[hackerspaces] HackerSpace movement, history and development

kwadronaut kwadronaut at autistici.org
Sun Nov 15 13:32:38 CET 2009

Go back to the junkyard where pieces of history can be gathered!

Maybe you should have a look at languages too. And local circumstances.
Maybe some are not so keen on publishing their infos on the internet, or
it has dissapeared, use other names and languages which you nor i speak,
which make them harder to find.

As a mere example: there are 3 hackerspaces in brussels. One doesn't
wish to call herself like that, but instead uses something like blux
(local lunix group), another one is mainly in French and doesn't feel
like listing themselves on hackerspaces.org (at least that was what i
understood, my french is rusty), so in the end you get 1 result for
belgium on your little exclusive list. Not to mention that the people in
Ghent care more about local people and struggles, ...

Thinking that hackerspaces.org contains a representative list or
something is pure nonsense

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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