Who? Why?

Who are you?

The map is set up and maintained by me, Chris Rust, one half of Break a Leg! Before I retired from paid employment I was a designer and academic and a lot of my work was concerned with communication and digital media although I’m not an expert on internet technology.

Why are you doing this?

I am fascinated by communication and design and particularly the new ways that the World Wide Web has created for people to share knowledge and learn about the world. I’m also a mapaholic.

I started this map as a personal project, a way of listing folk clubs that we might visit and play at, but soon I realised that there were tools that could be used to make it a public map and it was an interesting challenge to see if that could work.

So it’s exciting that so many people have pitched in and helped to make it a success so far and I hope it will go on. To do that I’ll probably have to consider how to automate it more so that I don’t have to do a lot of work to keep it running.

I don’t make any money from this, it costs me some time and effort which I am pleased to give for the fun and community-building that it creates.

Some people see projects like this as a way to make an income, usually through advertising, but that is not my priority. I’ve decided that it is important for this to be a non-commercial project so people will trust it and not think there is a hidden agenda. In future I may ask people visiting the site to donate to a charity if they appreciate the effort that has gone into it.

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