Abstract

This paper describes a peer-production movement, the hackerspace movement, its members and values. The emergence of hackerspaces, fablabs and makerspaces is changing how hacker communities and other like-minded communities function. Thus, an understanding of the nature of hackerspaces helps in detailing the features of contemporary peer-production. Building on previous work on ’fabbing’, two different sets of results are presented: (1) empirical observations from a longitudinal study of hackerspace participants; and (2) a theoretical description of hacker generations as a larger context in which peer-production can be located. With regard to (1), research data has been collected through prolonged observation of hackerspace communities and two surveys.

Keywords

hackerspace makerspace fablab community open source motivation survey fabbing peer-production movement sustainability 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jarkko Moilanen
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  1. 1.School of Information SciencesUniversity of TampereTampereenFinland

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