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Information Technology & Management: Websites

Recommended Free Websites

Application, Operating System, & Programming Language Developers

Adobe

Apple

Java

Linux

Microsoft

Oracle

 

Associations & Organizations

Association for Computing Machinery

Home page of one of the most important organizations for computing and information technology researchers and professionals.

 

Computing Technology Industry Association

CompTIA is the leading association representing the international technology community. Its goal is to provide a unified voice, global advocacy and leadership, and to advance industry growth through standards, professional competence, education and business solutions.

 

IEEE Computer Society

The world's oldest and largest organization for computing professionals. The Society is "dedicated to advancing the theory, practice, and application of computer and information processing technology" through conferences, journals, local and student chapters, technical committees, and standards working groups.

 

National Telecommunications & Information Administration

Created in 1978, the NTIA advises the President on telecommunications and information polices. NTIA also oversees the federal use of spectrum, conducts telecommunications research and engineering and administers grants.

 

World Wide Web Consortium

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops interoperable technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools) for the Web. W3C is a forum for information, commerce, communication, and collective understanding.

 

General

IIT's Information & Technology Management Department

IT and Security Forensics Laboratory

Real-Time Communications Lab at Rice Campus

 

News

Slashdot

User driven discussions about current and emerging technologies.

 

Wired

Daily technology news website.

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Google Web Search

"Can I Use this Website in my Research?"

Not all websites were created equal.  Some may be very helpful and appropriate for use in an academic setting, while others are unreliable and not suitable for research.  When determinining how or if you should use a specific website in your work, run it through the CRAP test.  Does the site pass the test? Or is it a bunch of...

  • Currency
    • How recent is the information?
    • How recently has the website been updated?
    • Is it current enough for your topic?
  • Reliability
    • What kind of information is included in the resource?
    • Is content of the resource primarily opinion?  Is is balanced?
    • Does the creator provide references or sources for data or quotations?
  • Authority
    • Who is the creator or author?
    • What are the credentials?
    • Who is the published or sponsor?
    • Are they reputable?
    • What is the publisher's interest (if any) in this information?
    • Are there advertisements on the website?
  • Purpose/Point of View
    • Is this fact or opinion?
    • Is it biased?
    • Is the creator/author trying to sell you something?

(originally from the LOEX 2008 wiki)

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