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Jun 7 2010   2:35PM GMT

The IT Knowledge Exchange Transparency and Accuracy Policy



Posted by: Michael Morisy
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Member bloggers at IT Knowledge Exchange come from a variety of walks of life. Some are IT practitioners, helping their companies large and small continue to execute on their IT goals. Some are noted experts, authors and thinkers, helping set the bar for where IT is going tomorrow. Some are consultants, either solo or with large organizations. Some are helping build the very products that will make that tomorrow possible.

A lot of them are doing some mix of the above.

All of IT Knowledge Exchange’s bloggers, however, are expected and have committed to holding a high standard when it comes to transparency and accuracy, and we’re taking the step to outline that commitment to you here.

Transparency

IT Knowledge Exchange bloggers often have a variety of roles in the industry they cover. This can give them unique insights and a depth of expertise, but it can also lead to trouble if possible conflicts of interest are not disclosed.

In light of this, IT Knowledge Exchange bloggers will:

  • Post information on their background and expertise, including education, experience, and previous and current employers if that experience has helped shaped their expertise.
  • Make clear their membership in any trade organizations or groups that relate to the material they are writing.
  • Clearly disclose any payments or gifts they receive from industry groups, including vendors, trade organizations, analyst firms, or anyone else with a vested interest in selling something.
  • Let their readers know if they are using affiliate links when linking to books, audio recordings or anything else they can purchase online.
  • Make clear their source material, which includes linking to sources if available and never claiming others’ ideas or words as their own.

Accuracy

Members and visitors have a lot of choices when it comes to technical knowledge online, and to earn their trust and time, IT Knowledge Exchange bloggers work hard to make sure that they present the most accurate information available.

IT Knowledge Exchange bloggers will:

  • Only publish information they believe is accurate as of the date they’re writing.
  • Not pass along rumors without providing some context as to how reliable that information is.
  • Be open to corrections from their readers and work to update material if proven incorrect.
  • Be willing to print respectful responses from those with opposing points of view, whether in the comments or as a guest post on their own blog.

Since IT is a swiftly changing field, information that is accurate and complete one day might be obsolete even a few months or days later, and we encourage readers to comment with updates when applicable.

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The bloggers at IT Knowledge Exchange have upheld a very high standard of quality, and most have been following these guidelines on their own for years. If you have any questions about this policy, however, please reach out to us at ContactUs@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.

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