In this section we have gathered some of the most popular information sources, such as trade journals, magazines, blogs, and association websites. Industry information is always changing. For the latest news, current issues and popular opinions, try following one or more of these sources. In addition, interacting with the websites that provide this information through commenting and asking questions may also provide you with more information.
Trade associations often publish free industry newsletters that are excellent sources of information for your business plan. Such newsletters often have articles that cover in-depth topics on business management, manufacturing practices, how-tos, and current industry news.
The American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) | ASIS&T is a society for information professionals leading the search for new and better theories, techniques, and technologies to improve access to information. Also check out the ASIS&T Pacific Northwest Chapter.
The Information Architecture Institute | The Information Architecture Institute supports individuals and organizations specializing in the design of shared information environments. It has over 2000 members from 60 countries.
International Webmasters Association (IWA) | The IWA is a non-profit professional association, and is a recognized leader in providing educational and certification standards for Web professionals. Check out the Industry Standards page.
Internet Society (ISOC) | The ISOC is a nonprofit organization founded in 1992 to provide leadership in Internet related standards, education, and policy.
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) | W3C is an international community where member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop web standards.
VIATEC (Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council) | VIATEC is an association that serves the Greater Victoria technology community.
Magazines & Trade Journals
Trade journals (often called magazines or trade publications) can be very useful in helping you find current articles relating to business research. Contact your local research library to determine which trade journal subscriptions they have. There are also free trade publications that you can access online.
.net Magazine | .net is the world’s best-selling magazine for web designers and developers, featuring tutorials from leading agencies, interviews with the web’s biggest names, and features on the hottest issues affecting the internet today.
Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIST) | JASIST is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal that aims to build intellectual leadership through discussion, research, and development within subjects of information science and technology. UBC affiliates and in-person library patrons can learn more about accessing this resource at the UBC Library.
Design Edge Canada | Design Edge is a Canadian magazine with high circulation serving the graphic arts industry. Published 6 times per year.
Journal of Information Architecture | Published irregularly, the Journal of Information Architecture is an international peer-reviewed scholarly journal. Its aim is to facilitate the development of the scientific body of knowledge in the field of information architecture.
Smashing Magazine | This popular site features posts on all aspects of graphics, coding, and design, and includes resources on UX/UI Design, WordPress, Coding, and Photoshop.
Treehouse | A community for web designers and developers that includes articles and video tutorials on topics such as: HTML, CSS, Ruby on Rails, and jQuery.
Webdesigner Depot | This blog is a joint effort and collaboration between leading designers from around the world.
Graphic Design Forum - Web Design | GDF is one of the largest graphic design forums with over 20,000 members.
Sitepoint Forum | A community of about 250,000 members discussing topics such as coding, marketing, accessibility, etc.
MarketWatch - Industry Analyzer
The Industries section contains current data on Dow Jones Industry Sectors. Aggregate data as well as company-specific data is available.
Vault Industry Profiles
A free source of industry information. Use the Industry Profiles to research news, company information, and industry-specific sample professions. Basic monthly membership is free and offers access to blogs, discussion forums, and job listings.
As with all sources, news articles and blogs should be carefully evaluated. For information on how to evaluate your information, watch video tutorial Module Five: Using Information Responsibly.