www.facebook.com/MarmiteBars Business students assignment on advertising history of Cadbury’s Crème Egg and Dairy Milk – Youtube! Twitter and blogs used as an essential part of reputation monitoring What’s happening at conferences - Twitter, Slideshare, Flickr, videos, podcasts Search engines now including social media and professional networks in search results

Search on a person : 

Search on a person Blogger profile Twitter profile Facebook profile LinkedIn profile 15 May 2010 3 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk

Search on a topic – first page results : 

Search on a topic – first page results 15/05/2010 www.rba.co.uk 4 Results from Google News Latest results - rolling feed from Twitter, blogs, discussions

Search on a topic – first page results : 

Search on a topic – first page results 15/05/2010 www.rba.co.uk 5 Images Wikipedia article Blog posting listing videos YouTube video Results from my “social circle”: Twitter, RSS feeds, FriendFeed, Google Wave contacts etc.

Social media : 

Social media It is where many companies and organisations market themselves, provide customer support and distribute information It is where an increasing proportion of the population grow up & they don’t differentiate between the different means of communication It is where an increasing number of people feel comfortable and share information It’s impossible to ‘gag’ social networks BBC NEWS | Politics | When is a secret not a secret? http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8304908.stm For serious research, social media and professional networks are not optional extras - they are an essential part of your research strategy 15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 6

Types of search tools : 

Types of search tools Humans is a colleague or a friend already working in, or knowledgeable about the subject area? who have you met at meetings, conferences? discussion lists, bloggers, LinkedIn, Facebook, trade/professional associations, Twitter etc. (social “stuff”!) Search engines Google, Yahoo, Bing, So called “deep web” and specialist tools, evaluated listings, subject listings, customised search engines Databases and peer reviewed sources Multi search engine tools, federated search search lots of search tools or databases at once or type in your search once and click on each search tool in turn 15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 7

How up to date are search tools? : 

How up to date are search tools? Google, Yahoo, Bing etc. you are searching an out of date index of the web and not the web itself may take days to months for a site to be added to the index hierarchy of sites for updating Real time, social media search tools Twitter, blogs, discussion boards, RSS feeds what is happening NOW 15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 8

What are you looking for? : 

What are you looking for? Authoritative facts? Official or corporate announcements/press releases? News articles? Views and opinions on a topic? from experts from consumers from people who don’t know what they’re talking about! Spur of the moment rants about failed services or products? Rumour, speculation, gossip? Or do you want to gather new data? e.g. set up surveys on Facebook, Survey Monkey, Twtpoll.com 15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 9

Before we start - is your Google web history on? : 

Switched on by default Google adjusts your search results according to what you have clicked on in the past See Karen Blakeman's Blog - Your Google results are about to get weirder http://www.rba.co.uk/wordpress/2009/12/17/your-google-results-are-about-to-get-weirder/ Before we start - is your Google web history on? 15 May 2010 10 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk

A search engine’s results may vary : 

A search engine’s results may vary In content and presentation from one minute to the next different server being used testing out different search and ranking algorithms Country versions different emphasis local content different interface different search features use if researching a person, company, subject located or based in another country 15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 11

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General search techniques : 

General search techniques By default, the main search tools look for all of your terms in a page Use double quote marks around phrases or names To exclude pages containing a term, precede the term with a minus sign (-) but use with care Focus your search in areas of the page - use advanced search screens or commands - inurl: for example UK inurl:carbonemissions looks for your terms/phrase in the URL - intitle: or allintitle: for example UK intitle:"carbon emissions" looks for your terms/phrase in the title of the page 15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 13

General search techniques : 

General search techniques Search sites or domains using the advanced search screen or site: command wind turbine energy generation site:statistics.gov.uk wind turbine energy generation site:gov.uk Imagine what you would like to appear in your ideal document and include those terms in your strategy - renewable energy generation UK wind solar wave hydro Repeat your key search terms in your search strategy tar sands EROEI tar sands EROEI EROEI EROEI different results Change the order of your terms biodiesel fuel UK buses efficiency biodiesel fuel efficiency UK buses different results 15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 14

File format search : 

File format search Use advanced search options to limit your search to file types or format: pdf or doc for government or industry/market reports xls for data and statistics ppt or pdf for presentations, experts on a topic Use Google and Yahoo Advanced Search Bing.com sometimes picks up unique content use command filetype: in your search strategy e.g. filetype:ppt car ownership UK 15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 15

Docjax : 

Docjax http://www.docjax.com/ searches pdf, xls, doc, ppt in Yahoo and Google 15/05/2010 www.rba.co.uk 16

Presentations : 

Presentations For : find experts on a topic what are companies doing introduction to a topic or a general overview data and market statistics company structures, who’s who Presentation search: Slideshare http://www.slideshare.net/ Authorstream http://www.authorstream.com/ Slideboom http://www.slideboom.com/ Slidefinder http://www.slidefinder.net/ 15/05/2010 www.rba.co.uk 17

