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 AEA - American Electronics Association - AEA is a trade association for the technology industry with 3,000 member firms, including businesses in the following segments: software, semiconductors/components, computers, telecommunications, business-related services, instrumentation, manufacturing/factory, medical equipment and aerospace/defense.
 Alliance of Windows NT/2000 Professionals - Windows NT Magazine and SQL Server Magazine have formed the Alliance of Windows NT/2000 Professionals to closely assist the Windows NT/2000 and BackOffice professionals to excel in the performance of their technical job functions.
American Association for Artificial Intelligence - AAAI is a nonprofit scientific society devoted to advancing the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines. Aims to increase public understanding of artificial intelligence, improve the teaching and training of AI practitioners, and provide guidance for research planners and funders.
American Electronics Association - AEA is the premier trade group of the high tech industry, shaping public policy, offering access to capital, training, insurance, global market.
 ANSI - American National Standards Institute - ANSI serves as administrator and coordinator of the U.S. private sector voluntary standardization system. It is a private, nonprofit organization with nearly 1,400 company, organization, government agency, institutional and international members. ANSI-accredited developers are committed to supporting the development of national and, in many cases international standards, addressing the critical trends of technological innovation, marketplace globalization and regulatory reform.
American Society for Engineering Education - A non-profit member association founded in 1893, dedicated to promoting and improving engineering and technology education.
American Society for Quality - A society of individual and organizational members dedicated to the ongoing, development, advancement, and promotion of quality concepts, principles, and techniques. 
 American Society for Training and Development - ASTD is a professional association dedicated to providing leadership to individuals, organizations, and society to achieve work-related competence, performance, and fulfillment. Membership includes more than 65,000 individuals in more than 100 countries. They provide information, research, analysis and practical information, conferences, publications, coalitions, partnerships and policy work.
Association of Computer Support Specialists - The purpose of The Association of Computer Support Specialists is to help achieve recognition for the field of computer support as a profession in its own right. They seek to help computer support professionals grow by improving their technical knowledge, and by finding new job or consulting opportunities.
 Association for Computing Machinery - ACM is an educational and scientific computing society for computing professionals and students working in the various fields of information technology. They serve more than 80,000 computing professionals in more than 100 countries in all areas of industry, academia, and government. Members have many benefits, including digital library, SIGs, conferences, professional liability insurance, career services, electronic forwarding accounts, and product discounts.
 Association for Information and Image Management International - AIIMI sets standards for document imaging and interoperability and have an accreditation program. They have over 9000 individual and 600 corporate members in 150 countries, with more than 50 chapters and affiliates worldwide. Membership is composed of document management end users, manufacturers, integrators, resellers and consultants.
 Association for Information Systems - AIS is a professional organization whose purpose is to serve academicians specializing in Information Systems. They create and maintain a professional identity for IS educators, researchers, and professionals; create a vision for the future of the IS field and profession; provide a focal point for contact and relations with bodies in government, the private sector, and education.

Association of Information Technology Professionals - AITP provides superior leadership and education in Information Technology. Dedicated to using the synergy of I.T. partnerships to provide education and benefits to their members and to working with the industry to assist in the overall promotion and direction of Information Technology.
Association of Internet Professionals - AIP exists to unify, support and represent the global community of Internet professionals. The organization also serves as a forum for the ideas, people and issues shaping the future of the Internet industry. It represents more than 9,500 individual Internet Professionals and over 150 leading Internet industry companies and educational institutions.
Association for Multimedia Communications - Chicagoland's best free source for website design and interactivity development. Members are involved with or interested in interactive multimedia and the Internet as communications tools.
 The Association of Personal Computer User Groups - APCUG is an organization dedicated to fostering communications among and between personal computer user groups and assisting groups in the fulfillment of their educational missions and activities. As such, it operates as an information network between existing user group organizations and is structured as a non-profit, educational corporation.
Association of Shareware Professionals - The ASP encourages broader distribution of shareware; assists members in marketing their software; provides a forum through which members may communicate, share ideas, and learn from each other; and fosters a high degree of professionalism among shareware authors by setting programming, marketing and support standards for members to follow.
Association for Women in Computing - AWC is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the advancement of women in computing professions. Founded in 1978. New members are welcome.
