[hackerspaces] Translating word 'hackerspace' to other languages?

Sylva1n sylv41n at gmail.com
Sun Aug 29 20:36:28 CEST 2010

Well, for starters, I'm not too found of the term 'hackerspace'
because it puts an emphasis on what people in the space _are_ instead
of what they _do_
I'd prefer a term like hackspace or hackingspace.
But given the momentum the hackerspace movement now has, it is not the
time for a renaming or that kind of window-dressing, so I'll stick to
'hackerspace' :)

In Grenoble we chose "Open Lab" because that what we aspire to be: a
place for experimentation open to anyone that is ready to share and
learn ... and because the word 'hacker' tend to gather way to much
attention from French public authorities.

For reference on the different terminologies, I join a lil' graph (not mine).


On Sat, Aug 28, 2010 at 1:32 PM, Jarkko Moilanen <Jarkko.Moilanen at uta.fi> wrote:
> Hi,
> The following might sound childish, but respecting own language (as well as
> other languages) is fundamental to some of us, at least for me.
> I was wondering how people from non-English speaking countries have
> translated the word 'hackerspace'? The issue has been around among Finnish
> hackers for several months and we can't seem to find a solution to this. We
> need to talk about hackerspaces is Finnish to non-hackers and alike and a
> good word is definitely needed. Some Finnish hackers use term 'hacklab' but
> it is not Finnish. Everyone knows that direct translation hardly ever works.
> How to translate hackerspace to single and similar striking word in other
> languages? Of course we can use longer term or give an explanation, which we
> do, but that is not ideal. I bet others have found solutions to this
> situation. Could you give us some light or direction how to solve this
> issue? Or is it just a question of time; a suitable word will just pop up?
> Oh! and sorry if I wasted your time (and inbox space) with this ridiculous
> non-technical question ;)
> cheers,
> Jarkko
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