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This wiki has a tremendous amount of information: http://hackerspaces.org/wiki/H…..ckerspaces
Our neighbors down the Thruway have a modest makerspace. Many of you have probably seen this site, but for those of us who have not check it out. You can see what they offer, charge, do, and how they engage the community: http://www.buffalolab.org/blog/
Also found this image which is a great visual tool to describe a makerspace. Imagine what Jon could do……
February 7, 2012
Jon's been in touch with Buffalo Lab and we both want to visit it soon. Someone just needs to pick a weeknight to go after work. I also want to go see the Fayetteville library's "Fab Lab" which is near Syracuse, Artisan's Asylum near Boston and MakeIt Labs in Nashua NH.
This forum has issues and we've had some long discussions about it. But the only one other good one that integrates with Wordpress and is actively supported doesn't allow you to upload images or videos at all. This forum's developers have a good track record and have been constantly rolling out fixes and improvements. Plus, it will probably take ME at least 5 to 12 hours to migrate to a new one. So we're going to stick with this one for now unless someone comes up with a clearly superior solution and has the time and skills needed to make a switch.
Artisan's Asylum's Wiki also has a tremendous amount of helpful information. If you study it I think you'll agree with me that they really have their act together. Gui, their leader, is willing to help us by answering questions and he has invited us to visit.
The terms makespace and hackerspace are often used as if they mean the same thing. But IMHO they are not because maker spaces are usually mostly about tools, workspace and making a wide variety of physical things. While hackerspaces tend to be more about computers and electronics. Ideology also seems to be a big part of true hackerspaces.
If you would like to learn more about the hacker ethic and history of hackerspaces then I highly recommend you read a 69-page PDF titled "Founding a Hackerspace" that you can find here. It also describes how a number of hackerspaces got started and how they're run. And it contains the business plan for MakerIt Labs in Nashua, which was originally started as a for-profit maker/hackerspace in Lowell MA. It's now a nonprofit.
I brought that up because a while ago I looked at Buffalo Lab's web site and they seemed to be a typical classic hackerspace. But now they seemed to becoming more like a maker space with a much great emphasis tools and equipment.
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