The JIS Projects List
This is a compilation of improvements, features, ideas, projects, and
dreams for new development of the JIS. There is clearly no limit on
how this site can grow and improve. If you have thoughts on
improvements that you don't see listed below, please send them here for
If you would like to get involved in tackling one of these projects, or
creating your own, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Send any comments to
- General Thoughts on the JIS
- There's lots that could be done. One of the first
things I need to do is continue putting my ideas into this
file, and perhaps people may offer to do some of them that they
- Ram has offered to update the FAQ, but I need to provide
some input. Both html and text versions would be nice. There
are a lot of things not covered at all in the FAQ that should
be. Some things in it now could perhaps be removed.
- The overall structure of the JIS could use some
rethinking. There are probably too many buttons and links from
the top page, and more new sections are planned. Some things
should be combined.
- A regional view of information would be nice. One could
browse by country, or state or province, and find all clubs,
vendors, and festivals in that area.
- Encourage more regional juggling sites, especially in
non-English languages, such as the Swedish JIS.
- More and better graphics, everywhere. We need an artist
and graphic designer to completely redo many of the sections.
- Extensions to the e-mail services to allow access to
all CGI software, such as search tools, club meeting software,
- An automatically generated Table of Contents for the
entire JIS would be very helpful.
- The Juggling Museum should be created, with historical
images, playbills, reviews, old promotional material, classic
film clips, and other memorabilia. This should include the
section about great jugglers of the past, described below.
- Create an official list of world juggling records,
complete with written explanations for what categories are
included, and what the requirements are for acceptance of a
record. This addresses the ongoing problem of the inaccuracies
and inconsistencies that continue to appear in the Guinness
Book of World Records, and the lack of any other authoritative
body willing to define and maintain such a list.
- We could seek support from vendors, and possibly offer
advertising space to raise some money for additional services.
- Do a better job of organizing and using volunteers.
Contact those who have offered to help, including:
- Ram Prasad (naras-r@acsu.Buffalo.edu)
- Mike Welch (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Rick Torzynski (email@example.com)
- David 'Mort' Mortman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Janell Lehmann (JLEHMANN@dsava.com)
- Al Shaver (email@example.com)
- Juggling Help
- I think what is most needed are help pages for the
beginning jugglers who want to know what to do next. Often
asked for is information on how to do 3 clubs, 4 balls, 5
balls, and 6 club passing.
- More graphics would be nice to enhance this growing body
of information, which is primarily in text and hypertext.
- Jugglers' Home Pages
- The list of jugglers with home pages is one of the
largest files at the JIS. It has gotten nearly useless by
growing so large. As we approach 500 jugglers in the list,
this file needs to be subdivided somehow. Geographically might
be nice, if we can determine how to do it.
- I would like to see further development of the
professional performers section, with many pro acts being
added, such as Airjazz, Dick Franco, Anthony Gatto, Kris Kremo,
Albert Lucas, and Michael Moschen. Several performers have
provided me with material which could be used to create a home
page for them, if someone can find the time to put these
- I'd love to see someone start to
create the historical section for Great Jugglers of the Past,
with pages being created for such acts as Felix Adanos, Ben
Beri, Selma Braatz, Bob Bramson, Francis Brunn, Lottie Brunn,
Rudi Cardenas, Cinquevalli, The Elgins, William Everhart, W.C.
Fields, Serge Flash, Boy Foy, Sergei Ignatov, Kara, Bela Kremo,
Trixie Larue, Bobby May, Mel Odey, Enrico Rastelli, Three
Swifts, and Massimiliano Truzzi. This can be done as a
Juggling Hall of Fame. Andrew Conway has volunteered to get it
- The e-mail home page service is quite popular, serving
about 70 otherwise homeless jugglers. But a complete revision
using forms to allow interactive creation and editing of text
and hypertext pages would be a welcome improvement. Binaries
will continue to be a problem, but they could still be handled
by the e-mail service, or by cutting and pasting uuencode'd
text into the forms.
- News and Old News
- There are now available packages for news archive
browsing via the web that are much superior to the simple tools
I created quickly for this purpose. HURL is one of them.
Converting to something like this would be good, and would
allow threaded browsing, sending public and private responses
- Links to various local juggling mailing lists could be
compiled here. Several clubs have such lists, as well as some
regional organizations. There are juggling mailing lists in
English, German, French, Spanish, and Japanese. We can provide
info on all of them, and possibly archive some of them. I have
the complete German mailing list that could be archived. There
are also related mailing lists, such as for balloon modeling.
- The news/mail gateway at Petawawa should be moved to the
JIS, if anyone has experience in setting up a Majordomo mailing
list. Steve Joyce has offered to continue to maintain it.
