This is a community site for friends of
dancing. Its mission is to give Scottish dancers and dance groups a
simple and inexpensive way to publish events, news, stories, dances,
tunes, and other material of interest to other Scottish dancers or
groups. Participation in my.strathspey is open to everyone and free of
charge — subject to some simple rules.
The software behind my.strathspey is still by no means complete and is
actively developed further. Right now we support the following features:
- »Social networking«
- User profiles, friendship, status updates,
and so on. It may not quite be Facebook, but at least it's free
from advertising and the NSA isn't listening in (as far as we can
tell, anyway). Also we're not in the business of giving your data
away. It's up to you to decide what you want to share and with whom.
- Personal web sites
- Any user can have their own web site, to share
stories, photos, dances, tunes – anything that is too long or
perennial to fit into a status update. (Material from personal web
sites can still be »syndicated« so other users of the site can find
out about it.) This is completely free, and available at the touch
of a button.
- Dance group web sites
- Dance clubs, classes, … can host their web
sites on my.strathspey – again for free. A great way to get published
and organised, to let people know about events and generally what is
going on in your group. Setting this up is not yet automated;
get in touch if you're interested.
Again, this is completely free.
- Event management
- Dance groups can add events – both one-offs like
workshops, day schools, or balls, and regular classes – to the
my.strathspey event database. This means that other site users
(or indeed anyone on the Web) can easily find out about them. It is
even possible to handle event registration (signing up to attend)
via the site, from an online registration form down to printing
lists of attendees for the day.
- Dance group database
- Lists SCD groups by country and on an
interactive map, with contact information for each group (subject
to availability) on separate pages. Powered by the RSCDS
branch/affiliated group finder. Will eventually support
non-affiliated groups as well.
- SCD dance/publication/recordings/albums/tunes database
- This is
probably the best-known aspect of the site, so it's just as well
to mention that it is still there! The database is tightly
integrated with the rest of the site, which makes it possible to
refer to dances, albums etc. in status updates or postings, to
generate dance lists in the database and add them to events as
programmes or class »logs«, and so on.
And we're not going to stop here, either. If you have suggestions for
future features we're eager to hear
about them. In the meantime, sign up, tell your friends, and have fun!
Some sites hosted on the my.strathspey system include:
This site and its adjuncts on strathspey.org are owned and operated by
Tel +49(0) 6131 2752592
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(For our German listeners, this is pursuant to §5 TMG.)