HASTAC Hiatus—and Looking Ahead

Dear HASTAC Network Members,

As we’ve been predicting all year, we are now moving into our shutdown phase as we undertake the crucial, final parts of our migration from HASTAC.org (2002/03-2022) to HASTAC Commons (2022-the future). We thank you all for your patience at this extremely complex and labor-intensive time. This move is a massive undertaking. All of us at HASTAC and everyone on the incredible Humanities Commons team have been working tirelessly to shape HASTAC’s future.

For the next few months, HASTAC, including HASTAC Scholars, will be publishing only a select few projects commissioned earlier this year. Any new content posted now on HASTAC.org may require the extra labor of individualized migration to the new HASTAC Commons.

The details of all of this are available on the HASTAC Migration FAQ’s and information page: https://www.hastac.org/collections/hastac-migrates-humanites-commons.

Most of what is on HASTAC.org from 2017 to the present is now in transit to the Humanities Commons. The extant, early years of HASTAC.org (basically, 2005-2017) will be archived at Duke University Library for scholars and historians of technology to peruse literally in the archives, as one would diaries or other manuscript material. The Wayback Machine at the Internet Archive will also have much of HASTAC.org in a roughly searchable form here.

At HASTAC Commons, information will be sorted in a very different way than it has been on the legacy HASTAC.org site. HASTAC Commons will be less “bloggy” and more “network friendly.” We will be interconnected with many other organizations and individuals in a way that is truly exciting for the future. Soon, we will be soliciting beta testers for the new site. We expect to be testing, iterating, redesigning, and in all ways improving the site over the summer and then hope to have a hard launch in the Fall.

We will also be celebrating this twentieth anniversary and this massive migration at our next international conference, “Critical Making and Social Justice,” to be hosted at Pratt Institute in May 2023.

We at HASTAC.org again wish to extend our thinks to the extraordinary team leading this move: Nikki Stevens (spearheading the migration) and Chris McGuinness (leading the archiving) on the HASTAC side and Matthew Farrell, Digital Records and Digital Preservation Officer (Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Duke University). We thank at the Humanities Commons, the incomparable Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Project Director (MSU), Bonnie Russell, Project Manager (MSU), and Mike Thicke, Technical Lead (MSU). This is a major move. It would not be possible without the support of Dartmouth, including our excellent Information, Technology and Computing team, Jonathan Chiappa and Jeffery Mattson, who have helped us keep things in good shape leading up to the transition.

Thank you,