Entertainment Industries, Fannish Practices, Gaming, News Media, Sports, Television, News of Note
Fanlore, Strategic Planning, Wiki Committee, Announcement
If you are a present or past editor for Fanlore, the Strategic Planning Committee needs your input! As part of their information-gathering process, Strategic Planning has put together an anonymous survey for Fanlore editors which they'll be collecting until December 1.
All information you provide to them will be strictly confidential. There's also a long-form box at the end of the survey where you can tell Strategic Planning what you liked and/or did not like about this survey. That information will help them as they move forward with other Organization for Transformative Works committees and workgroups.
Archive of Our Own, Support Committee, Event
Hi! Support here! In fact, Support is always here--when you submit a ticket through the Support and Feedback form we'll respond as soon as possible to register your feature suggestion, pass your bug report on to our coders, or do our best to help you out with a problem. However, when it comes to explaining how to do things or why something doesn't seem to be working right, the formal back-and-forth emails of a Support request aren't always ideal. So, we've decided to try an experiment!
Strategic Planning, Report
Hello from Strategic Planning! We've been very busy since our last update. We have finished running the staff survey for Open Doors, opened surveys for Systems staff and retired Volunteers & Recruiting staff, and are in the middle of interviewing the chair of Systems. We are also about to deploy surveys for Wiki committee staff, Fanlore gardeners, and Fanlore editors very soon.
In addition, we have completed a finished draft of our first report for the Tag Wrangling team. It is currently being reviewed for factual accuracy by the committee. We are also working on drafting our reports for Volunteers & Recruiting and Open Doors as we review the survey results from current staff members of those committees.
Academia, Fanfiction, Fannish Practices, OTW Sightings, News of Note
- Writing for Novis, a "Journal of Communication, Culture & Technology", Sara Levine looks at the PBS OffBook video "Can Fandom Change Society" and focuses on the importance of fanworks. "If I were hired to create a seven minute video explaining fandom to the general public, I would focus on notable examples of the impact that these passionate communities have on their members and, increasingly, the world outside of fandom. Fanfiction would be the first feature because I believe it is the easiest concept to comprehend." More importantly, "[a]n introduction to fan communities would be more effective if it showcased the excitement and creativity fandom can inspire in its members."
Archive of Our Own
The Archive of Our Own will have approximately two hours of planned downtime on 8 November 2012, starting c. 05.30 UTC (see what time that is in your timezone).
During this time we will be installing new discs in our servers, giving us more space to accommodate the demands of serving lots of data to lots of users!
If all goes well with the hardware installation, we will also be deploying new code during this downtime. The new release will include the long-awaited return of the tag filters! We're very excited (and a bit nervous).
Business Models, Entertainment Industries, Fanfiction, OTW Sightings, News of Note
Books, Commercial Works Authors, Music, OTW Sightings, Technology, Television, Zines, News of Note
- Entertainment reporter Ken Baker has written a novel about a pop star dating a fan but in a twist it's the star who stalks the fan. His inspiration was the intimacy provided by social networking in contemporary fandom. "Fans know so much about their idols. The interesting thing is that it doesn't seem to have spoiled the fantasy or dampened their fanaticism. If anything, it seems to only fan the flames of their passion for the celebs. As they say, information is power, and I think fans feel empowered to know so much and become that much more interested in their favorite stars."
Legal Advocacy, Legal Committee, Spotlight
Since OTW's inception over five years ago, our Legal Committee has made significant contributions to the world of transformative works. Most recently, our Legal Committee (with the Electronic Frontier Foundation) secured a DMCA exemption from the U.S. Copyright Office for fanvidders and other non-commercial vid makers. You can read more about this legal victory below or here. The purpose of this Spotlight is to familiarize the public with our legal eagles. The Communications Committee contacted Legal, and Professor Betsy Rosenblatt graciously volunteered to do this Q & A.
Q: What do you do when you're not volunteering for the OTW?
Call for Papers, Conferences, Fan Conventions, Studies, Event
Welcome to our Events Calendar roundup for the months of November and December! The Events Calendar can be found on the OTW website and is open to submissions by anyone with news of an event. These can be viewed by event-type, such as Academic Events, Fan Gatherings, Legal Events, OTW Events, or Technology Events taking place around the world.