[hackerspaces] Hackerspace Management Apps

Robert Davidson robert at dallasmakerspace.org
Wed Nov 5 19:33:43 CET 2014

If you are interested in a commercial solution I just implemented  "SmartWaiver" @ Dallas Makerspace 

It's working well for what it is, I wish there was offline caching of waivers but overall it's reliable and gives me the functions I need.

Robert Davidson

> On Nov 5, 2014, at 9:46 AM, Nathaniel Bezanson <myself at telcodata.us> wrote:
> Aha, thanks for the clarification, Josh! 
> I was thinking of (and we've been looking for) something that would perch by the door and replace the paper forms we use for liablity waivers and guest sign-in, which would involve signature capture among other goodies. At that time, also signing up for emails would be a handy option. Ultimate wishlist would be to then let me swipe my RFID tag to complete the sign-in, and print a little label of "HELLO MY NAME IS John Q Guest and my hosting member is Nate Bezanson, this label was printed 2014-11-05 at 10:46am"
> -Nate B-
> Joshua Pritt wrote:
> That was me on that audition tape and it was me who hacked the LAMP based guestbook to "interface" with our mailman mailing list.
> I just took an existing PHP guestbook and added a checkbox and some code that if checked, it would send an email FROM that person's email address TO subscribe at ourmailmanaddress.org with subject SUBSCRIBE.  Then they would get the confirmation email asking if they really want to subscribe just as mailman does then they click the link and they are subscribed.  I didn't put anything on our wiki about it since it was just a simple hack of someone else's guestbook app.
> I forget the name of it.  I think it started with an A like Aurora, or Angora.  It would be easy enough to add the "subscribe to our mailing list" checkbox to any guestbook I would think.  Especially if they are using mailman or similar email based mail lists.
>> On Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 9:54 AM, Nathaniel Bezanson <myself at telcodata.us> wrote:
>> Wild Apricot looks interesting! Membership, billing, and CMS is 3 out of the 5 majors (the other 2 being forums/lists and wiki). I hope that price includes some rock-solid support and lots-of-nines availability, because yeah, it's a chunk of change.
>> I had found Groupspaces early on, which covers everything but wiki, but advised against it because there's utterly no succession plan if they get acquired/dissolved/whatevered. Clouds are known for being somewhat ephemeral, after all! 
>> In hindsight that was probably the wrong call; I think we would've dealt with such a dissolution if that had happened, but in the meantime we've spent years trying to home-grow something that there just isn't enough support behind. 
>> I'm curious if anyone here has experience with Groupspaces or other platforms that provide even more stuff than Wild Apricot. Mostly, how extensible these various systems are -- if you set up your own wiki, for instance, can you have users auth against their Wild Apricot identities? Can the database be coerced into tracking additional info (like RFID key bits) sensibly? 
>> How about guest sign-in systems? Makers Local 256, in their "dream television audition tape" which was posted on a thread here last week, mentioned having written a sign-in system that lets visitors log their details and sign up for emails, but I can't find it documented on their wiki, probably because I'm not searching for the right thing. This is something I think there's a lot of room for development of within the community, and I'd like to hear what's out there before imposing my feature-wishlist on the discussion. :) 
>> -Nate B-
>> Jens wrote:
>> At MakeICT in Kansas, we are using Wild Apricot ($50/month) for member and event management, including payment processing and automating access control for our space, and Wave Accounting (free) for keeping track of our finances.
>> Jens
>> Treasurer, MakeICT
>>> On Tue, Nov 4, 2014 at 10:17 AM, Edward L Platt <ed at elplatt.com> wrote:
>>> Seems like a lot of spaces have developed their own software to help manage things. This Saturday, as part of the Aaron Swartz hackathon, we'll be compiling a list of what's out there, trying out and reviewing as many as possible, and sharing our results.
>>> Know of a good one? Let me know so I can make sure it gets on our list. Also let me know if you're interested in helping out (which you can do from anywhere).
>>> Happy hacking,
>>> -Ed
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