Earlier today, we were combing through a list of hackerspaces and makerspaces on hackerspaces.org looking for spaces to add to our own directory. The thing was, most, if not all of them, seemed like amazing, community-based organizations that fit our criteria. And on top of that, hackerspaces.org already had a well-curated, easily-sortable list that contained all the information we were hoping to share with our visitors. Instead of cherry-picking a few, particularly public, spaces from their list, we decided it was better to simply link to their entire list through our organizations section.
Hackerspaces.org defines a hackerspace as a “community-operated physical place, where people can meet and work on their projects.” Many of the spaces on the list also define themselves as makerspaces. Some of them explicitly highlight their connection with visual and performing artists. Most of these spaces are membership-based, but have very open policies towards the community at large. In some cases, membership guarantees 24-hour access to the space, but the general public is welcome to drop-in whenever the space is open. As you can see, these organizations display many of the characteristics that FfIPS is looking for in indoor public spaces. What’s more, the list is truly international with spaces — some of them offering residence options — listed for Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Scotland, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Togo, United Kingdom, and the United States.
The list itself also has a number of cool features. For example, it is linked to a world map and is sortable by any of its columns. But the best feature — and the one that made us realize it would be a travesty to duplicate, in a lesser form, the fine work that had already been done on this site — was the automatic ‘last updated’ column, which lets you know which spaces still have a lively web presence. While we plan to confirm that our links are active once a month, doing it automatically is beyond our technical expertise. If our organization gets big enough, we would love to get a lesson on how to build such a lovely and functional directory.
Way to go, Hackerspaces.org!
UPDATE: April 9, 2014: We found another albeit shorterlist here: http://hackaday.io/hackerspaces/