Committees & Workgroups
The OTW is organized into committees and workgroups, which are all made up of volunteers. Each committee and workgroup has a specific focus, though most work together in supporting various OTW projects and contributing to the success of the organization. If you're interested in giving of your time to support the OTW, check the volunteer listings to see if there's an open position that matches your skills and interests. The OTW committees and workgroups are:
Chair: Sherry Nehmer
Handles abuse functions for the Archive of Our Own, such as complaints and Terms of Service violations.
Accessibility, Design, & Technology
Coordinates software design and development on behalf of the Organization for Transformative Works. The main project currently occupying the Committee is the creation of an open-source software package, OTW-Archive, to build and support the Archive of Our Own.
Co-chairs: Claudia Rebaza and Curtis Jefferson
Handles press releases, newsletters, blog posts, media contacts, and other tasks related to promoting our various projects. Additionally, promotes communication within the OTW itself, keeping information flowing between the various committees.
Chair: Rebecca Tushnet
Designs and implements the Terms of Service and other content policies for the Archive of Our Own.
Development & Membership
Chair: Kristen Murphy
Handles fundraising and membership-building for the organization. Also maintains our secure database of member and donor information, and ensures that each member is able to vote in OTW elections.
Fan Video & Multimedia Committee
Chair: Tisha Turk
Manages the OTW’s projects related to video and multimedia from all fannish traditions, including information and resources for creators and scholars, embeds at the AO3, oral histories of vidding, a test suite of fair use vids to help with legal advocacy, and a dark archive for the storage and protection of fan video.
Chair: Cat Meier & Nikisha Sanders
Tracks spending, writes checks, maintains financial records, and develops a budget for the OTW.
Chair: Tara Keezer
Works to locate and secure grants to help committees within the organization achieve their goals.
Internationalization & Outreach
Chair: Sole G. & Andrea Horbinski
Works to increase the international visibility and accessibility of OTW and its projects.
Chair: Karen Hellekson
Administers Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC), an international peer-reviewed twice-yearly academic online journal in the field of media studies. This involves administering TWC's open-source journal software (OJS), considering submissions, and working with authors and content as necessary. We also shepherd documents through OJS for peer review, revision, copyedit, and layout.
Chair: Betsy Rosenblatt
Advises the Board and various committees on legal matters and liaises with outside legal counsel. Mostly comprised of legal professionals.
Co-chairs: FishieMishie and Jay Bee
Open Doors works to preserve at-risk fanworks of all kinds.
Chair: Anna Genoese
Reviews and revises the strategic plan for the Org every 1 – 3 years.
Chair: Sam Johnsson & Matty Lynne
Handles communication between users and the various teams involved with the Archive of Our Own. The Support team helps to resolve technical problems experienced by users and passes on users' feedback.
Chair: Amanda Furrow & Moose
Manages servers and infrastructure for the OTW and its projects.
Co-chairs: Emilie Karr & Highlander_II
The Tag Wrangling Committee and their team of volunteer “Tag Wranglers” maintain and administer the tags on the Archive of Our Own, curating the folksonomy system that links related tags together for better filtering and searching, while allowing users to tag their works however they prefer. The Tag Wrangling Committee induct, advise and assist tag wrangler volunteers in handling new and existing issues, compose and maintain the written guidelines and tutorials to coordinate tag wrangler activity, communicate with other OTW committees on matters related to tagging, and serve as liaisons for moderators of challenges and ficathons hosted at the Archive with respect to tagging. Tag Wrangling volunteers sort and organize tags in their claimed fandoms according to the Archive’s Tag Wrangling guidelines, researching source canon and other sources to unravel tag conflicts when required. They discuss and help solve sticky organization puzzles with other wranglers in chat or on the email discussion list. Volunteer time varies depending on how many fandoms are signed up for and how busy they are. Fandoms currently in need of wranglers are listed here, though this list changes frequently.
Chair: Agnieszka Siemienska
Coordinates volunteer translators and liaises with other committees to make their projects and documents available in as many languages as possible.
Volunteers & Recruiting
Chair: Renay & Curtis Jefferson
Recruits and manages volunteers and staffers for all committees and projects, equips them with a variety of tools, and tracks their service. Volunteers also maintains a large database of volunteer records, manages staffing drives, and creates internal reference materials and documentation for OTW projects and committees. This aids internal transparency and continuity by building and maintaining a robust knowledgebase.
Web Strategy, Design & Development
Manages the OTW's informational websites and maintains the software packages that run transformativeworks.org and associated sites (Drupal), Open Doors (HTML/Drupal), Transformative Works and Cultures (OJS), and our donation and membership database (CiviCRM).
Maintains the Fanlore wiki. This includes supporting Fanlore wiki editors, as well as establishing a flexible infrastructure to define and organize the wiki's content.