[hackerspaces] list of events

Tilman Frosch til at das-labor.org
Fri Jan 9 22:36:52 CET 2009

Hi all,

Am Freitag, den 09.01.2009, 15:02 -0500 schrieb bre pettis:

> Alternately someone could just start a wiki page with events they know
> of and invite folks to fill it in. It won't be complete and won't get
> updated consistently, but that would be an easy start if you are
> craving it.

Das Labor is running a mix of the methods mentioned by Bre. We found
that it is a good idea to have some automated means of event
publication, as the manual way did not work out properly.
We organize our Events in the wiki and use a parser to generate xml from
the MediaWiki export (periodically). From the xml we generate the xhtml
included in our main website, a dedicated rss feed and an ical feed. The
xml file is also being used by a Jabber bot to announce upcomming events
to its subscribers (we wanted some push mechanism, too).

MediaWiki export:
xml: http://www.das-labor.org/termine.xml
rss: http://www.das-labor.org/termine.rss
ical: webcal://www.das-labor.org/termine.ics

I think a common xml structure might be a good start to provide
synchronized information. We could easily add tags like 
to filter by these criteria.

The parser and feed generators are written in Ruby, and should be fairly
easy to adapt. Our subversion repo is currently down, but I think I
could find all this stuff elsewhere, if anyone wants to have a look at
the code. It is a bit hackish, though ...

Don't get me wrong, I don't want to impose our solution on anyone, it is
just one of n possible solutions.


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