Archive for January 2012

Using social media to find business information

In social media for company research, (BIR 28, 3) Scott Brown described how three key social media tools (LinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube) can be used to locate key business information.

Scott is also a blogger for the SLA and in his latest blog post he presents a case study on searching for information about Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (Philips) using 'non-traditional sources such as LinkedIn and Facebook.

Amanda Rootsey, Eco Container, Australia,

Amanda Rootsey is Australia’s first Eco-Mode
When we tell people that we live in a recycled shipping container they kind of screw their noses up at us, but the one we bought is actually finished very beautifully. As you can see in the pictures it has polished floors, a balcony, big sliding doors, a window and it is completely fitted out with 12V power.

Alterra, Beach Holiday, Shipping Container home, Argentina

Alterra, Beach Holiday Shipping Container home, Argentina.

A beautifully designed compact yet spacious light clean and airy example of what you can do with 2 x 20 feet shipping containers

Self Contained Topanga, California,

Self Contained Topanga, California,

Having purchased a 3.5-acre plot of land in Topanga, California, with a very rustic, 750-square-foot cabin on it several years ago, architect Christof Jantzen found himself in need of a fairly quick, low-cost house expansion for his family (wife Lauryn and three young sons). Jantzen, principal of the Venice, California, office of the firm Behnisch Architekten, soon came upon the idea that more space could be achieved by redesigning a series of recycled and modified shipping containers, which would drastically reduce the typical time-consuming process of a traditional remodel. 

Hawaii Single Container Housing

Hawaii Single Container Housing
This is a combination office and apartment featuring office space, kitchen, bath and bedroom.  The addition 
of T-111 siding and a flat roof improves the durability of the unit and enhances its appearance.
From Container Storage Co, Honolulu Hawaii

Competitive Intelligence

For all of you who were interested in the recent articles BIR has run on Competitive Advantage and Competitive Intelligence I thought it might be helpful for you to be aware of a major International Conference on Competitive Intelligence which is coming up in March 2012. Being run by the Institute for Competitive Intelligence (ICI) it is the second time the conference is being held in English - the first time being in 2011. I attended the conference last year and there were some really thought provoking sessions across the two event packed days. Also plenty of time for networking. Held in the beautiful spa town of Bad Nauheim (just outside Frankfurt, Germany) the event promises to be good for both seasoned practitioners, academics and those new to the discipline. Full details on the conference website ( including an upbeat video of the highlights of the 2011 conference.

STM publishing experiences growth

Simba Information has published its latest report on the state of Scientific, Technical and Medical (STM) publishing.

Global STM Publishing 2010-2011 includes

  • Analysis of market size and structure
  • Revenue and market share rankings of leading publishers
  • Detailed profiles of 20 leading STM publishers worldwide
  • Projections for market growth

Key trends identified in the report include:

  • The demand for full-text resources
  • The transition of e-publishing
  • Library cost pressures
  • The use of social networking in STM fields
  • The outlook for pharmaceutical advertising
  • Impact of new information technology initiatives in health care

Port Hole Bar, Lyttelton New Zealand, Shipping Container Bar

Port Hole Bar, Lyttelton New Zealand, Shipping Container Bar
More creative ideas coming out of the Christchurch earthquake disaster, with a very cool bar made out of a 20ft shipping container.
called the Port Hole Bar, with little porthole windows set in the side of the container which is located in the town of Lyttelton.
Link for Popupcity