Using BMC to get a grounding in accounting and finance

Last week

This week

  • We have upcoming student workshops in WRDS and Bloomberg, so I need Person A to work on both platforms simultaneously.
  • We have a Bloomberg workshop which I will delivery to Person A, however, we can use the Bloomberg Market Concepts certification course to…

First session of a new run to train up colleagues who are somewhat new to business databases. This series will be delivered every two weeks, some online and some face-to-face. I have prepared an induction plan for one colleague (person A) and will allow more familiar colleagues to join as…

What a little bird told me about making higher education more inclusive

Illustration of McCown’s Longspur, a small brown and grey bird
The common English name of 𝘙𝘩𝘺𝘯𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘱𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘦𝘴 𝘮𝘤𝘤𝘰𝘸𝘯𝘪𝘪 is controversial and has sparked a change of policy for the American Ornithological Society. What can we learn from this in relation to higher education and open knowledge? (Illustration: Andrew Tilsley, used with permission)


In this post, I will discuss several proposed demands and requirements on collections, catalogues and curriculums across higher education, from the perspective of an individual practitioner and at a systemic or institutional level. There is evidence of instances in many disciplines where cultural views, experiences, traditions (and current activities) have…

Eikon ESG search, booking system, try out the new CRSP/Compustat guide

Review homework

  • Team were tasked to write a new guide on searching for ESG data on companies in Eikon.
  • Draft post is coming on well, they added an intro/overview section too.
  • Still needs to add FTSE 250 filter example, polish, and peer review.
  • We have some other tweaks/additions required for the published…

Run through our published Eikon guides

Before the session

  • All knew what Eikon was, roughly what it covered.
  • All had seen it being demonstrated.
  • All were given an Eikon ID to use during the session.

During the session

We used Microsoft Teams for the four of us, with me sharing my screen, for one hour.

I took our team through the Eikon…

Alternative assessment: creation of an OER about marking up transcribed texts; summary of a potential blog post

Alternative assessment proposal

Barriers to knowledge include “information privilege”, that is, when knowledge is captured but does not become readily accessible. A bigger barrier is when knowledge is not even captured in a meaning way.

In my local, professional…

BLA New Business Librarians Training Day

Supporting materials


  • Group: Up to 20
  • Length: 40 minutes
  • Room: any computer lab
  • Discipline: new business librarians
  • Level: any

Learning outcomes

After engaging with this support, you will be able to:

  • Be able to select an appropriate database for use in your studies and dissertation
  • Be able to search databases effectively to obtain data/information to support the analysis of companies, markets and…

Reviewing a variety of recent student enquiries

Last session’s challenge

Last session we looked at custom headers to combine time series and static request datatypes. I set a challenge to find which sector has the most employees in Colombia in 2017.

The learners used the following steps to answer the question:

  • Create a time series request.
  • Use the series ‘WSCOPECB

ASSET4 for ESG data; Custom headers for combining static and time series requests

Last session’s challenge

Last session we looked at panel data and request tables. I set a challenge:

Download the ‘Environmental Score’ for the largest emerging markets BRICS countries.

The learners attempted this in various ways:

  • Perform standard time series requests for constituents of the five countries (BRICS).
  • Got a list of companies for…

This schedule is being used for library staff who have participated in our Introduction to Datastream workshop and want to become more confidence with Datastream before delivering the workshop themselves. It will also help them to answer the more straightforward Datastream enquiries.

Sessions so far

Phil Reed

Librarian Data Specialist, The University of Manchester. Supporting teaching, learning and research with financial databases, digital skills and scholarship.

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