 The ATM Forum - The ATM Forum is an international non-profit organization with the objective of accelerating the use of ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode) products and services through a rapid convergence of interoperability specifications. It consists of a worldwide Technical Committee, three Marketing Committees for North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. The Enterprise Network Roundtable, through which ATM member companies participate.
 Business Researchers Interests - BRINT is a collection of contemporary business, management and technology issues, sites and reports. At no cost to visitors they offer in depth research, management, internet and MIS infomation. Topics include Business & Technology, Journals & Magazines, News.Wire, Reengineering (BPR), Intranets, Virtual Organizations, E-Commerce, Web Strategy, MIS Profession & Career, and MIS Research.
 Business Software Alliance - BSA promotes the continued growth of the software industry through its international public policy, enforcement, and education programs in 65 countries throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Its mission is to advance world trade for legitimate business software by advocating strong intellectual property protection for software. Members include the leading publishers of software for personal computers and other leading computer technology companies.
 Business Technology Association - BTA is an international organization serving dealers, value-added resellers, systems integrators, manufacturers and distributors in the business equipment and systems industry. Helps its members with free legal counseling; benchmarking studies and reports; the latest news, trends, and products in the industry; strong educational offerings; and industry specific publications.
 CNE Net - This is an exclusive service for current Novell CNEs.
Computer Game Developers Association - CGDA is an independent, non-profit professional organization for developers of entertainment software. Formerly was the computer Game Developers Association.
Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility - For computer scientists and others concerned about the impact of computer technology on society. CPSR's website is devoted to issues such as Internet filters, encryption, digital signatures, PICS, ethics, NII, and privacy.
Computing Research Association - CRA is an association of more than 180 North American academic departments of computer science and computer engineering; laboratories and centers in industry, government, and academia engaging in basic computing research; and affiliated professional societies. Their main mission is to strengthen research and education in the computing fields.
 The Computing Technology Industry Association - CompTIA provides its members: networking professional relationship opportunities; development of ethical, professional and business standards; knowledge and education opportunities; and a platform for dispute resolution. It offers certification programs to members and hosts an industry conference annually. Its membership comprises more than 7,500 computer resellers, VARs, distributors, manufacturers and training companies in the US and Canada.
Data Interchange Standards Association - DISA's expertise on business data exchange technologies, including extensible markup language (XML) and emerging e-commerce initiatives. Provides training and cross industry knowledge that can be easily accessed and applied to e-business requirements worldwide. Not only offers educational venues to industry, but also encourages uniform implementations among trading partners.
Data Management Association International - An international not-for-profit affiliation of local and regional chapters around the world consisting of thousands data management professionals.
 Enterprise Networking Association - ENA is an association of networking technologists and information system decision-makers. The association provides a vehicle for communicating information about managing and implementing the evolving enterprise. Benefits include a conference and expo, training institute, Enterprise Networking magazine, member's area on website, and NetPost, a threaded discussion area.
 EIA - Electronic Industries Association - The EIA is a national trade organization representing U.S. electronics manufacturers. Represents the entire spectrum of companies involved in the design and manufacture of electronic components, parts, systems and equipment. They are involved in legislative proposals and hearings, engineering standards, sales trends in the industry and general information concerning electronics manufacturers.
 Help Desk Institute - HDI provides targeted information about the technologies, tools, and trends of the help desk and customer support industry. They offer members semi-annual educational conferences and trade shows, training programs, consulting, industry research, surveys, reports, and publications and help them provide world-class customer service.
IEEE Computer Society - With nearly 100,000 members, the IEEE Computer Society is the world's leading organization of computer professionals. Founded in 1946, it is the largest of the 35 societies organized under the umbrella of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The Computer Society's vision is to be the leading provider of technical information and services to the world's computing professionals.
 International Association of Presentation Professionals - IAAP is a global association for professional presentation designers, graphics producers, services bureaus and internal media-services departments. The organization provides members a forum for networking and education with its monthly newsletter, annual conference, market survey and Web site.
 Independent Computer Consultants Association - The ICCA is a national not-for-profit association based in St. Louis that provides professional development opportunities and business support programs for independent computer consultants. It represents nearly 1500 consulting firms nationwide and provides professional development opportunities and business support programs for independent computer consultants.
 Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals - ICCP establishes standards for the computer industry by offering certification in two professional designations: Certified Computing Professional (CCP) and Associate Computing Professional (ACP). They also offer 17 specialty examinations to provide a practical means of assessment and achieving professional recognition in particular areas of expertise. They offer educational programs and services to computer professionals, educators, the computer industry, government and the general public.
 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers - The IEEE is a technical professional society, with a focus on advancing the theory and practice of electrical, electronics and computer engineering and computer science. The Institute is comprised of more than 320,000 technical and scientific professionals in 147 countries. They sponsor technical conferences, symposia and local meetings; publish technical papers in electrical, electronics and computer engineering; provide educational programs and establish industry standards and protocols.
 The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences - INFORMS serves the scientific and professional decision-making areas of Operations Research and Management Sciences, which are the professional disciplines that deal with the application of information technology. Members include investigators, scientists, students, educators, and managers, as well as the institutions they serve. They publish journals, organize professional conferences and provide communication facilitation for their members.
Institute for Women and Technology - Their mission is to increase the impact of women on all aspects of technology and to increase the positive impact of technology on the lives of the world's women. They work in areas that engage women and men in industry, academia, government and communities to imagine, design, create and deploy technologies that have positive impacts on women around the world. 
The Interactive Media Trade Association - MDG is a non-profit membership trade organization that nurtures and stimulates the business development segment of the interactive media industry in the San Francisco Bay Area through networking, promotion, education and business development.
 The International Association of Computer Professionals - A community for locating & building successful computer-based businesses: desktop publishing, computer training, consulting, programming, sales & service, Web design, etc.
International Association of Information Technology Trainers - ITrain is a nonprofit international association of 5,331 information technology (IT) professionals located in 156 different countries. Membership in ITrain makes life easier for trainers and their staffs by giving access to resources and support services that aren't available anywhere else. 
International Association for Management of Technology - A non-profit organization that sponsors and co-sponsors international conferences on management of technology; supports the publication of the conference proceedings volumes; and supports research and application projects, world wide, either in cooperation with government or private organizations or on its own initiative.
 International Computer Security Association - ICSA is an independent organization whose goal is to improve computer security through the sharing of knowledge, dissemination of information and certification of security products. Services include security-related research, conferences, publications, professional membership, vendor and user based consortia as well as certification. Constituents include computer system users, product developers and computer security experts.
International Society for Optical Engineering - SPIE is dedicated to promoting the engineering and scientific applications of optical, photonic, imaging and optoelectronic technologies through its education and communications programs, meetings and publications. Its members are engineers, scientists, and users interested in the development and reduction to practice of these technologies.
 International Standards Organization (ISO) - ISO is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies from some 100 countries, one from each country. This non-governmental organization's mission is to promote the development of standardization and related activities. Their work results in international agreements that are published as International Standards.
International Webmasters Association - IWA is the first and largest Webmasters Association providing jobs education certification learning business resources. Its missions is to provide and foster professional advancement opportunities among individuals dedicated to or pursuing a Web career, and to work diligently to enhance their effectiveness, image, and professionalism as they attract and serve their clients and employers.
Internet Alliance - The IA is devoted to promoting and developing online and Internet services worldwide. Through public policy, advocacy, consumer outreach and strategic alliances, the IA is building the confidence and trust necessary for the Internet to become the global mass market medium of the 21st century.
 Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) - The IETF is a large open international community of network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers concerned with the evolution of the Internet architecture and the smooth operation of the Internet. It is the principal body engaged in the development of new Internet standard specifications. There is no membership. It is open to any individual and anyone may attend any one of their three annual meetings where technical presentations are made.
Internet Society - A non-profit, international, professional membership organization with more than 175 organization and 8,600 individual members in over 170 nations worldwide representing a veritable who's who of the Internet community. Focuses on four "pillars:" standards, public policy, education and training, and membership.
Linux International - Linux International is a non-profit association of groups, corporations and others that work towards the promotion of growth of the Linux operating system and the Linux community.
 Linux Professional Institute - The Linux Professional Institute believes in the need for a standardized, multi-national, and respected program to certify levels of individual expertise in Linux. Their goal is to design and deliver such a program from within the Linux community, using both volunteer and hired resources as necessary. Resolves to undertake a well-considered, open, disciplined development process, leading directly to the establishment of a recognized and widely-endorsed Linux certification body.