Slideshare.net : 

Slideshare.net 15/05/2010 www.rba.co.uk 18 Search: biofuels UK public transport

Slidefinder : 

Slidefinder http://www.slidefinder.net/ Identifies individual slides within a presentation 15/05/2010 www.rba.co.uk 19

Slidefinder : 

Slidefinder Can limit search to universities Also Advanced Search to search areas of slides 15/05/2010 www.rba.co.uk 20

Google : 

Google Additional search features previously hidden under “Show options” now in left hand side menu Most are self explanatory A few that aren’t.... Updates = Twitter 15/05/2010 www.rba.co.uk 21

Google : 

Google Wonderwheel 15/05/2010 www.rba.co.uk 22

Google : 

Google Timeline but Google can get it wrong 15/05/2010 www.rba.co.uk 23 ?

Unique Google search features : 

Unique Google search features Similar or related pages looks for pages that are similar in type and content click on the Similar link next to the page in your results list or use the related: command e.g. related:www.bwea.com 15/05/2010 www.rba.co.uk 24

Unique Google search features : 

Unique Google search features Automatically looks for variations on your terms to stop it, precede your terms with plus signs e.g. +Norne oil field to stop Google looking for ‘Horne’ or use double quote marks around the term or phrase “Norne” (hat tip to Even Flood for this example) Numeric range search can be weights, distances, years, prices, measurements of any sort use Advanced Search screen or the search box on the Google home page search term(s) first value..second value unit of measurement toblerone 1..6 kg world oil production forecasts 2010..2015 15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 25

Unique Google search features : 

Unique Google search features Proximity use the asterisk (*) to stand in for one or more terms useful when searching for people separates the terms by one or more words Karen * Blakeman picks up: Karen Blakeman Karen Mary Blakeman Karen Sands Blakeman Karen Marie Blakeman solar * panels picks up: solar heating panels solar electricity panels solar thermal panel solar voltaic panels solar concentrator panels 15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 26

Google Finance : 

Google Finance http://www.google.co.uk/finance 15/05/2010 www.rba.co.uk 27

Yahoo! : 

Yahoo! http://www.yahoo.co.uk/ very busy interface! http://search.yahoo.co.uk/ simpler, Google like interface 15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 28

Yahoo! : 

Yahoo! http://search.yahoo.co.uk/ Advanced Search hidden under “More” Similar options to Google Advanced Search 15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 29

Yahoo! : 

Yahoo! http://www.yahoo.co.uk/ http://search.yahoo.co.uk/ http://search.yahoo.com/ Deal with Bing Some country versions already using Bing web search, rest will follow during the year Now includes options in the left side menu for limiting your seearch 15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 30

Yahoo Finance : 

Yahoo Finance http://uk.finance.yahoo.com/ 15/05/2010 www.rba.co.uk 31

Bing : 

Bing http://www.bing.com/ (was live.com) “decision engine” Results tend to be more consumer oriented Seems to have the most up to date database and possibly the most extensive database of web pages Results vary considerably depending on the country version Supposedly incorporating real time, social media results into main search Advanced Search screen ‘minimalist” but can use commands (see Search Engine Summary and Comparison Chart http://www.rba.co.uk/search/compare.pdf) 15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 32

Compare search engines : 

Compare search engines TripleMe http://www.tripleme.com/ compares Google, Yahoo and Bing side by side Blindsearch http://blindsearch.fejus.com/ compare Google, Yahoo and Bing results for web or images vote on which are the best without seeing the branding Zuula http://www.zuula.com/ runs your search through a range of search tools one by one order can be customised Browsys Finder (was Intelways/Crossengine) http://www.browsys.com/finder runs your search through a plethora of search tools one by one 15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 33

iSEEK : 

iSEEK http://www.iseek.com/ Clusters results into topics, people, places, organisations, date & time “Education” option – more research oriented pages 15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 34

Biznar : 

Biznar http://www.biznar.com/ Real time federated search of selected business resources, some of them “hidden web” or “deep web” Click on Advanced Search to see a list of the sources 15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 35

Intute : 

Intute http://www.intute.ac.uk Funding to be discontinued but has been given a stay of execution Excellent starting point for quality resources in all subject areas and industries 15/05/2010 www.rba.co.uk 36

TechXtra : 

TechXtra http://www.techxtra.ac.uk ICBL and the Library at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Engineering, mathematics and computing Free information and pay per view 15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 37

Google Scholar : 

15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 38 Google Scholar http://scholar.google.com/ No source list Not comprehensive and omits many key scientific publications Both peer-reviewed and un-reviewed articles, pre-prints, institutional repositories, references to books, citations Does not use publishers’ meta data Author search unreliable Search on year of publication unreliable “Google Scholar is brain damaged”Peter Jasco, Trends in Professional and Academic Online Information Services, presented at Inforum, 22nd May 2007, Prague Use with caution and be aware that there are huge gaps in coverage

