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  • Free Sherlock! Implications of Summary Judgment in Sherlock Holmes Case

    By Claudia Rebaza on Saturday, 28 December 2013 - 4:19am
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    On December 26, 2013, a U.S. Federal Court issued a ruling about copyright protection in Sherlock Holmes and the Sherlock Holmes stories. The court held that all elements of the Holmes canon that were first introduced before 1923 -- including the characters of Holmes and Watson -- are in the public domain.

    As background: In most of the world, copyright protection has expired in all of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes canon. This means that in most of the world, Sherlock Holmes, and all of Conan Doyle's stories, are in the public domain and anyone can use them without getting permission. But in the United States, thanks to the Sonny Bono Copyright Extension Act, the last ten Sherlock Holmes stories -- those that were first published after 1923 -- are still protected by copyright. Those copyrights are owned by a company called The Conan Doyle Estate, Ltd. (the "CDE.") The CDE has licensed that copyright to a number of creators who have made recent adaptations of Sherlock Holmes, including Warner Brothers (for the Downey films), CBS-TV (for Elementary), and WGBH (the U.S. distributor of BBC Sherlock). It has also sent "cease and desist" letters to others who have sought to make commercial adaptations of the Canon -- and those letters haven't necessarily distinguished between adaptations of the works still in copyright and those on whom copyright has expired.

    One of those "cease and desist" letters went to Leslie Klinger, a Holmes expert and the author of The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, who together with author Laurie R. King was preparing to publish an anthology of stories inspired by the Holmes Canon. Klinger fired back, bringing a lawsuit against the CDE, seeking declaratory judgment and claiming the copyright had expired on all of the story elements that Klinger and King wanted to include in the anthology.

    Now, the court has issued a ruling in Klinger's case. The Court’s ruling states, in brief, that all characters and story elements first introduced before 1923 -- including the characters of Holmes and Watson -- are in the public domain, and creators are free to use them without licensing them from the Conan Doyle Estate. The Court cautioned that copyright law still protects elements that appear exclusively in the ten post-1922 stories by Conan Doyle (those that remain in copyright). The CDE has stated that it's considering appealing the ruling, so it's possible that the ruling isn't the final judicial word on this matter.

    In the meantime, what does this ruling mean for U.S. fans of Sherlock Holmes? The case is a victory for Klinger and great news for those who want to commercialize Holmes adaptations, but its impact on fans is, largely, an indirect one. Fans have always relied on fair use principles to support the creation of fanworks. That's still true for most fanworks related to Holmes--copyright not only still protects the post-1923 works, but also (obviously) the sources for many Holmes fandoms, such as the Warner Brothers Holmes, Elementary, and BBC Sherlock. But the fact that the original-recipe Holmes and Watson are in the public domain is still good for fandom: Since most of the traits of Holmes and Watson, and most of the stories, were introduced before 1923, fan creators will seldom have to wonder whether their Doyle Canon fanworks are fair use. And beyond that, it means that the CDE will have a harder time trying to charge licensing fees to commercial adapters of Holmes and Watson. This makes it easier for commercial adaptations to flourish, so in the future, that may mean more Holmes fandoms to draw from!

    The case also has broader implications for U.S. copyright in serialized works. Many now-famous characters were introduced in series that started in the early 20th century, but continued for decades or more after then. This ruling establishes the principle that all of those characters have the public domain more quickly than some had originally thought: once copyright protection expires in the works where those characters were thoroughly introduced, those characters enter the public domain--even if some works featuring those characters (and any new facts about them introduced in the new works) remain protected. This is true not only for Holmes, but also a number of other characters introduced early in the 20th century, such as G.K. Chesterton's Father Brown, Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan, and Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot...and, notably, Disney's Mickey Mouse.

    For more on this case, and to get a copy of the court's full ruling, see http://free-sherlock.com/.

  • Board of Directors Nominee for Appointment: Anna Genoese

    By Claudia Rebaza on Saturday, 7 December 2013 - 12:42am
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    The OTW Board is pleased to introduce Anna Genoese as a nominee to the board. The final vote to decide Anna's appointment will happen by December 21, allowing the nominee, if the vote passes, to take office at the beginning of the term in 2014. If you'd like to ask Anna questions, just leave them here on this post.

    Anna Genoese is a lifelong fan and professional editor/author who currently works full time for an international nonprofit focused on youth development. While working as a professional editor, Anna published the original fiction of several fanfic writers. Using a pseudonym, Anna has written fanfic and performed podfic in a number of fandoms, which can be found at the AO3. Anna has worked with the Strategic Planning Committee of the OTW since January 2012, and has been the chair of the committee since August 2012. Anna is also a volunteer tag wrangler.

    Q&A with the nominee

    Why did you decide to accept nomination to the Board?

    I truly believe my skills and talents will lend themselves to helping the OTW improve, grow, and strengthen.

