[hackerspaces] Taxonomy of maker spaces

Robert Ward robert.t.ward at gmail.com
Fri Oct 23 15:32:20 CEST 2009

Our universal answer for the question "What is a hackerspace?", when  
asked by people who wouldn't really get a longer explanation is,  
"We're like an Elks lodge...but for geeks.".

As I write this it's occurring to me that I don't know if anyone has  
these types of organizations outside the US, e.g. The Elks, Eagles,  
Rotary, etc.  Well, at least stateside it does make some sense to your  
average Joe.


On Oct 23, 2009, at 3:25 AM, Koen Martens wrote:

> On Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 10:24:34AM +0200, Koen Martens wrote:
>> Hya,
>> On Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 01:41:09PM -0700, Jerry Isdale wrote:
>>> So as a help to noobs like me, I'd like to discuss some of the terms
>>> used for various biz models for the generic term of 'Maker Space'.
>>> Terms like hackerspace, fab lab, tech shop, and names for variants
>>> outside those.
>> I have been asking myself 'what is a hackerspace' a lot lately,  
>> because i'm
>> just starting one and need to explain this to eg. potential  
>> landlord. I don't
>> think there is one single answer, this is already evident in the  
>> great number
>> of different hackerspaces: some nothing more than an office unit,  
>> others in
>> multi-story buildings with rooms varying in function, others not  
>> having their
>> own space at all..
>> Ask anyone on this list what a hackerspace is, and you are likely  
>> to get
>> very different answers.
>> I, for one, would not want to come up with a single, fits-all  
>> definition of
>> the term, simply because that would deny the great variety that  
>> makes all
>> these spaces so interesting!
> Oh, and I forgot: as for the other terms like fablab, tech shop,  
> maker space,
> etc.. I think they're all in one blurry Venn diagram, overlapping  
> here, differing
> there. Any single space might be in any number of circles in the  
> Venn diagram.
> Gr,
> Koen
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