Ubiscribe, Recent Changes
Ubiscribe is a book on on-line and off-line publishing. The first issue of this experimentally composed and edited book contains essays, project descriptions, links, practice instances and anecdotes on personal publishing through the Internet and new media.
"This is a time when many use multi-medial and multi-disciplinary chronicles such as weblogs, blogs, vlogs and photologs for various purposes. Ubiscribe explores the intrinsic potential and technological limits of present-day publishing. How do collaborations come about in on-line environments? How are they kept up? Can they be productive? The project investigates users, their ideas, communication devices and production channels."
In 2006 I was part of the Ubiscribe research team at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht. As part of our research we -- Jouke Kleerebezem, Sandra Fauconier, Claudia Hardi, Inga Zimprich and myself, published a book Ubiscribe, recent changes, Pervasive, Personal, Participatory, for which we collected collaboratively the material in less than a month time on a wiki. This material was made into a book that was publish as a POD.
The idea was to experiment with a 'book' that changes over time. Technically this is possible -- though the wiki-to-PDF applications were not very sophisticated in 2006. New additions to the wiki and alterations would automatically become part of a new POD-print-run. On the other hand, working on a book is also working toward a deadline. And once the actual book is there, one is simply happy, and ready to continue with the next project. (At least, this is how it is for me).