PubHubs is happy to cooperate with people and groups who give prominence to the public good in the digital world, who are transparant, work with open source software, who wish to not just “take” but also “bring”. To make PubHubs useful for different communities requires translation of the expectations and wishes of different communities in order to incorporate them into PubHubs.
This translation will be partially technical and partially organisational. People who like to contribute can best do so from their own existing role and environment. Do you have interest / knowledge / skills, for example in the domain of design, interaction or programming, do let us know, via the contact email address given below. Please include a short description of yourself, of your skills, and of the organisation you wish to join from.
PubHubs will consist of different hubs / communities, organised and administered by the participating organisations. For example, a public broadcasting organisation or a museum can form their own hub, but also a library, a hospital or a university / school kan host its own PubHubs hub. Within a hub such an organisation can set up things in their own preferred manner, so that visitors of the hub can meet each other in different rooms. There can be access requirements for such a room, where, for example, a visitor has to prove they’re a student / teacher, or that they’re a member of a library. After supplying proof of identity (authentication) they can join the room. There can also be public rooms where anyone can join.
PubHubs will have a central login. Once logged in, as a user, you can easily move between hubs. In every hub a user will have a different pseudonym, so events in one hub are disconnected from events within other hubs.
Technically hubs will be Matrix homeservers hosted by participating organisations themselves (or by a specialised hosting company). The organisational structure to realise this, is still under development.
Only in 2023 will PubHubs be available for broader use. Before that we will run pilot projects with a few closely involved (technical) partners.
There are currently no vacancies within PubHubs.
PubHubs is still in its preparatory phase, where there is not yet a publicly accessible network. Programming work is being done to set-up the infrastructure (open source, soon), for now focussing on logging in. This development work is being done at the Radboud Universtity, by more than five people, within the research group iHub. Bart Jacobs is in the lead. Funding is available for the next five years, through his Stevin prize.
At the same time we are exploring the future governance of PubHubs, where we are in contact with several parties, acting as a sounding board. Here José van Dijck is in the lead.