The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) and the Specialized Information Publishers Association (SIPA) announced that they are merging. SIPA will become a division of SIIA and will continue to offer its membership programs, without change. SIIA, the principal trade association for the software and information industries, will continue to offer all of the same programs and services that are currently available to its members, along with new programs.
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.
Brady said that SIPA members will work closely with the SIIA Content Division, which serves media, publishing and information companies.
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).