Are.na is a platform for collaborative and independent research.

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.
Gather
Collect blocks of content (links, images, text or files) and gather them into collections called channels.
Connect
Connect blocks in infinite ways between channels
Collaborate
Create open call channels or invite friends to a private channel
Privacy
Adjust privacy and permissions on individual channels
API
Use channels as your personal content management system
I/O
Add blocks with our bookmarklet, add via email, or programatically via our API. Export channels as a PDF, HTML, a ZIP file and more

Connect information, together

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

As a society, we should 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 how can the tools we build today help you understand how your thinking has changed over time?

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.

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.