The Guides, Profiles and Notes on this site highlight
some of the more useful (or merely more entertaining)
sites and publications on areas of interest to our clients.
We hope that they will be of use to you.
They also serve as a point of reference - a way of getting
a second opinion - and getting a feel for how we operate.
We aspire to provide insightful, forward-looking analysis
rather than to parrot the latest 'ism' or fad from overseas.
You'll see that we praise expertise (and efforts by government
or business bodies grappling with particular challenges)
but rarely take the digital gurus at face value. You'll
also see an interest in different perspectives.
Much of the dot com or new media writing we've encountered
strikes us as out of kilter with reality. However it's
useful in making people think about business models, copyright,
privacy, notions of community and other issues.
The Guides and Profiles are not definitive. They are publicly
available pointers, rather than an academic exercise attempting
to provide comprehensive coverage of all reports, articles
They do not offer detailed analysis of particular issues
and developments: that research and practical advice is
available separately. Don't hesitate to contact us: depending
on your query we can provide advice over the phone, by
email or through a special report.
basis of selection
In developing this site our emphasis has been on accessibility.
We've pointed to documents - online and in print - that
are readily available but may not be widely known.
That means we highlight publicly-accessible sites. The
Guides and Profiles generally don't point to sites where
access involves a one-off or subscription payment.
It also means we point to books, particularly recent publications,
rather articles in journals that are only available in
academic libraries. And most citations are to material
written in English, although we conduct limited tracking
of publications in other languages.
References to books are to the editions we have used,
usually those in our corporate library. Many are currently
in print, although you will sometimes need a special order
if acquiring your own copy.
References to sites were correct at the time of publication
of the individual guide. 'Link rot' is an unfortunate
fact of life online: documents are removed from the web,
sites are restructured (or disappear), URLs change.
If you're having trouble tracking down a particular document
please let us know: we will often be able to point you
in the right direction.
We encourage feedback: your thoughts on the text, suggestions
about documents that we may have overlooked, brickbats,
even the odd bouquet.
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