The Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC) is a consortium of interdisciplinary scholars including humanists, social scientists, scientists, and engineers who share knowledge around new media, digital technologies, and critical perspectives in the information age. I can’t say enough about the quality of this program, founded in 2002 by Cathy N. Davidson (Duke University) and David Theo Goldberg (Director, UCHRI). Some quick statistics on the program give an idea of the breadth of engagement in this community:
- 9,150 HASTAC members
- 522 HASTAC Scholars between 2008-2012
- Over 120 institutions in North America and abroad have nominated HASTAC Scholars, with representation of a diverse range of community colleges, liberal arts colleges, public universities, and research universities.
- 29 HASTAC Scholar Forums on topics such as Grading 2.0: Evaluation in a Digital Age; Democratizing Knowledge; Critical Code Studies; Race, Ethnicity, and Diaspora in a Digital Age; and Queer and Feminist New Media Spaces.
- 381,000 unique visitors to the HASTAC Scholars Forums between September of 2009 and May 2011.
- The HASTAC website sees approximately 28,000 visitors/month
- Outreach databases reaching over 1,000,000 people, including those working on learning through social networks, digital games, Augmented Reality Games, open standards, programming, STEM, digital humanities, peer-to-peer pedagogy, and much more.
(Statistics current as of July 10, 2012, courtesy of http://hastac.org/about.)
I have been involved in the HASTAC scholars program since 2011 and am happy to be chosen for the scholars 2013 cohort. As part of my commitment to the scholars program I will be blogging for HASTAC periodically this year as well as participating in community forum discussions. I invite you to follow my postings and consider becoming involved as a collaborative partner with the HASTAC community.