With the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, we are starting a project to develop such a system: ATHENA Tix, an open source, community-developed event ticketing system.
ATHENA Tix will be software and the infrastructure necessary to make that software work. It will be product documentation, well documented APIs, and sample integrations and configurations. It will be freely shared source code, collaboratively-developed specifications, open defect tracking and a public complaint box. Most importantly, ATHENA Tix will be a community. It will be the developers, implementers, user organizations and affiliates who plan and design the system together, develop it collaboratively and share best practices of how to use it to sell tickets.