Realize the full potential of your research portal
“Northern Light has established relationships with all the reserch vendors and they have a track record. If I call up and want to add a new research vendor to my SinglePoint implementation, Northern Light is usually already there. But if they aren’t, they have an established process for making it happen. I really appreciate that.” — Global Marketing Manager and SinglePoint Client
Research portals are all about content. The goal should be to have everything relevant to your users available in a single place where the content can be searched, found, and consumed. Northern Light offers a selection of aggregated content collections so that you can search even better, smarter and faster.
SinglePoint clients can pick from these content collections to populate a research portal with extraordinary breadth and research-power!
Licensed Secondary Market and Technology Research
Northern Light currently aggregates and indexes the entire collections of over 100 IT analyst, market research, corporate research, think tanks, and technology research firms. These include industry leading research firms like Corporate Executive Board, Forrester, IDC, Reed Elsevier, Thomson, and many others. And based on client requests, Northern Light is adding new sources all the time.
Primary Internal Research
A typical SinglePoint portal includes primary internal research produced by our clients. Northern Light can securely host the documents in an encrypted format or the client can host the documents on internal Web servers and Northern Light will destroy its copies after indexing is complete each day.
Northern Light’s content automation system can extract and index text and metadata from virtually any file format including MS Office documents, PDFs, XML, HTML, etc. Northern Light can extract and index metadata for non-text based file formats used for graphics, logos, videos, and other media. OCR for image files of text-based documents is available.
Additionally, Northern Light can connect to Microsoft SharePoint installations, document repositories and content managment systems, and SQL database systems to extract documents for indexing, or research content can be uploaded directly by users to the portal through the onboard document submission system And any combination of these methods can be selected by the client. And often, Northern Light will do a single bulk upload of existing legacy content repositories during the portal implementation so the new SinglePoint portal is richly populated with internally produced strategic research on its first day of operaton.
Northern Light Business News
Northern Light mines the Web to create a comprehensive search of online business news, premium newswires, and industry authority blogs. Northern Light Business News contains 40,000 stories per business day from 70 newswires and 5,000 online news sources including Reuters, Knight Ridder, PR Newswire, Business Wire, M2, Xinhua, Kyoto, International Herald Tribune, Financial Times, Forbes, BusinessWeek, Fortune, The Economist, Gulf News, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and 75 stories per day from the Wall Street Journal. Particular interest is paid to industry trade sites such as CNET (IT/Telecom) or Medical News Today (Life Sciences). Over 2,000 industry news sites are included in the feed. Taken together, Northern Light Business News covers every important business news story around the globe.
Any other news, periodical, or journal collections (such as Thomson Pharma, Reed Elsevier Business Intelligence, Lexis-Nexis Publisher, or EBSCO) that a client licenses can be included as a SinglePoint portal like any other secondary licensed research.
Industry Authority Blogs
A very unique feature in Northern Light Business News is the search of 2,000 daily blog posts from 3,000 industry authority blogs. To be deemed an industry authority, a blogger must be an industry research analyst, a journalist for a recognized trade publication, or an industry executive, a sponsor company blog, or an industry pundit or guru. Industry Authority Bloggers are the influencers and trend setters that set the tone of voice in the public discourse about companies and their products.
IT White Papers
Northern Light harvests over 44,000 white papers from 800 leading information technology companies including HP, IBM, Oracle, Cisco, Microsoft, SAP, Red Hat, Dell, Symantec, EMC, Accenture, PWC, KPMG, Fiserv, Novell, Google, Adobe, CA, Intel, AMD, Nokia, RIM, Motorola and hundreds more. These white papers describe the platforms, product roadmaps, and technical strategies of these industy-driving companies.
Northern Light harvests posts and associated comments from the major social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google Blogs, and YouTube. Industry vertical social media platforms can be included as well.
Life Sciences Conference Proceedings Abstracts
Northern Light has aggregated and indexed thousands of abstracts, posters and proceedings from hundreds of Life Sciences conferences. Conference proceedings are the first place new life sciences research is presented, otften months before the research is published in journals.
Northern Light frequently harvests government databases for clients such as Medline, clinical trials, patents, or Federal purchasing opportunities.
Custom Web Crawls
Northern Light can crawl any part of the Web and include a searchable index of that material. For example, industry trade sites, agencies of the Federal Government, or competitors’ websites.