Archive of Our Own
We've been talking a lot recently about how much the AO3 has expanded over the last few months. One easy statistic for us to lay our hands on is the number of registered accounts, but this only represents a tiny portion of site activity. Our awesome sys-admin James_ has been doing some number crunching with our server logs to establish just how much we've grown, and provided us with the following stats (numbers for June not yet available). Thanks to hele for making them into pretty graphs!
Visitors to the AO3
Survey Research, Report
About the answers
This week on Survey Sunday, as requested, we're releasing the first batch of AO3 related questions. These were:
Fanfiction, Music, News Media, News of Note
Here's a roundup of musical fandom stories in the news that might be of interest to fans:
Audio Fanworks, Fanfiction, Intellectual Property, Legal Advocacy, Announcement
There are a number of discussions in fan circles right now regarding the Random House Audio Fan Fiction Contest being held at this year's San Diego Comic-Con International. The publisher is offering fan fiction authors the opportunity to record their own original work of fan fiction during Comic-Con for a chance to have their work published as a downloadable audio book on their website or featured in a Random House podcast.
Fanart, Fanfiction, Intellectual Property, Television, News of Note
Here's a roundup of legal stories in the news that might be of interest to fans:
Books, Commercial Works Authors, Fanfiction, News of Note
Here's a roundup of fanfiction in the news that might be of interest to fans:
Strategic Planning, Report
Hello from the Strategic Planning workgroup! Things are proceeding apace for us, albeit slightly more slowly than we expected. We have an internal schedule that has us delivering the final strategic plan report document to the org as a whole in December 2012. We anticipate that this schedule may change, since as a group (and as an organization), we're obviously having to create, adopt, and adapt processes as we go.
Currently we’re prioritizing doing tasks well -- and with as little undue pressure on staff and volunteers as possible -- over doing them quickly. If our timeline for delivery changes, we will provide updates.
Things done this month
Systems Committee, Announcement
The OTW Board announces with regret the resignation of Sidra, the co-chair and technical lead of our Systems committee, who has been one of our senior technical staff members from our early days. She has supported virtually all our projects with her vast technical skills and immense generosity with her time, and has been one of the foremost contributors to the Archive of Our Own.
Sidra is staying on as a consultant with Systems, so she is not vanishing completely, but we're hugely grateful to her for all her work and want to thank her publicly for her years of incredible service to the org, and we hope all our members and the users of our varied projects will join us in those thanks!
Newsletter, OTW Sections
I. THE FANDOM IS COMING! THE FANDOM IS COMING!
Our top OTW story for June has to be the growing crush of users and user hopefuls at the AO3 and the resulting groans from our favorite fanworks ship. It was all hands on deck, primarily for those on the Accessibility, Design and Technology and Systems committees, but also from Support and Communications, who posted and tweeted about the problems to keep users in the loop, handled user questions and fed reported issues to our team of coders.
Business Models, Commercialization of Fans, Fanart, Fanfiction, Movies, Music, News of Note
Here's a roundup of age of fandom stories in the news that might be of interest to fans: