The AIME project has been experimental in every sense of the word. This includes its digital dimension that we had to completely invent from scratch – not to mention the host of problems such as errors, backtracking, modifications, and bugs that are all inherent to this kind of adventure.
Over the summer break (2015), and thanks to Science Po’s médialab, we have been able to completely overhaul the site and fix one of its major issues: its slowness. Whatever other problems the site may have had, slowness was the issue that discouraged visitors. So, now that we have fixed that issue you can explore the site to your heart’s content without seething with impatience. The new software is much more stable, better documented thus guaranteeing the longevity of the site for much longer. After all, software has its own mode of existence that we must learn to respect.
The second big change has been to simplify the page layout by merging the third and fourth columns. In other words, the contributions are now totally integrated into the site’s documentation. This allows not only for better readability but also for a more extensive integration of documents regardless of their authorship, that is indicated on the home page each time. Here too, the experiment, despite a few initial stumbles, has been it has to be said, quite successful. 60 published contributors, 206 published contributions, (134 in English, 72 in French) is quite something. Moreover, we are still receiving contributions. Of course, we have been working with them a little more slowly since we no longer have ERC funding and the aime staff has become, well, just one person. So, if you would like to make a contribution and are not in too much of a hurry to receive a reply, you can send in your contribution proposals to this email address: contact at modesofexistence dot org
One of the advantages of this site overhaul is that we now have a tool that can be used by other researchers. This is why we have published the source code for the entire digital project licensed under LGPL-v3 and you can download it here: https://github.com/medialab/aime-core.
We hope that you will find the new site more pleasant to use and will take advantage of the mass of documentation that has been accumulated. In this way, you will be able to keep the inquiry going in your own manner.
Website entry 1 (augmented book): http://www.modesofexistence.org/inquiry/?lang=en
Website entry 2 (crossings): http://www.modesofexistence.org/crossings//#/en