About HASTAC (Humanitites, Arts, Science, Technology Advanced Collaboratory (http://www.hastac.org)
Founded in 2002, HASTAC ("haystack") is a free, voluntary network of individuals and institutions inspired by the possibilities that new technologies offer us for shaping how we learn, teach, communicate, create, and organize our local and global communities. Dedicated to new media, critical thinking and participatory learning, HASTAC believes 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 administers the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's Digital Media and Learning Competition--an annual effort designed to find and to inspire the most novel uses of new media in support of learning. The infrastructure for HASTAC has been largely provided by the John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies and the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University and the University of California Humanities Research Institute.
More information is at http://www.hastac.org.