- Picture Gallery
- This could use a dedicated regular maintainer, if not
for the whole section, than for each subsection, such as
cartoons, promo pics, action shots, etc. Someone with access
to a good scanner, and some knowledge of image processing and
WWW concerns would be great to find. This could be a much more
popular section if someone put work into it, and made regular
- Movie Theater
- This could also use a dedicated regular maintainer, by
someone with the tools to generate MPEG's from video.
Unfortunately, we are pushing the technology here, and there
are still few people who can play high quality MPEG's,
especially with embedded sound. As this technology becomes
more accessible, we will want to greatly expand our offerings
of quality juggling videos.
- Juggler's Mall
- Ian Rutson maintains this section. Any suggestions on
this section should go directly to him, at
- We could attempt to help more vendors get online.
- Rupert Voelcker is already maintaining this section
diligently. Any suggestions on this section should go directly
to him, at
- One thing we might try to do is actively seek an e-mail
contact person for each festival, as we are attempting to do
for club meetings. If the organizers do not have e-mail
access, it is likely we can find someone nearby who attends,
who could serve as the e-mail contact. This would be very
convenient for online jugglers, but would also allow us to
contact these people after their festival is over, to get
information on next year's event, assuming there is one. Most
festivals are held annually, so we should try to always have
information on the next one available, without waiting to be
given the information.
- We could prepare documents to assist people who are
putting on a festival, or who would like to try to do one.
Gather some collective wisdom, and put it in a document. There
were recently posts by thomasl on this, but others have made
suggestions as well. We could find someone interested in
compiling these into a single document, and have them use the
festival archives to find past and upcoming festival organizers
to contact for input. THe resulting document could become part
of the festival section.
- Club Meetings
- This needs someone to do the ongoing maintainance of
processing the mail messages that come in with updates.
- As a one time project, we need to actively seek out an
e-mail contact person at each club that does not yet have one,
as that is essential to opening up communication between the
clubs and the JIS, as well as a world-wide network of jugglers,
whether they are on the net or not.
- Produce maps of the world, countries, and states and
provinces, showing the locations of all juggling clubs. For
all clubs in the US, generate local maps, and where possible,
detailed street maps, with the precise location of each club
noted. [This is mostly done for the US, but the rest of the
world is still to do.]
- When similar map data for other countries becomes
available, provide such detailed maps for all juggling clubs in
- Create a form to answer the question, "What juggling
clubs are near me?" Allow the entry of a distance value to
define near, and a way to identify one's location, and return a
list of all juggling clubs within that range, with a map
showing the location of each. [This is now mostly done, but
needs more work.]
- We could prepare documents to assist people who are
trying to create a local juggling club. Gather some collective
wisdom, and put it in a document.
- Magazine Rack
- Getting more magazines archived as is being done for
Juggler's World would be nice. Gabi Keast has offered to
provide Kaskade, Grant Mathieson has offered The Flying Kiwi,
and Ben Decker has offered to cooperate with Two Ply Press.
Kym Kaos is thinking about providing Oz Juggle, but has some
concerns. We need to get The Catch online, so we can begin
talking to them as well.
- Juggler's World Archive
- There are many more issues of Juggler's World that need
conversion to HTML, and much image scanning still to do for
many of those that are available in hypertext only.
- Try to get volunteers organized on this, as it is a
significantly time-consuming project.
- Juggling in the Media
- Clean up, correct, and update the media information.
- Maintain bibliographies of juggling books, magazine
- Maintain lists of juggling scenes in movies.
- Compile indexes of commercially available video tapes,
such as are in the
indexes produced by Jim Barlow.
- Juggling Library. Combine magazines, books, essays,
movie and video info, and other similar reference material into
a complete Juggling Reference Library.
- Carey Bunks
- Kit Summers
- Anna Jillings
- Juggling Software
- Add screen images for all software, so people have some
idea what the software will look like. If possible, show
animations of the software in action.
- Make use of Java site swap viewers in documents that
discuss site swaps or simple juggling patterns, as it gives us
a simple way of including inline animations that display these
- Organize a major collective software project to create
the best possible juggling program, portable and free. I have
considerable input on features that might be included.
- Find a maintainer for the organizations section, and
collect additional organizations to include.
- Create subsections for these organizations, such as
the EJA, NZJA, CJA, and any others interested.
- Search for Any Words or Phrases
- Upgrade the JIS search tool to use the latest version of
glimpse, and take advantage of any new features that we can.
- About the Juggling Information Service
- Update the acknowledgements page, which has many
- Create a separate FAQ for the JIS itself.
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