In late October, we added thumbnail images of the full page on which the article you are reading was printed, for a select group of newspapers.
Today we have added pageview images for the Toronto Star, and for Hamilton Spectator.
The purpose of these images is to provide visual context to the article you are reading. It is often helpful to understand where on a page an article was placed; the size of the headline and/or font used; the placement of images within the story; the proximity to other articles on the page; and the presence of any advertisements on that page.
The full page images are sized large enough for you to obtain the information listed above, but are not intended to be large enough to read the text of the articles.
There is no additional charge for accessing these images.
The list of papers with full page image content is:
The Globe & Mail
Regina Leader Post
Saskatoon Star Phoenix
Victoria Times Colonist
Images from additional papers will be added as we receive permission from publishers to do so.
We are pleased to announce that we have added the following six channels to our lineup of stations available for Television Monitoring. Effective immediately, transcripts and video clips are available from:
RDI (Le Réseau de l’information)
RC (Radio Canada) Edmonton
This brings the total number of TV channels available for monitoring on FPinfomart.ca to 82, in addition to the 30 radio stations also available in our Broadcast Monitoring module.
For more information on our Television Monitoring module, please see our help page.
When Infomart moved from the domain of text-based searching via telnet to the more user-friendly Web, organizing our list of about 60 sources was pretty easy.
Now that the FPinfomart source collection contains over 4,600 titles, presenting the list to our users for selection at search time is more cumbersome.
We are wrestling with the challenge of the optimal way to show you what sources are available for your search. Should they continue to be organized by geography? If so, do we group all the geographically proximate sources together regardless of medium (e.g. intermingling newspaper, TV, blog)? Or should medium supersede geography? What if we have, for example, a print version of a source AND its online counterpart (such as National Post and nationalpost.com)? Should they be somehow grouped together? If so, this breaks the model of grouping sources by medium.
Of course, whatever arrangement we come up with, we also want to avoid presenting a user with 5,000 checkboxes on a page! Asking you to go through such a list is overwhelming, inefficient, and an invitation to repetitive stress injury from endless scrolling.
How do YOU want to see titles presented at time of source selection (for searching, creating Profiles, and setting up source libraries)? Let’s hear your thoughts in the poll below, or discuss in the comments.
Our Intranet Toolkit functionality is now available to our transactional (Infomart Web) subscribers.
Subscribers to our Intranet Toolkit have the ability to redistribute content from their FPinfomart Saved Folders to their end users, using any of three methods:
HTML Hosted Pages
To utilize the Intranet RSS feed, you will need to have an intranet that is enabled to receive RSS feeds. If your intranet has this capability then you will need to subscribe to the relevant Folders you wish to receive and you will need to work with your intranet team to ensure that the content can be incorporated. Article view pages will be co-branded.
If you do not have an intranet, or it isn’t capable of incorporating RSS feeds, then our Hosted Page solution may be of use to you. We host a co-branded page representing each individual content set that you have subscribed to. You provide links to the page or pages to your indirect users so that they may access them over the web.
The Newsletter Publisher will allow you to send selected articles, by e-mail, to a list of colleagues within your organization, from within FPinfomart.ca. The Newsletter format will be similar to what you see in our Morning e-mail, or our summary Alerts. You may publish your newsletter at any time.
IP authentication is used to validate indirect users for both the Intranet and Hosted Page solutions. You may find our IP Address Information page useful in identifying the IP address of computers you’d like to request that we authenticate. Load this page on any computer which should be IP-authenticated to access your Intranet-shared FPinfomart content, and send a list of authorized IP addresses to our Customer Service group (email@example.com).
Beginning this month, we are excited to introduce a monthly survey which will ask you for your opinion on topics related to FPinfomart.ca.
We have always said that our best product ideas come from you, our users. Starting this month, we will be actively soliciting your opinion on features, functions, and various other aspects of FPinfomart. This is your opportunity to help shape the ongoing growth and development of FPinfomart.ca. Watch for a link to a new monthly poll in each issue of our Newsletter.
The poll topic for November is Media Analysis. Please click here to take the November survey. [update - the survey is closed] Responses are due by noon on November 13th. Once the survey closes, we will conduct a draw for a gift certificate to The Keg! (You may choose to answer anonymously if you don’t wish to enter the draw).
Your feedback is always appreciated, and we look forward to getting your opinion on a more regular basis!