    Can you list for your prior experience in the OTW and in Non-Profit work?

    • 2003 - 2004 - Demos (public policy org) - Freelancer (website design, editing)
    • 1/2012 - 8/2012 - OTW, Strategic Planning Workgroup/Committee staffer (participated in the identification of stakeholders, gathering information)
    • 9/2012 - current - OTW, Strategic Planning Committee chair (led staff through the process of identifying stakeholders, gathering information from them, and creating a strategic plan)
    • 4/2012 - current - OTW, Tag Wrangling volunteer (metadata)
    • 2013 - current, 4-H - Development Coordinator (organizing data, working with fundraisers)

    What other skills and/or experience would you bring to the Board?

    I have a tremendous amount of experience in leadership and people management, in mentoring, and in working with teams toward a complex, complicated goal. (For example, at my last job I managed a department of 8-10 people; from 2001-2007 I worked for a publishing company where, amongst other things, I published my own imprint and also ran the internship program.)

    What is your vision for the direction of the organization over the next year and how do you see working with your fellow board members to accomplish it?

    My big vision for the OTW is very focused on internal changes. My goal for my tenure on Board would be to bring together the staff and help make the inner workings of the organization more smooth and inclusive. After working with the Strategic Planning Committee for so long, I have a great amount of insight into the internal troubles of the OTW, and I would love to be able to use that knowledge to focus on helping to heal the cracks in the organization from the inside out. This is something that absolutely requires the entire Board to work together and be on the same page. I know that a healthy, whole organization is something the whole Board wants, but someone has to be the point person to organize everything and bring everyone together, synthesize the information, come up with plans, and make sure those plans get implemented. As someone with a huge amount of energy and dedication to the OTW, I feel that I can be that person.

    What is your experience of the OTW's projects and how would you collaborate with the relevant committees to support and strengthen them?

    I would love to be able to use my experiences in Strategic Planning to help the org become more matrixed -- that is, to help the org chart of the organization become less silo'd so that all the teams can work together more easily. So many of the teams replicate each other's work because they aren't communicating (through no fault of their own!), so I would hope to work with Board and chairs to put a structure into place that allows teams to have an easier flow of information. For example, bringing back a Grants Committee and allowing for grants to be written to bring in more money that could help DevMem's needs for more/different merchandise, Systems' need for more databases, the AO3's need for full-time coders, etc. Allowing the organization's staff to have a better understanding of the inner workings of other committees is really one of the keys of having a healthier organization.

    From a different perspective, I think so many of the OTW teams are incredibly talented and would love to see them given more of an ability to work together in order to provide each other with more support. Fanlore working with the AO3, Open Doors working with DevMem; the field is wide open for collaboration to create amazing opportunities!

    What does transparency mean to you personally, both inside the organization and between projects and between the organization and fandom? How do you value it and how would you make it a part of your service?

    This is a huge question! I value transparency tremendously because it's through transparency that accountability for commitments is created. The OTW needs transparency on every level. This doesn't mean breaking confidentiality -- in fact, the opposite. Transparency and accountability allow for confidentiality and allow for an environment where people can and do feel comfortable because the organization has espoused and is seen to follow a code of ethics and a code of conduct. Appropriate ethics that are aligned with the goals of the organization create an environment where people can be more productive.

    For myself, transparency means being open and honest about my successes and failures. As chair of the Strategic Planning Committee - as in all things I do - I strive to create a culture for my staff where we are open with each other, and where critique comes from a place of compassion and a desire to enhance a coworker's performance. When we're honest about our motivations and adhere to the code of ethics we've set for ourselves, our environment becomes a place where people aren't afraid to make mistakes and therefore aren't afraid to make suggestions, to be creative, to reach out and learn and do new things.

    For the organization as a whole, I actually think we need to do more to educate people about what transparency truly is, so that when people demand transparency and accountability from us, they really know what they're saying. For example, there's a big difference between a closed-door meeting and not telling people anything about what your team is working on; there are easy ways to construct minutes for a closed-door meeting that gets across what you've done without breaking any confidentiality. That is something I train my staff to do so that Strategic Planning's meeting minutes are always comprehensive for people who want to know what's going on with us. In the last few years, the OTW has been so much better about transparency as a whole; the problem is that the stakeholders (both internal and external) have been almost traumatized by the lack of transparency of the first few years of this organization's life. It's not just that the org now needs to continue with its efforts in transparency and accountability both, it's also a matter of overcoming that bad press and getting people on board. This is difficult work!

    What does inclusiveness mean to you personally, both inside the organization and between projects and between the organization and fandom? How do you value it and how would you make it a part of your service?

    Organizationally, to me inclusivity refers mostly to the idea of "cultural competency" (a common phrase used in nonprofits); it's the understanding that diversity makes organizations stronger. I cannot emphasize enough how strongly I believe in this. A diverse community that can come together to create something has a much better perspective, and that leads to a better chance of sustainability as well as more creativity in pursuits and a better chance of serving the entire population, rather than just a select group.

