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Trusting Factiva

Marydee Ojala @ 11:01 am

Over at Information Advisor, as noted in Bob Berkman’s blog entry, he reports on the results of a survey he took to find out what vendors information professionals trusted the most and the least. Of the 100 respondents to his survey, 32% put Factiva first. 28% said they trusted LexisNexis the most and 18% voted for Dialog as most trustworthy. At the bottom was D&B with only 12% claiming they trusted its content.

Hmm, so the three that rate the highest are aggregators, while the one that rates lowest is a content provider, which interestingly enough, provides its content to the aggregators. Is D&B more trustworthy if I search it on LexisNexis and Dialog than if I search it by itself?


  1. I just read that you can get free access to Wall Street Journal and other subscription content sites with a thing called a Netpass from: http://news.congoo.com

    This is being written about alot. Here’s a recent article I found: http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=31&aid=118004

    I thought this was a good tip!

    Comment by Blogger for peace — February 8, 2007 @ 1:54 pm

  2. The point is well made, Marydee. Searching D&B content is different via the aggregators than searching ‘native’ D&B via the web or using a direct feed. The underlying data does not change, just the breadth and depth available. Company fundamental data tends to get criticised more than news or trade press source material – perhaps because it is easier to spot the errors.

    Comment by Pamela — February 21, 2007 @ 11:58 am

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