The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) and the Specialized Information Publishers Association (SIPA) announced that they are merging. SIPA was founded as the Newsletter Publishers Association but its members now publish in many media and formats.
SIPA will become a division of SIIA and will continue to offer its membership programs, without change. SIIA will continue to offer all of the same programs and services that are currently available to its members, along with new programs now available through SIPA.
SIPA has represented the international specialized publishing industry for 35 years. It advances the interests of commercial information providers serving niche communities by providing education, training and peer-to-peer learning through online and in-person meetings and events. SIPA’s 295 members range from small one-person newsletters to large publishers such as BLR; Kiplinger; and Congressional Quarterly, an Economist Group Business.
SIPA will become SIIA’s sixth market-focused division, joining Education Technology, Software, Content, the Public Sector Innovation Group (PSIG), and the Financial Information Services Division (FISD). SIIA also has public policy and anti-piracy arms.
Ken Wash has done it again. In the 90s he gobbled up defunct Information Industry Association (IIA) and thus renaming the Software Publishers Association to SIIA. Recently he acquired the 20-year-old annual Data Content conference from Infocommerce Group.
Source: SIIA Press Release