The Content Policy workgroup is presenting a set of proposed changes to the Archive of Our Own’s Terms of Service and Frequently Asked Questions. These are largely clarifications and changes made to deal with functionality as the Archive has developed. This post marks the start of a two-week public comment period. The Content Policy group will track any comments or questions made here and will then evaluate if further revisions need to be made.
Open Doors would like to update Sentinel fandom on the continued delay in importing 852 Prospect to the Archive of Our Own. We've unfortunately had a bit of a coding setback on the 852 Prospect import, and it looks like an import isn't likely until 2013.
We apologize for this continued pushback of the import, as when we first announced the project we expected that 852 Prospect was going to be finding a new home soon. But due to continued work on the AO3 as well as further import testing, we've realized that there is still going to be a substantial delay in this happening.
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.
Hello, this is Sole G., the Category Change workgroup lead, and I'd like to introduce the workgroup, talk a little about our goals, and ask for some initial feedback from all of you as fellow fans and users of AO3.
The OTW is proud to announce an important legal victory for fan vidders and other makers of noncommercial remix videos, achieved in conjunction with our friends at the Electronic Frontier Foundation: the Register of Copyrights has recommended that the Librarian of Congress maintain the vidders' exemption from certain provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
The OTW website and the Elections and Open Doors subdomains will be down for planned maintenance for approximately seven hours on Wednesday 24 October. The downtime is scheduled to begin at 1700 UTC (see what time this is in your timezone), though there is the possibility the site may be taken offline earlier as the process is being coordinated with our managed hosting provider.
The OTW's October membership drive has drawn to a close, and we have preliminary results to share.
During the official drive period of October 13-17, we received 601 contributions totaling US$18,626.33. To put that in perspective, that’s about US$155 every hour for 5 days! And your generosity hasn't stopped: more than US$900 has been donated so far today, and donations are still arriving through the mail. We'll bring you updated figures in the OTW newsletter as soon as we get them added up.
This post was contributed by jackiekjono, Development & Membership staffer.
As we celebrate the fifth anniversary of the OTW, I'd like to share some thoughts about how OTW has changed my fannish life.
I entered the secret world of vidding about 18 years ago when my roommate received a large box of VHS tapes containing all of the episodes of Wise Guy and a couple of extra tapes with these weird little music videos on them. A few months later, she and our neighbor Wendy were making vids — and a few years later, so was I.
The Fan Culture Preservation Project is facilitated by the Open Doors committee of the OTW. The project helps preserve the printed history of fandom by assisting fans in donating their zine collections to the Fanzine Archives, located in the University of Iowa Special Collections. While FCPP has had a historical emphasis on print zines, it is by no means a limiting factor.