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In 2003, I and several other scholars came together with a simple idea: to take the lessons and ideas that were used to create the World Wide Web and see how we could adopt them to the transformation of higher education. This was the birth of HASTAC (pronounced “haystack”), an acronym for Humanities, Arts, Sciences, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory. We met at University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI), at the National Science Foundation, at Stanford and at Duke and pushed at our founding idea: that we could take the practices and principles of open web developers, the collaborative methods through which the World Wide Web was created, and explore the ways that those principles and methods could transform higher education.
A blog post by Cathy Davidson. Her five things are: learning/research as macroscope, code is never finished, ability to tell stories with data, forking, building better tools together.