What are Makerspaces, Hackerspaces, and Fab Labs?

24 Pages Posted: 13 Jan 2015 Last revised: 13 Jul 2018

Date Written: November 7, 2014

Abstract

Makerspaces, hackerspaces, and fab labs each developed independently but have appeared to converge towards a similar structure and use. Each can be characterized as a community workshop where members share access to tools in order to produce physical goods. At present, researchers are divided on whether to treat the three concepts as distinct or synonymous, meaning that clarification is needed for research to move forward. The present analysis uses content analysis on the self-definitions of makerspaces, hackerspaces, and fab labs to locate similarities and differences between the three organization types. The results are clear that the three are substantially similar, although differences are explored.

Keywords: Makerspace, Maker Movement, Hackerspace, Fab Lab

Suggested Citation

van Holm, Eric Joseph, What are Makerspaces, Hackerspaces, and Fab Labs? (November 7, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2548211 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2548211

Eric Joseph Van Holm (Contact Author)

University of New Orleans ( email )

2000 Lakeshore Dr.
New Orleans, LA 70122
United States

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