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About Are.na

On Are.na you collect, connect and contextualize information collaboratively. People use it to save text, images, links, files, PDFs, etc into flexible containers called channels. Our users have started channels to gather materials for news articles, build business ideas, do academic research and start creative projects.

Our intention behind starting Are.na is to build a platform that helps people continually recontextualize information into new ideas and help us understand the vast amount information we face on a daily basis.

As a society, we need to think about what mainstream tools we have for unpacking our own perspectives. Is "sharing" enough? "Likes"? What happens to the things you shared last year? And can the tools we build today help you understand how your thinking has changed over time?

Think of Are.na as a connected archive of human knowledge.

Team

Advisors: Amelia Hall, Damon Zucconi, Dena Yago, Dan Brewster, John Michael Boling, Morgan Sutherland and J. Stuart Moore.

Transparency

We value transparency and we aim at being self-sustainable. We will never sell data without explicit authorization from the user. We will never display ads or join an ad network, and we're committed to retain complete control of the platform.

We partly rely on our premium users who have access to a series of extra features for a yearly subscription.

Expenses, goals and revenue for the year 2016
Premium users
Labs projects, store, grants and donations
$20,000
Basic infrastructure costs
$70,000
Part-time
salaries

Labs

The Are.na team offers development and API consulting for professional applications.

We recently launched a beta version of a tool for exploring hypertext connections called Pilgrim, with generous support from the Knight Foundation.

Before that, our most recent collaboration was with the Guggenheim Museum to build the Azone Futures Market.

API

Our public API can be used to both reading and writing data to and from Are.na.

Find out more at our developer site.

Contact

Questions? We'd love to hear from you.