[hackerspaces] Announcing the Space Directory (SpaceAPI Fork)

Silence Dogood matt at nycresistor.com
Fri Jan 20 21:08:11 CET 2017

https://github.com/spacedirectory/directory  is that supposed to be empty?

On Fri, Jan 20, 2017 at 3:02 PM, Danilo <mail at dbrgn.ch> wrote:

> Hi all
> Those of you that have been involved with the SpaceAPI[1] in the last
> 2-3 years probably took notice that any related development has
> essentially stalled. I personally did multiple attempts at improving the
> situation and was in contact with the main developer, but with no
> tangible results. The directory[2] was frequently offline, inconsistent
> or incomplete (at the time of this writing the response returns with
> HTTP 200 but closes prematurely without any content). Pull requests with
> updates to the data about hackerspaces were not merged for months or
> even years. Same thing with pull requests regarding website content.
> Some of them were even merged but never deployed.
> There were a few attempts at improving the situation, e.g. Fixme[3]
> hosts their own fork[4] of the directory used by the MyHackerspace
> app[5] which is actually reliable in contrast to the official one. But
> it's not a good long-term solution, since many pull requests are still
> directed against the official directory. We also contacted the original
> author multiple times, trying to get more maintainers onboard, but that
> didn't work out either.
> At the Chaos Communication Congress last December, we (some people from
> Coredump[6] and Fixme[3]) met and discussed a full friendly-fork of the
> SpaceAPI. After some discussions we ended up with this:
> https://spacedirectory.org/
> The Space Directory has the same goals as the SpaceAPI: Providing an API
> specification for sharing data across hackerspaces, fablabs, chaostreffs
> and makerspaces across the world. We try to enable easy integration into
> opening status systems, door locks, webcams, sensors, and so on. It
> should provide a unified interface to get contact information for
> hackerspaces. And the project should also showcase interesting
> implementations / integrations.
> Our current project status:
> - We created a Github organization: https://github.com/spacedirectory
> - We published a website: https://spacedirectory.org/
> - We host the directory on a reliable server: https://spaceapi.fixme.ch/
>   (will probably also be hosted on spacedirectory.org in the future)
> - We maintain a fork of the API specification, ported to the current
>   JSON Schema version (IETF draft 4):
>   https://github.com/spacedirectory/schema
> - We provide API documentation automatically generated from the schema
>   files: https://spacedirectory.org/pages/docs.html
> - We started porting over the "apps" page:
>   https://spacedirectory.org/pages/apps.html It's not complete yet, but
>   we'll get there.
> - We started writing a new schema validator:
>   https://github.com/spacedirectory/validator
> The Github organization currently has 4 members, so the bus factor is
> already up by 300%. But we're still looking for contributors! If you
> would like to push the SpaceAPI ecosystem ahead, feel free to take a
> look at the projects in our Github organization. For general discussion,
> open an issue in the Meta-Project[7]. If you want to become part of the
> Github organization, contact me or open an issue in the Meta-Project[7].
> Last but not least, we'd like to thank Slopjong for the countless hours
> he has put into the original SpaceAPI project. It's great what he
> achieved and we'll continue his efforts! Thank you :)
> We're happy about any feedback or ideas related to the project, be it
> here or on Github :)
> Danilo (Coredump Hackerspace, Switzerland)
> [1] http://spaceapi.net/
> [2] http://spaceapi.net/directory.json
> [3] https://fixme.ch/
> [4]
> http://lists.hackerspaces.org/pipermail/spaceapi-devel/2016-
> April/000157.html
> [5] https://github.com/fixme-lausanne/MyHackerspace
> [6] https://www.coredump.ch/
> [7] https://github.com/spacedirectory/meta/issues
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