[hackerspaces] Hackerspace admin software recommendations?

Naomi Most pnaomi at gmail.com
Thu Jul 24 06:02:10 CEST 2014

Never ceases to astound me what people are willing to go on the record


On Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 1:18 PM, matt <matt at nycresistor.com> wrote:

> I recommend /dev/null on any unix.  Try to imagine you live in sparta...
> and you are wandering through your rock gardens watching as your people
> train themselves and develop into powerful fighters.  You are abruptly
> disturbed by some tatterdemalion mendicant.  You ask with anger rising in
> your throat for this interloper to explain their sudden and rude
> interruption.  They herald you tidings of dark potent and grim portent.  It
> is now /dev/null becomes the ultimate in administrative software tools.
> You walk with your new found problem through the town demonstrating to the
> lothespelled storm crow person that your town is mighty and fair.  You
> entreat upon them to reconsider the nature of their bearing and the
> decidedly negative impact of their folly.  They of course decline informing
> you that time will not step back and trouble is darkening the doors to your
> home.  So, with all the administrative finesse of our leonidas you punt the
> bastard into the pit from which no data ever returns... /dev/null.  If
> there's one thing leonidas taught hackerspaces it's that we all need a
> giant bottomless pit at the center of our administrative constructs to help
> us unload some of our problems.  And to stress with prejudice upon others
> the importance of consequence in choosing to engage us with their problems.
> be well fellow hackers.
> On Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 3:46 PM, JB Zurn <jbzurn at gmail.com> wrote:
>> At Melbourne Makerspace (Melbourne FL) we use an ecommerce WordPress
>> based system - WooCommerce with the Subscriptions plugin. A member had
>> experience with this and donated the plugin. Someone can opt to pay dues
>> from the website, by selecting the subscription and purchasing it. If they
>> use PayPal it will automatically charge each month until they cancel. They
>> can also give one-time donations through the same system.
>> For now it doesn't interface with the door access system but another
>> member is investigating a way to give access to active subscribers.
>> -Brooks
>> On Jul 23, 2014 12:00 PM, "dosman" <dosman at packetsniffers.org> wrote:
>>>         Starting out with nothing, something like Seltzer is a good
>>> option I'm sure. Of course that wasn't available when we started building
>>> components for our administrative stuffs. If you are bolting components
>>> together then you might consider some of these options.
>>> Our RFID system uses the 23b.org Open-Access-Control RFID Arduino
>>> shield. We have a web-interface for it which was written in-house and
>>> manages access control and logging.
>>> http://bloominglabs.org/index.php/RFID_System_Software
>>> We use Simple Invoices for automatic dues invoicing. SI is web based,
>>> can email out a monthly dues reminder, accepts paypal automatically, and
>>> can be configured to let people check their own dues balances. I have not
>>> posted this yet but I have a shell script for auto-generating nag emails
>>> based on the data in SI for members who are behind on dues. Simple Invoices
>>> needs some work though, I've written up how we configured it here:
>>> http://bloominglabs.org/index.php/Simple_Invoices
>>> We have an asset management system based on some guys one-off PHP
>>> inventory system. We extended it to support printing QR code asset tags
>>> (both single and batches) along with a number of other tweaks:
>>> http://bloominglabs.org/index.php/Asset_Manager
>>> We also use Sugar CRM for contact management. I am hoping to extend this
>>> to maintain our active membership database (by keeping it populated, not by
>>> coding). All that is required is to figure out how to add and remove
>>> members programmatically (with wget/curl).
>>> Last but not least, we have a couple other scripts and web interfaces
>>> for wrappering some of this when activating new memberships. Not exactly a
>>> good single point of management, but these systems have lowered our
>>> overhead significantly.
>>> Thanks,
>>> -dosman
>>> On Jul 23, 2014, at 10:27 AM, Shirley Hicks 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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