Alacrawiki spotlights : 

Alacrawiki spotlights http://www.alacrawiki.com/ Key resources for major industry sectors Most pages have not been updated for 2-3 years  BUT much of the information still valid 15/05/2010 www.rba.co.uk 39

Alacrasearch : 

Alacrasearch http://www.alacra.com/alacrasearch/ Google custom search engine 15/05/2010 www.rba.co.uk 40

LGSearch : 

LGSearch http://lgsearch.net/ Another Google custom search engine Searches UK public sector web sites 15/05/2010 www.rba.co.uk 41

Directionlessgov.com : 

Directionlessgov.com 15/05/2010 www.rba.co.uk 42

http://www.search4oil.com/ : 

http://www.search4oil.com/ New! Information on the oil and gas sectors 15/05/2010 www.rba.co.uk 43

http://www.search4oil.com/ : 

http://www.search4oil.com/ People, Feature 15/05/2010 www.rba.co.uk 44

Statistics : 

Statistics Some general starting points OFFSTATS - The University of Auckland Library http://www.offstats.auckland.ac.nz/ by country or subject or both excellent list of energy web site stats including the BP Statistical Review of World Energy (2009) RBA Energy Information Sources http://www.rba.co.uk/sources/energy.shtml (under revision!) Google Public data explorer http://www.google.com/publicdata/ 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/ Guardian datastore and datablog http://www.guardian.co.uk/data-store and World Government Data http://www.guardian.co.uk/world-government-data the latter is a better way of searching http://data.gov.uk/ 15/05/2010 www.rba.co.uk 45

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Guardian World Government Data data.gov.uk 15/05/2010 www.rba.co.uk 46

Office of National Statistics : 

Office of National Statistics http://www.statistics.gov.uk/ Official UK statistics Search on energy Often quicker and easier to use Google site search 15/05/2010 www.rba.co.uk 47

Department of Energy and Climate Changehttp://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/statistics/statistics.aspx : 

Department of Energy and Climate Changehttp://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/statistics/statistics.aspx 15/05/2010 www.rba.co.uk 48

RESTATS : 

RESTATS Renewable Energy STATisticS database for the United Kingdom http://www.restats.org.uk/ 15/05/2010 www.rba.co.uk 49

Energy Export Databrowserhttp://mazamascience.com/OilExport/ : 

Energy Export Databrowserhttp://mazamascience.com/OilExport/ 15/05/2010 www.rba.co.uk 50

Free industry and market research : 

Free industry and market research Individual publishers tables of contents, executive summaries, free sample chapters Government bodies US http://www.export.gov/, http://www.bisnis.doc.gov/ regulatory bodies e.g. in the UK - Competition Commission, Ofcom Management consultants Academic sector Trade, industry, manufacturing associations Trade and industry press 15/05/2010 51 www.rba.co.uk

Priced industry and market research : 

Priced industry and market research Aggregators may not be comprehensive many publishers embargo reports for weeks or months many publishers withhold reports from aggregators check the publisher’s own web site or email them to see if there is additional or more recent research available may get a better deal by going to the publisher direct use aggregators as an index to see who is publishing on your topic, for example http://www.marketresearch.com/ http://www.mindbranch.com/ http://www.researchandmarkets.com/ http://www.alacrastore.com/ http://www.reportbuyer.com/ (go to Energy and Utilities) For emerging markets http://www.securities.com/ 15/05/2010 www.rba.co.uk 52

Priced industry and market research : 

Priced industry and market research Many sites specialising in energy reports just search on energy market research reports Energy market research, analysis, databases, forecasts and energy market consulting http://www.absenergyresearch.com/ Energy Market research http://www.energy-market-research.info/ GBI Research http://www.gbiresearch.com/ (Go to the Oil and Gas section) 15/05/2010 www.rba.co.uk 53

News : 

News Newspapers, journals, trade press Blogs Twitter Video Podcasts Set up alerts and RSS feeds Google News http://news.google.co.uk/ good regional, national, international and trade press coverage free sources only so misses some important publications useful way of identifying industry publications 15/05/2010 www.rba.co.uk 54

Chipwrapperhttp://www.chipwrapper.co.uk : 

Chipwrapperhttp://www.chipwrapper.co.uk Google Custom Search engine Searches everything available on 15 free UK News Sites “Time slices” for last 24 hours, past week, past month, past year 15/05/2010 www.rba.co.uk 55

Silobreakerhttp://www.silobreaker.com/ : 

Silobreakerhttp://www.silobreaker.com/ covers free resources news, blogs, video, tweets geographical location of stories people networks use as a starting point for in depth research has an energy section 15/05/2010 www.rba.co.uk 56

