The Humanities, Arts, Science, Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC – “haystack”
hastac.org), is an organization at the international forefront of knowledge mobilization for our digital present and innovation in the academy. It promotes networked digital learning that extends outwards and connects and works at transformation across universities and disciplines. HASTAC is inspired by the possibilities that new technologies offer us for shaping how we learn, teach, communicate, create, and organize our local and global communities. This is motivated by the conviction that the digital era provides rich opportunities for informal and formal learning and for collaborative, networked
research that extends across traditional disciplines, across the boundaries of academe and
community, across the “two cultures” of humanism and technology, across the divide of thinking versus making, and across social strata and national borders. HASTAC now has more than 8000 members, an extensive networked mentoring program for graduate students (HASTAC scholars) and one of the best social networking websites for innovative scholarly dissemination in the world.
HASTAC is dedicated to sharing information, ideas and practices in the new interdisciplinary field of digital learning, including such fields as digital humanities, information science, museum studies, computation, social networking, entrepreneurship, and new media design. HASTAC facilitates collaboration by encouraging development of tools and social networks that enhance the distribution of innovative knowledge and humanistic ideas in the service of society. HASTAC community members are public intellectuals, artists, journalists, educators, software or hardware designers, scientists
specializing in human-computer interfaces, gamers, programmers, librarians, museum curators, publishers, social and political organizers and interested others who use the potential of the Internet and mobile technologies for new forms of communication and social action. Specializations include the full range of the humanities and social sciences, as well as all computational fields, visualization and auditory sciences, information science, and engineering, plus those interested in intellectual property issues, and those concerned with social entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and public policy on a local or
Please visit HASTAC.org for more information and to join!