[hackerspaces] Hackerspace admin software recommendations?

Bob Bownes bownes at gmail.com
Wed Jul 23 16:51:31 CEST 2014

We use seltzer at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity and have integrated it
with our door card access system. It actually works pretty well. We've also
extended the database schema to cover inventory and access to all of our
equipment so that, at some point in the future, we can put a card reader on
each piece of machinery that requires specialized training. But for that to
work, we need to get a ton more card readers. :)

I've yet to see a good space management/booking package for managing
classes, etc. Even the multi-billion dollar company that is my day job
can't seem to get that right. ;)


On Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 10:43 AM, Edward L Platt <ed at elplatt.com> wrote:

> Hi Shirley,
> Glad to see you posting about this.  Space management is still a big time
> sink, and by collaborating on solutions we can make things a lot easier.
> If you have any questions about Seltzer, feel free to email me or the dev
> list!
> I'd love to see the community come together on a solution, whether it's
> Seltzer or something else.
> Happy hacking,
> -Ed
> This message sent from my phone... through space!
> On Jul 23, 2014 10:27 AM, "Shirley Hicks" <shirley at velochicdesign.com>
> wrote:
>> Good morning all,
>> I strongly suspect this question has been asked before (including by
>> me!), but I'm not finding it easily.
>> Our 15-month old hacker group is preparing to step away from the
>> spreadsheets with which we are managing our space and start setting up (in
>> phases) a space information system.
>> We will have a team of eight working on this project, with information
>> system experience ranging from seasoned system warrior to recently
>> graduated IS newbie.
>> Project information page can be seen at:
>> http://wiki.redmountainmakers.org/wiki/RMM_Information_System
>> We'd like to minimize the work required (who doesn't!) and are looking
>> for any available package recommendations for the following functions:
>> Phase 1
>>  Membership management - yes, we are evaluating i3 Detroit's Seltzer CRM.
>> Equipment inventory.
>> Technical library inventory & (possibly) sign-in/sign-out.
>> Phase 2
>> Space access control by pass card.
>> Space booking control (just see who's using what room for classes and
>> meetings when).
>> Phase 3
>> Equipment access control by pass card.
>> Class and materials sign-up/purchase.
>> This is within the US context, and within US legal governance with
>> regards to information privacy and electronic purchases/transactions.
>> Thanks in advance for any recommendations and comments regarding your
>> experiences with different packages. :)
>> Shirley Hicks
>> Board member-at-large
>> Red Mountain Makers
>> Birmingham, AL 35212
>> Email: redmtnadm at redmountainmakers.org
>> www.redmountainmakers.org
>> -----------------------------------------------------------
>> Home email: shirley at velochicdesign.com
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