Computer Weekly has launched a search for the best UK IT blogs, with its first ever IT blog awards.
The competition will showcase the best the UK IT industry has to offer. It will enable us to provide IT professionals with a comprehensive list of the most popular and useful writers on the web.
To find the best blogs, Computer Weekly needs to hear from as many IT professionals as possible on who they think are the most informative and interesting bloggers.
After we receive the nominations, a group of experts will select a shortlist of ten blogs in each of ten categories. Readers will then have the chance to vote for their favourites to find out which blog is the best.
Anyone who nominates a blog will be entered into a prize draw to win a £50 Amazon voucher, and nominations can be made on the Computer Weekly website. Blogs do not need to be based in the UK, but they do need to contain some coverage of the UK IT industry. Blog writers can even nominate their own blogs, and can get "nominate me" badges from the Computer Weekly website to encourage their readers to nominate them as well.
There are ten categories: IT security, CIO and IT director blogs, company blogs, IT project management, IT law and governance, programming and development, public sector IT, Web 2.0 and business, wireless and mobile, and IT lifestyle.
In the CIO category, we are looking for blogs by anyone in a CIO or director's position, like Richard Steel's CIO blog.
The company blog category will unearth the best official blogs written by employees for or on behalf of their companies. These blogs aim to update customers, suppliers and the rest of the world with corporate news, and can help make a business more "human" by putting real people's words and faces to the company's name.
Blogs that touch on any security issue relevant to the UK IT industry - from malware to ID cards - can be nominated for the IT security category. Examples include State of Insecurity by Paul Henry and Eugene Spafford's Security Myths and Passwords blog.
In the IT project management category, we are looking for blogs from those working on managing IT projects. The blogs can be on any kind of IT project and the issues related to it.
With the IT law and governance category, Computer Weekly is looking for blogs by lawyers who specialise in information, internet and technology law. We are also looking for blogs covering the wider issues of IT in policy and legislation, such as Philip Virgo's When IT Meets Politics blog.
To fill the public sector category, we are looking for blogs about issues affecting public sector IT and for blogs written by IT professionals in the public sector. Nominations for the Web 2.0 category can include blogs about social media, its impacts on business and the way it changes society.
Finally, we are looking for blogs on the use and impact of mobile and wireless technology, as well as gadgety and humorous blogs, for the IT lifestyle category.
To nominate a blog in any of the categories, email ITblogs@computerweekly.com with its URL.
Go to the blog awards page for more information.
Visit the relevant category pages listed there for links to the blogs mentioned above.
This was first published in April 2008