[hackerspaces] HackerSpace movement, history and development

Elmo elmo.mantynen at iki.fi
Sun Nov 15 08:25:40 CET 2009

Hey, you should make a page on hackerspaces.org with live graphs (with
at least explanations if not conclusions) similar to what you made for
the blog using the semantic tools. Link it from the theory section, maybe.


Jarkko Moilanen wrote:
> Hi,
> ****** WARNING: Academic and theoretical content ***********
> I was trying to find out any answers/ definitions to the question that
> kept on popping in to my mind. The question was: "What is a
> hackerspace?" Well..after a while I found some 'definitions' and
> 'features' that can/could be assosiated to HS.
> But that's not the point of this post. While doing my humble research
> (for my blog post) I noticed two interesting issues. I did some simple
> statistical analysis about the history of still active hackerspaces and
> found out that before 2001, the amount of founded hackerspaces was 1 or
> 2. But in the year 2001 it was 9 new hackerspaces. After that until 2007
> it was again just a few new hackerspaces in a year. Question is what was
> so different about the year 2001? The second topic of wonder came to my
> mind while looking at the map of hackerspaces in Europe. There does not
> seem to be many hackerspaces in the Eastern-Europe or Russia. Why? Yes,
> I'm a social scientist (Political Science PhD student and hacker) and
> that's why I am so interest about these questions. And yes, I'm also a
> member of one hackerspace (the5thwave in Tampere, Finland). Perhaps the
> reason for my little study is to get some sort of 'deeper' understanding
> of what I'm participating in. While browsing the archives I found a
> debate about 'theory' related to hackerspaces. I was not sure about
> posting this message here. I hope that this post is not offending anyone
> or considered too 'theoretical' to be posted here.
> Any ideas or suggestions to the above questions would be appreciated.
> The (still not finished) blog post which I'm referring to can be found
> here:
> http://extreme.ajatukseni.net/2009/11/14/viewpoints-to-the-development-of-hackerspaces/
> Cheers,
> Jarkko
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