[Tagging] Coworking space: amenity vs. office ?

Blake Girardot bgirardot at gmail.com
Thu Jan 5 12:35:37 UTC 2017

On Thu, Jan 5, 2017 at 11:59 AM, Tom Pfeifer <t.pfeifer at computer.org> wrote:
> On 05.01.2017 10:31, Martin Koppenhoefer wrote:
>>> On 5 Jan 2017, at 04:58, Eugene Alvin Villar <seav80 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Coworking spaces are targeted towards white-collar office desk jobs
>> +1, this is also what comes to my mind when I hear coworking. I propose to
>> use office=coworking for those that are offices, and if you come along a
>> different kind of place where people are working together without being in
>> the same company you'll have to invent a new tag for these particular
>> different kind of places, e.g. there's already something for collective
>> bicycle repair (where coworking isn't a typical term to refer to).
> However, using office=coworking blocks this key for a description what is
> being done in these offices. So it mixes values of describing the trade with
> how the work is organised.
> thus we could have:
> * office=graphics_design + coworking=yes
>   or even keep the amenity tag for the facility:
> * office=software_development + amenity=coworking(_space)

Just to again add my understanding here: Coworking spaces are usually
not activity specific, that is the point, they are a mix of folks
doing whatever it is they do, programming, design, etc.

office=graphics_design + coworking=yes does not make sense in the
context of actual co-working spaces. that is much closer to describing
how some graphic design firm is doing its office layout.

Yes, there might be some edge cases where a co-working space is
designed specifically for a particular trade like woodworking or metal
work, but as mentioned those are usually maker spaces. But any
coworking space that supports office work would usually support any
type of office work and would not say "only accountants can cowork


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