[hackerspaces] How do you do accounting, membership, access, etc?

Will Bradley bradley.will at gmail.com
Thu Aug 9 08:55:42 CEST 2012

Can you open up the G+ event so I can rsvp / add to my calendar?

On Wed, Aug 8, 2012 at 11:38 PM, James Carlson <james at schoolfactory.org>wrote:

> Space Federation is hosting a hackathon to continue work on the ultimate
> system we all imagine (OSS, OSH) and it looks like these existing efforts
> might move it forward.
> We started in April with an unconference to develop requirements and now
> 12-aug is a hackathon to build.
> http://bit.ly/doorhacks for the G+ event
> http://atrium.schoolfactory.org/spacefed/accesshacks to get background
> and see what we came up with in April.
> Hope you can join us! We are hosting a 3d printing meetup same day (at
> Bucketworks in Milwaukee, which has a system similar to i3 as described) so
> it should be a fun day!
> A lot of new and growing spaces could really use a kit like this.
> On Thursday, August 9, 2012, Will Bradley wrote:
>> Hello from HeatSync Labs!
>> Dues payments come in through PayPal, recurring checks, and to a lesser
>> extent Dwolla and cash/Square. We strongly encourage recurring payments.
>> Money is tracked by the Treasurer (a human) who records things in
>> QuickBooks; we also have a CPA.
>> Our delinquency reports are severely lacking and I'm in the process of
>> auditing for the first time in months.
>> New members are sent an email with links and given an in-person training;
>> our website and its link to Google Groups is emphasized repeatedly.
>> Members don't automatically get card access, but when they do they are
>> manually added to the RFID door lock system (23b's Open Access Control) via
>> SSH/serial.
>> Login credentials for Mediawiki are available freely now that we
>> installed security question plugins, and our Wordpress blog has been
>> relatively lacking in participation but we have given out logins.
>> ----------
>> I agree there is a need for The Ultimate Hackerspace Software however our
>> own effort has stalled (https://github.com/hackerspacemanagement/) --
>> the objectives you mentioned are on my todo list. I've got an incredibly
>> hackish version of the OAC software which is network-enabled as a first
>> step towards synchronizing.(
>> https://github.com/zyphlar/Open_Access_Control_Ethernet) We also have
>> written Ruby serial code to give a basic locking/unlocking/status API to
>> the space since we use maglocks. (
>> https://github.com/zyphlar/Open-Source-Access-Control---Web-Interface)
>> I'd love nothing more than to get some simple, pop-in code for the OAC
>> hardware for user account syncing, plus a simple membership management
>> software (delinquency, etc.) If you've got energy to do it, feel free to
>> contact me offlist.
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