 National Association of Computer Consultants - The National Association of Computer Consultant Businesses (NACCB) is an association of computer consultant businesses dedicated to promoting the industry and the business success of its individual members. NACCB is the only national association exclusively devoted to representing and developing relationships between companies that specialize in providing highly skilled computer professionals to clients in need of temporary technical support.
 NetWare Users International - This is the association of Novell networking professionals, an independent, non-profit organization supporting over 230 NetWare and affiliated user groups worldwide. Many benefits including monthly group meetings, newsletters, NetWare patches and fixes, Novell's NSEPro, Novell software library, an electronic version of Novell Application Notes, a subscription to NetWare Connection Magazine, NetWare User Conferences, NUInet Online, and discounts on Novell Press books.
 National Institute of Standards and Technology - An agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce's Technology Administration, NIST .s primary mission is to promote U.S. economic growth by working with industry to develop and apply technology, measurements and standards. It performs four major programs: Measurement and Standards Laboratories, cost-shared awards to industry, technical and business assistance to smaller manufacturers; and the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.
 Professional Association of Independent Consultants and Principals - PATCA is a professional association of independent consultants and principals who work in small consulting firms. These firms are in a variety of technical and non-technical fields. They are dedicated to enhancing professionalism, integrity, objectivity, and business competence of members and to promoting the profession of consulting.
Quality Assurance Institute - The QAI is exclusively dedicated to partnering with the enterprise-wide Information Quality profession. IT is an international organization consisting of member companies in search of effective methods for detection-software quality control and prevention-software quality assurance. QAI provides solutions in the form of consulting, education services, and assessments.
 Society for Information Management - Comprises 2,700 senior executives who are corporate and divisional heads of information technology (IT) organizations and their management staff, leading academicians, consultants and other leaders who shape and influence the management and use of IT. They offer executive-level IT reports and studies, benchmarking practices, publications, educational and leadership opportunities, events and conferences, councils and forums, issues advocacy and chapters.
 Software Contractors/Consultants Guild - Software contractors/consultants who seek wider access to the clients who use their services. Independent contractor members post their two-page resumes on the internet, first page is the contact information page and the second is the resume page. All information is displayed. there is no hidden information. The information is indexed several different ways to make it easy to locate the best contractor.
Software and Information Industry Association - SIIA works towards building the digital economy and seeks to show that the software and digital information industry is the fastest growing industry sector and a major contributor to the global marketplace and secondly, to protect the intellectual property of members, and advocate a legal and regulatory environment that benefits the entire industry.
 Software Support Professionals/SSPA - A value-added forum where service and support professionals in the software industry share ideas, discuss developing trends and network with their peers-skilled professionals who work in every conceivable platform, application, and operating system in the industry. They have over 450 member companies. Member benefits include specialized training, seminars, conferences, publications, valuable networking, and special events and services.
USENIX -The Advanced Computer System Association - The USENIX Association and its members are dedicated to problem-solving with a practical bias, fostering innovation and research that works, communicating rapidly the results of both research and innovation, and providing a neutral forum for the exercise of critical thought and the airing of technical issues. USENIX conferences have become the essential meeting grounds for the presentation and discussion of the most advanced information on the developments of all aspects of computing systems.
US Internet Industry Association - USIIA is the North American trade association for Internet commerce, content and connectivity. Founded in 1994, USIIA provides education on Internet and technology issues, advocates effective public policy for the Internet, and provides its members with essential business news, information, support and services. 
Webgrrls - Webgrrls is the international online and offline community for women interested in new media, the Internet and technology offering networking, meetings, classes and job opportunities.
Women In Technology International - WITI is a business-centered, strategic, inclusive organization committed to advancing women in technology. Their web site provides visitors with news, career opportunities, articles and information to empower women through technology.
World Organization of Webmasters - WOW is a non-profit professional association dedicated to the advancement of webmasters and web professionals worldwide.
Worldwide Institute of Software Architects - The Worldwide Institute of Software Architects was founded to accelerate the establishment of the profession of software architecture and provide information and services to software architects and their clients.
 World Wide Web Consortium - W3C - An international industry consortium that develops common protocols for the evolution of the World Wide Web. They are vendor neutral, working with the global community to produce specifications and reference software that is made freely available throughout the world. Membership is open to any organization. They publish the World Wide Web Journal.

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