The Boston-based collaborative workspace hack/reduce yesterday announced that it's now accepting applications for membership. "In addition to providing workshops and events to the community, hack/reduce will be making their big data cluster, data sets, and work space available, free of charge, to a select set of members," the organization stated.

"'We want to build a community and innovation around big data to make Boston a leader there,' founding executive director Abby Fichtner told me," writes GigaOM's Barb Darrow. "Hackers with expertise in biotech, medical devices, consumer web, energy, IT, telecommunications, music and art are all welcome to apply."

"Members will fall into two groups -- Resident Hackers and Contributors," writes Mass High Tech's Jim Schakenbach. "Resident Hackers will work on projects deemed 'incredibly cool' in exchange for free workspace and access to resources for one month, with an option to extend to three or six months. Hackers will also be required to perform a service such as mentoring, teaching or helping manage the space. Contributors are individuals interested in learning and collaborating with others on big data projects while helping build out the hack/reduce community using free access to workspace and resources."

"The space, located at 275 Third St., is backed by $500,000 from area venture capital firms for its first year of operation," writes The Boston Business Journal's Kyle Alspach. "Fichtner left a position as Microsoft's developer evangelist to take the job as executive director."