About the Ubiscribe PODs
Welcome to the Ubiscribe PoD Wiki…
This is a collaborative editorial wiki, both a publication and working environment in its own right, as well as at the service of the production of an ongoing series of Ubiscribe print-on-demand and otherly formated-to-the-occasion publications.
Ubiscribe PoD series
Ubiscribe is a publication named after and generated from research conducted in the context of this particular strand at the Jan van Eyck Academie design department. It inquires into the conditions for personal and pervasive publishing and participatory media in today’s cultural production.
As an ongoing experiment in open collaborative writing and editing, for its publication it uses networked writing and editing tools as well as print-on-demand reproduction technology, for occasional back-up and review copies and as a just-in-time public outlet.
‘Ubiscribe’ was coined by Jouke Kleerebezem in 2003, after playing around with other Ubi-names (Ubitext?… taken by Xerox; Ubilog?… too blogish. Ubiscript?… too much like programming language, meanwhile gets 1 Google hit), searching for a label which would connect the idea of pervasive computation, as in Ubicomp, mobility, and what dawned as a consequence of ubiquitous embedded and roaming computers: ubiquitous media output, or pervasive publishing. A couple of years later we see the rise of a wireless ‘internet of things’, which will perfect the connection between networks of information and networks of objects and locations in the physical world. Ubiquity is here, and the address is the message.
With the acquisition of the ubiscribe.net domain the theme was introduced as a research strand at the Jan van Eyck Academie. Some of Ubiscribe’s earlier manifestations include the 2003 Personal Publishing Pandemonium meeting; 2004 Wild Edit meetings; the setting up of a database in and as an exploration of Devonthink CMS software, also 2004, and a consequent Stand-up Publishing consultation; The Matching Link symposium at the occasion of ‘Welcome to Fusedspace Database’, 2005; Thinktank gatherings, 2006. Its research inspired two papers in the context of the ‘Tomorrow Book’ research strand, Ubibook and Ubibook Mark-up, in 2004–05.
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