Following on from a chat on Telegram, moving to a forum chat, notes from this:
- Conversation grew out of a chat about Vending Machines, but it keeps bubbling up that there should be a census of all the systems and their features, and maybe looking at using ‘the best one’ as a basis for a group to put more effort into getting more spaces onto one system that everyone could use that was better documented for newbie spaces, and existing spaces could put their energies into one really good system, rather than lots of work in progress systems, if they wanted.
- Alex mentioned Nottinghack, and Swindon’s were on GitHub [as are many others]
- Paul Britton asked if there was “a de facto standard Hackspace admin system, that handles membership list, training records, authentication and access control interface”.
- Sci: Not that [he is] aware of.
- Stuart L: A few have been published but none have been used elsewhere AFAIK.
- Stuart L: Stuart L, [13 Feb 2019 at 21:52:36]:
They’re always too specific and/or dependent on tribal knowledge or habits. Loads of the US spaces have published theirs.
- Sci: Think I said last time this came up, people usually roll their own either because existing options aren’t completely documented or people see features they can add but only by starting from scratch.
- Paul Britton:I would have thought that this would be an ideal system to crowd collaborate
- Bob Clough: HacMan are now using Brighton’s membership system
Tom: Hackerspaces.org has an out dated list
- Stuart L: Whats the best out there now?
- Sci: Centralising all the development is positive to some but antithetical to others.
- Tom points out this conversation has happened before and there is an energy around this idea.
- Tom suggested an audit of all the systems, Sci said with feature comparisons.