Anselm Lingnau

MiniCribs in the Strathspey SCD Database are now up to version 25.05!


· · Posted by Anselm Lingnau · 15 June 2015 13:41

Anselm Lingnau

“Activity flags” for Person records in the database (i.e., whether somebody is a dance author, publisher, tune composer, or recording musician) are now set automatically according to the content of the database (i.e., a person counts as a dance author if and only if there are dances in the database that are credited to them). This is intended to avoid problems where editors add people to the database without checking the appropriate boxes, which means that the corresponding tabs on the person's detail page will not be active.

This is more subtle than it seems because we need to take into account that someone can be a dance author by virtue of being part of a group of people (with a separate database entry) who co-devised a dance (and so on for the other entry types).

The activity flags for all Person entries in the database are updated once a day (night, really). For the time being, activity flags can still be set manually on a person's entry in the administration UI, but will be overwritten on the next update.

As a fringe benefit, it is now possible to edit group membership information in the administration UI. This functionality has been long overdue and is now finally available.


· · Posted by Anselm Lingnau · 14 March 2015 19:32 (last edited on 14 March 2015 19:34)

Anselm Lingnau

MiniCribs in the Strathspey SCD DB are now up to version 25.03.


· · Posted by Anselm Lingnau · 3 March 2015 9:49

Anselm Lingnau

The database now has the current version of MiniCribs. There were some minor problems with the update process that needed to be sorted out, most of which had to do with the Django 1.7 update, and that resulted in a fairly long delay. But I hope that future updates will proceed a lot faster!

The automated import process manages to connect approximately 97% of the 4500+ cribs to the corresponding dances in the database. The vast majority of the remaining cribs belongs to dances that we don't yet have in the database; we're working on getting these added, and at that point they will hopefully also be imported correctly.


· · Posted by Anselm Lingnau · 13 February 2015 14:37 (last edited on 13 February 2015 14:38)

Anselm Lingnau

Just secured the domain name “”. This means that I'm now in a position to offer free domain registrations of the form “” if anyone is interested.

I'm probably going to add “” as an alias of “” just for kicks.


· · Posted by Anselm Lingnau · 4 February 2015 12:10

Anselm Lingnau

Videos for dance lists are back! In the Strathspey SCD Database, You can now select the “Videos” tab on a dance list detail page and see videos for all the dances that have them.

Generally, the video shown for a dance is the one with the highest quality level. If there are several videos at the highest quality level for that dance (e.g., several “Good” ones when no “Demonstration quality” video exists) then one of those is chosen at random.

Eventually we want to introduce an “Editor's Pick” badge where we explicitly designate one of the available videos as the preferred one to be used in contexts like the dance list “Videos” tab.


· · Posted by Anselm Lingnau · 1 February 2015 15:50

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays (RSCDS News)

This year has been particularly good for Scottish Country Dancing, and we couldn't be more thrilled at the level of engagement from enthusiastic dancers around the globe. From our ever-popular Summer School, which attracts hundreds of dancers worldwide, to the Commonwealth Ceilidh being observed across five continents, this year achieved a truly global presence, and we have all of you to thank for…

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· · Posted by RSCDS News · 19 December 2014 18:00

Dance Revision (RSCDS News)

Please note the following amendment to Miss Gibson's Strathspey (Leaflet Book p.21): Bars 17-24 should end '…to finish in the middle of the set, facing opposite sides.'

Visit our Dance Revision Page.

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· · Posted by RSCDS News · 17 December 2014 12:00

Winter Office Hours, Bargain Bin & Last Minute Shop Orders (RSCDS News)

The RSCDS office will be closed from 5pm on Friday December 19th, and will be re-opening on January 5th. If you would like to get in touch with any member of staff, please do so before the office closes for the holiday season.

If you are looking to purchase an item from the store, please be aware that we will not be processing any orders after December 19th. If you would like anything delivered…

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· · Posted by RSCDS News · 11 December 2014 18:00

Branch Awards 2014 (RSCDS News)

Please be advise that the recipients' list for the Branch Awards has been updated.

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· · Posted by RSCDS News · 10 December 2014 18:00

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