Digital infrastructure

MatthewCroughan edited this page Nov 14, 2018 · 10 revisions

In addition to the physical Rooms here is a summary of the information services that we rely on. A lot of it is kept in github projects under the DoES Liverpool organization github account. If you sign up to github and you can be added to the team as a member in order to maintain the wiki, issues list and codebase. The people who maintain these things can be found in the partial list of members.

Software that is not to do with the whole hack-space, such as that which runs the laser cutters or vinyl cutters, is noted for each piece of equipment.

Wiki at github.com/DoESLiverpool/wiki

Place for this page and other things, such as our lists of equipment and instructions on how to use them. This stuff needs to be kept up to date as things change and acquire more knowledge about the equipment that needs to be shared.

(The content used to be hosted wiki.doesliverpool.com, but few people got accounts on it, and even fewer kept it up to date, so it was migrated pursuant to issue 97 )

Issues list at github.com/DoESLiverpool/somebody-should

This is the general-purpose hack-space debugger to report, for example, if the coffee maker has broken. Stuff we're going to buy often gets discussed here.

Website at https://doesliverpool.com/

This is the official website for DoES Liverpool. It contains some general information that would be considered useful for new visitors and is our main promotion portal. The domains and this website are hosted by 34sp in an account that the Organisers all have access to.

The weeknotes are generated semi-automatically on Mondays using the https://github.com/DoESLiverpool/weeknote-generator code on the basis of people who tweet a message (preferably with a picture) with the hashtag #weeknotes who's account is followed by the DoESLiverpool twitter account. Generally the DoES Liverpool twitter account will follow anyone who follows it but ask one of the [[Organisers] if you have issues, then start weeknoting!

Weeknotes are also sent to the Google Group, Facebook and posted on Linked In (by Adrian)

Various Web Listings

See Web Listings

Doorbot

Our system of controlling entry to the rooms and tracking who's coming in when (for billing purposes if you have chosen to pay on a day-rate). It uses keyfobs or your RFID credit card. The code is at: https://github.com/DoESLiverpool/logcards the entry list is maintained by the Organisers and you should contact them if you need access. Most people will be given a key fob that gives them access during business hours and 24 hour access can be given on payment of a deposit.

The maintenance of the access list is not automated enough issue 166.

Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram)

All of the Organisers have access to the Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts. The Twitter and Instagram accounts are reasonably active. The Facebook account is less active although it does receive the week notes and Instagram posts and we're looking at putting more things on there.

Slack and IRC

IRC is not really used any longer although there is still a #doesliverpool channel on the Freenode network that a few people hang about in.

There are more people on slack, although again it doesn't get a lot of activity. You can sign up for Slack here: http://slack.doesliverpool.com That is hosted on Heroku, at least John McKerrell and Patrick Fenner have access to the Heroku account for that site.

Networking

The incoming fibre should provide 500MB/second and comes into the room in the networking rack behind the meeting nook.

The network comes into the Baltic Broadband router which gives us a 192.168.1.x IP currently (we are waiting on a static IP) and then our router is in front of that running in the 10.x.x.x range.

You should be using DHCP with our network and you will be served an IP anywhere from 10.0.29.1 - 10.0.32.254. The gateway should be picked up as 10.0.0.1 and subnet as 255.0.0.0.

Our router, switches and access points are configured via the UniFi controller which is installed on a raspberry pi in the network rack and accessible from https://10.0.0.2:8443/. One of the organisers or @skos-ninja has the login and can configure or reset things as needed.

We have three Unifi access points covering each of Room 29, the Events Room and the main space.

Services

The main MQTT broker is running from a RaspberryPI at the front room beside the TV.
See MQTT services for progress with it.

An SMB server is running on a FreeNAS installation at IP 10.0.39.222 or at freenas.local where users of the space can easily share files with all of the working machines on the network. This should not be treated as permanent storage, as files can be viewed and deleted by other users. the Nextcloud service we have is more suitable for that sort of usage.

Calendars and booking

The front page website has some embedded calendars: https://doesliverpool.com/calendar/ We have google calendars known as (1) the events calendar, (2) small laser cutter calendar, (3) large laser cutter calendar.

There is also (1) laser cutting booking system for both lasers, under https://doesliverpool.youcanbook.me/ and (2) the Dinky room booking system at https://newdinky.youcanbook.me/

Some of our events show up in defnetmedia liverpool digital events calendar, a number of people including Adrian McEwen and John McKerrell have access to this calendar and try to copy events over when they remember.

Accounts and billing

This is mostly managed by Seán Gleeson, the administrator, using an on-line accounting system called FreeAgent. As a member or occasional visitor who buys time on the laser cutter, you will receive by email PDF invoices (and reminders if you haven't paid) urging you to transfer money into our Co-op bank account. Please include payment references to make it easier to reconcile the statements.

At the end of the year we need to file our accounts with the tax office and with companies house.

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