RSS for ... : 

RSS for ... Current awareness and alerts newspapers, blogs, twitter customised alerts on topics or as part of reputation monitoring/management Read feeds in an online feed reader e.g. Google Reader desktop client e.g. FeedReader, RSS Bandit, Omea Outlook (2007 and later) Start pages e.g. Netvibes, My Yahoo, iGoogle, 15/05/2010 www.rba.co.uk 57

RSS feeds (in Omea) : 

RSS feeds (in Omea) 15/05/2010 www.rba.co.uk 58

Netvibes.com : 

Netvibes.com 15/05/2010 www.rba.co.uk 59

Netvibes.com : 

Netvibes.com New dashboard feature type in your keywords and Netvibes automatically searches across news, social media, videos etc. looks in places you might not think of 15/05/2010 www.rba.co.uk 60

Video & Audio : 

Video & Audio Search engines’ video/audio tabs YouTube, Vimeo.com, iTunes U Blinkx - http://www.blinkx.com/ Truveo – http://www.truveo.com/ country versions available Zuula - http://www.zuula.com/ click on the video tab Browsys Finder (formerly Intelways/Crossengine) http://www.browsys.com/finder/ click on the video tab Podcasts associated with news stories on e.g. BBC, The Guardian, New Scientist, Nature etc. Odeo - http://www.odeo.com/ 15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 61

Blogs and blog search tools : 

Blogs and blog search tools Blogs are a very easy and quick means of publishing New postings are picked up within minutes - sometimes seconds – of publication RSS feeds for alerts and keeping up to date Google left side menu Blogs By date and time Latest, Past 24 hours, Past week include large proportion of forums, news and press releases, blog postings Blog search tools Look for the blogroll or list of links on a known, trusted blog Google blogsearch http://blogsearch.google.com/ Blogpulse http://www.blogpulse.com/ Icerocket http://www.icerocket.com/ (also Twitter and MySpace) Technorati http://www.technorati.com/ 15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 62

Blogs : 

Blogs Many researchers and industry experts run blogs Some have lengthy articles, analysis and serious discussion e.g. The Oil Drum (http://www.theoldrum.com), Energy Balance (http://ergobalance.blogspot.com/) 15/05/2010 www.rba.co.uk 63

Searching Twitter and tweets : 

Searching Twitter and tweets To use Twitter’s Find People you need to be signed in to Twitter Alternatively search for people or organisations using Tweepz (http://www.tweepz.com/) Searching public tweets http://search.twitter.com/, http://www.twazzup.com/ Backtweets.com – enter the URL of a web site and see who has referred to it in a tweet Phil Bradley's weblog: Twitter Search - 20 alternative search engines http://philbradley.typepad.com/phil_bradleys_weblog/2009/03/twitter-search-20-alternative-search-engines.html 15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 64

Twitter search : 

Twitter search 15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 65

LinkedIn.com : 

LinkedIn.com Check up on individuals, companies, groups 15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 66

Design your own search engine : 

Design your own search engine For regularly searched sites selected sites on a topic searching sites on a reading list Google Custom Search Engines http://www.google.com/cse/ at least hundreds of sites, maybe thousands! can import lists of sites Need a Google account to set one up Cannot search password protected sources or sites where you have to fill in a form to access the information 15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 67

Create your own Google CSE : 

Create your own Google CSE 15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 68

Host it on Google : 

Host it on Google Keep it private or make it public URLs are horribly long but you can create a TinyURL, Bit.ly URL etc. to make it easier for your users 15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 69

Disappearing pages : 

Disappearing pages Search engine cache copies Google, Yahoo, Bing UK Web Archive http://www.webarchive.org.uk/ukwa/ Wayback machine http://www.archive.org/ from 1996 to about 1 year ago navigate the archived site or type in the full URL of the document if known 15/05/2010 www.rba.co.uk 70

UK Web Archive of http://www.berr.gov.uk/energy/index.html : 

UK Web Archive of http://www.berr.gov.uk/energy/index.html 15/05/2010 www.rba.co.uk 71

Wayback Machine : 

Wayback Machine 15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 72

Further information & keeping up to date : 

Further information & keeping up to date Information World Review (IWR) and IWR Blog http://www.iwr.co.uk/, http://blog.iwr.co.uk/ Phil Bradley’s Blog http://philbradley.typepad.com/ I want to http://philbradley.typepad.com/i_want_to/ Web 2.0 tools and applications: 1100+ Web2 apps listed, annotated http://www.philb.com/iwantto.htm Karen Blakeman’s Blog http://www.rba.co.uk/wordpress/ Annual Online Information Exhibition, London, usually at the beginning of December http://www.online-information.co.uk/ Extensive programme of free seminars, updates and master classes on the exhibition floor. 15 May 2010 Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk 73

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