Technical Background

Etherport is based on Ethertoff: a simple collaborative web platform, much resembling a wiki but featuring real-time editing. Ethertoff is an open-source tool patchwork, which includes the text editor Etherpad, the framework Django, and the javascript library Paged.js. Its output is constructed with equal love for print and web. Ethertoff is developed and maintained by the Brussels-based collective Open Source Publishing (OSP).

A prototype of Etherport was created by the Hybrid Publishing Research Group in the context of the two-year research program Going Hybrid. Members of the Hybrid Publishing Research Group were: researcher Anna Maria Michael, Ray Dolitsay (Institute of Network Cultures), Ashley Maum (Framer Framed), researcher Ania Molenda, Gijs de Heij (Willem de Kooning Academy / Open Source Publishing), Sepp Eckenhaussen (Institute of Network Cultures), Ebissé Wakjira (Framer Framed), artist and programmer Maria van der Togt, Victor Chaix (Institute of Network Cultures), Carolina Pinto (Institute of Network Cultures).

Etherport was developed from a prototype to a functional tool by Open Source Publishing and the Institute of Network Cultures, with the collaboration of core user group members Amateur Cities and The Hmm. This development was supported by the HvA Impact Fonds.