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S Charlesworth
My theory on membership management and RFID access software is it's like with web frameworks. There's never going to be 'the' web framework. Everybody's going to think they can do better and try to do better, or at least think 'it's more fun to roll my own'. Every hackerspace or makerspace should have their own homegrown project, preferably in part stitched together clown's pants style from other hackerspaces' efforts. And that's beautiful, man.

All that said yeah Seltzer or CiviCRM seem to have fans.

Steve
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Bloominglabs
Author of YARS (yet another RFID system)

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Today's Topics:

   1. Member and event management systems (Dominic Canare)
   2. Re: Member and event management systems (Pete Prodoehl)
   3. Re: Member and event management systems
      (Matthew "mirage335" Hines)
   4. Re: Member and event management systems (Joshua Pritt)
   5. Re: Member and event management systems (Edward L Platt)


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Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2016 19:03:34 -0500
From: Dominic Canare <[hidden email]>
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It's been a little while since we talked about this, and I wonder if new
information or tools are available.

What are people using to manage their members, payments, equipment
authorizations, events and signups, donations, etc?

We've been using WildApricot for the past few years. It does many things,
but all of them are a little lacking. We have a bunch of work-arounds and
custom tools built around their API's to make it easier for our
administrators, but it's become a bit cumbersome to maintain, and the price
keeps going up.

Looking for suggestions!

*Dominic Canare*
Immediate Past President, MakeICT
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Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2016 19:12:21 -0500
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Milwaukee Makerspace uses Wild Apricot, though I had nothing to do with
the implementation. (I'm copying the people who did, in the hopes they
can chime in.)


Pete


On 9/9/16 7:03 PM, Dominic Canare wrote:
> It's been a little while since we talked about this, and I wonder if
> new information or tools are available.
>
> What are people using to manage their members, payments, equipment
> authorizations, events and signups, donations, etc?
>
> We've been using WildApricot for the past few years. It does many
> things, but all of them are a little lacking. We have a bunch of
> work-arounds and custom tools built around their API's to make it
> easier for our administrators, but it's become a bit cumbersome to
> maintain, and the price keeps going up.
>
> Looking for suggestions!
>
> *Dominic Canare*
> Immediate Past President, MakeICT
>
>


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Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2016 20:15:12 -0400
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You may wish to request an invite to the National Organization of Makers
slack channel. This has been recognized as a unsolved problem in need of
dedicated technology. An active development effort is underway to begin
an extensive Odoo based platform without lock-in.


On 09/09/16 08:03 PM, Dominic Canare wrote:
> It's been a little while since we talked about this, and I wonder if
> new information or tools are available.
>
> What are people using to manage their members, payments, equipment
> authorizations, events and signups, donations, etc?
>
> We've been using WildApricot for the past few years. It does many
> things, but all of them are a little lacking. We have a bunch of
> work-arounds and custom tools built around their API's to make it
> easier for our administrators, but it's become a bit cumbersome to
> maintain, and the price keeps going up.
>
> Looking for suggestions!
>
> *Dominic Canare*
> Immediate Past President, MakeICT
>
>
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Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2016 20:46:11 -0400
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Melbourne Makerspace has been using the open source Seltzer (built at
another hackerspace!) specifically for running 'spaces with little to no
training and volunteer time.
I am currently trying to build a member photo module that lets other
members pull up the photos of a selected member since we have so many
members now it's hard to remember their names!

https://github.com/elplatt/seltzer

I wrote some PHP that queries the Seltzer database that is called from a
Python script I wrote that runs on a raspberry Pi with an RFID scanner we
use for our front door lock.
It's been working great for over a year now!

https://wiki.melbournemakerspace.org/projects/RFIDDoorLock




On Fri, Sep 9, 2016 at 8:15 PM, Matthew "mirage335" Hines <
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> You may wish to request an invite to the National Organization of Makers
> slack channel. This has been recognized as a unsolved problem in need of
> dedicated technology. An active development effort is underway to begin an
> extensive Odoo based platform without lock-in.
>
> On 09/09/16 08:03 PM, Dominic Canare wrote:
>
> It's been a little while since we talked about this, and I wonder if new
> information or tools are available.
>
> What are people using to manage their members, payments, equipment
> authorizations, events and signups, donations, etc?
>
> We've been using WildApricot for the past few years. It does many things,
> but all of them are a little lacking. We have a bunch of work-arounds and
> custom tools built around their API's to make it easier for our
> administrators, but it's become a bit cumbersome to maintain, and the price
> keeps going up.
>
> Looking for suggestions!
>
> *Dominic Canare*
> Immediate Past President, MakeICT
>
>
> _______________________________________________
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Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2016 21:48:33 -0400
From: Edward L Platt <[hidden email]>
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What is the National Organization of Makers?

On Fri, Sep 9, 2016 at 8:46 PM, Joshua Pritt <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Melbourne Makerspace has been using the open source Seltzer (built at
> another hackerspace!) specifically for running 'spaces with little to no
> training and volunteer time.
> I am currently trying to build a member photo module that lets other
> members pull up the photos of a selected member since we have so many
> members now it's hard to remember their names!
>
> https://github.com/elplatt/seltzer
>
> I wrote some PHP that queries the Seltzer database that is called from a
> Python script I wrote that runs on a raspberry Pi with an RFID scanner we
> use for our front door lock.
> It's been working great for over a year now!
>
> https://wiki.melbournemakerspace.org/projects/RFIDDoorLock
>
>
>
>
> On Fri, Sep 9, 2016 at 8:15 PM, Matthew "mirage335" Hines <
> [hidden email]> wrote:
>
>> You may wish to request an invite to the National Organization of Makers
>> slack channel. This has been recognized as a unsolved problem in need of
>> dedicated technology. An active development effort is underway to begin an
>> extensive Odoo based platform without lock-in.
>>
>> On 09/09/16 08:03 PM, Dominic Canare wrote:
>>
>> It's been a little while since we talked about this, and I wonder if new
>> information or tools are available.
>>
>> What are people using to manage their members, payments, equipment
>> authorizations, events and signups, donations, etc?
>>
>> We've been using WildApricot for the past few years. It does many things,
>> but all of them are a little lacking. We have a bunch of work-arounds and
>> custom tools built around their API's to make it easier for our
>> administrators, but it's become a bit cumbersome to maintain, and the price
>> keeps going up.
>>
>> Looking for suggestions!
>>
>> *Dominic Canare*
>> Immediate Past President, MakeICT
>>
>>
>> _______________________________________________
>> Discuss mailing listDiscuss@lists.hackerspaces.orghttp://lists.hackerspaces.org/mailman/listinfo/discuss
>>
>>
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