Arie Altena

Ubiscribe, Recent Changes
Pervasive, Personal, Participatory

"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 Fauconnier, 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).

The Ubi-POD wiki was online in a now frozen state for a number of years at:

The description of the Ubiscribe research project used to be here:

The book was available (for sale, 17 euro) via

Here is the complete text -- in the final version before design -- as a text-file for download. Be aware that corrections and alterations have been added after this stage in the editorial process.


Note: My contributions can also be found on my website and are linked from the table of contents. Except for my contribution 'Workspaces' which mainly consists of pictures of workspaces found on Flickr.

  • Recent Changes
  • Contents

  • Ubiscribe
  • Editors’ Introduction

  • The Address is the Message
  • Anthologies on Network Communities & Other Geographies
  • As We May Think Database; (Hi)stories of Computer Science
  • De blogger als elektronisch performer
  • Blog Ho! the Blogabulary
  • Het boek als back-up-medium en luxe object
  • Collected Quotes
  • Copyright, Open Content and Remix Cultures
  • Daily Operations Remix
  • Designing Participation:
    the Web Design Timeline
    the Dutch-Language Wikipedia
    the Issue Graph

  • Do Not Write More Than 12 Lines
  • Famous & Less Famous Images
  • Glossary
  • Google Searches & Other Notes
  • Metadata en de essayisten van de toekomst
  • Mining NQPaOFU for ‘personal publishing’, ‘biography’, ‘documented life’ including anchor longlist
  • Of Writing and Other Things, a Collection of Quotes
  • Personal Data-mining 2003-2004
  • Quiz Section
  • Sewer Gas & Electric (g.a.s.)
  • (g.a.s.) S-List of Tags and Search Queries
  • Thinktank Conversation
  • Thinktank Media
  • Threads & Queries
  • Understanding the Information Age
  • Wie blogt bestaat
  • Wild Edit
  • Wissen als Praxis
  • Workspaces
  • Writing Tools

  • Editors’ Profiles
  • Colophon

    Thanks to the Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht.

    Arie Altena