    Personally, inclusivity means much the same thing, but includes a level of sensitivity to the cultures and norms of others that needs to be respected. However, respect is a thing the entire organization needs. When people respect each other (it can't just go one way!), then there can be collaboration and compassionate professionalism.

    I have brought this with me to my service with the OTW to date; it's incredibly important to me to embrace the diversity fandom brings, and also to note the places where there aren't voices, and try to bring those voices into the organization. This includes types of fanwork and diverse fan populations as well as cultural and ability diversity.

    What do you think the key responsibilities of a/the board are? Are you familiar with the legal requirements for a US-based nonprofit board of directors?

    In general, it is the job of a board of directors for a nonprofit to create the mission and purpose for the organization, guide, excite, and support the organization's members, staff, and volunteers, make sure the organization is financially stable and secure, handle both long-term and short-term planning, serve as monitors of the organization's programs, and be strong role models for the entire org's ethics.

    While the legal requirements for a US-based nonprofit board of directors vary, in general I understand that legally a director is held to the responsibilities of obedience to a charitable purpose, due care, and loyalty.

    How would you balance your Board work with other roles in the org, or how do you plan to hand over your current roles to focus on Board work?

    I plan to step down from the Strategic Planning Committee, but I will continue to volunteer as a tag wrangler. Since I don't hold any other org positions, I'll be able to fully focus on Board work.

  • Ways to support the OTW this December

    By Claudia Rebaza on Thursday, 5 December 2013 - 11:52pm
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    2013 is almost over, and all of us at the OTW are grateful for the tremendous support shown by our members and donors this year. If you've been thinking about donating to the OTW but haven't done so yet, you may want to take a look at your finances and see whether it would be to your benefit to do so before December 31. Donations to the OTW are tax deductible in the United States. And if you're employed, please find out if your employer offers matching donations! Every dollar you give could be worth two dollars to the OTW.

    Cover of the book 'Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World'

    Another way to support the OTW this month is through our ongoing promotion with Smart Pop Books, publisher of Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World. Edited by Anne Jamison and featuring contributions from several current and former OTW staff members, this book would make a great holiday gift for a fellow fan! From now through December 31, if you order the book from Amazon through this referral link, Smart Pop will donate a percentage of the proceeds to the OTW. They have generously offered to double Amazon's usual affiliate rate, which ranges from 6-8% depending on sale volume, so the OTW will receive 12-16% per book. This promotion applies to both the paperback and Kindle editions.

    We'd like to thank everyone who's already participated in the book promotion — your purchases since October 30 have raised more than US$180 for the OTW! And thank you to all of you who have donated to the OTW throughout the year — we are very grateful for your support.

  • OTW 2013 Election update

    By Claudia Rebaza on Sunday, 1 December 2013 - 9:18pm
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    The following post was written by Elections Officer Eylul Dogruel to bring OTW members up-to-date results for the election in 2013 and on decisions made by the OTW Board in response to the lack of candidates standing.

    Open seats and candidacies

    The OTW Board of Directors is elected by the membership of the OTW, with one-third of the nine Board seats up for election every year. Thus, for 2013, there were three seats up for election. Two of these seats are held Ira Gladkova and Kristen Murphy, who will be completing their three-year terms at the end of this year. The remaining seat is currently vacant; it was previously held by Francesca Coppa and Maia Bobrowicz.

    There is also a fourth vacant seat, one previously held by Julia Beck. Since this seat was last up for election in 2011, it will be up for election again in 2014.

    All eligible OTW staffers received a message in early September, which notified them of their eligibility for Board and encouraged them to run. The deadline was the end of September, which was then extended by two weeks, at the end of which no candidates had come forward.

    Is the OTW in trouble? Is there something going on?

    The answer to the first question is no. The answer to the second question is somewhat involved.

    One reason for the lack of director candidates this year is the eligibility requirements. The main requirement for eligibility to run for the Board of Directors is nine months' prior service as an OTW staffer. This requirement naturally limits the number of potential candidates.

    Adding to the previous issue is that the OTW has been going through some long but needed transformations in its staffing process over the last year. The volunteer intake process has changed radically, and is now much more in line with non-profit best practices. Unfortunately what this also means is that there were no new staffers inducted for an almost six-month period from 2012 to 2013, and that even now many committees are understaffed and working on preparing to recruit, recruiting or training new staffers. These are very positive medium- and long-term developments, but in the short term they mean that experienced staffers are in especially short supply this year. As a matter of fact, several eligible staffers expressed interest in running for the Board in the future, but were concerned that leaving their committees or projects at this point would be too damaging.

    Can't you relax/revise the eligibility requirements?

    The Board considered this question in August 2013 after seeking input on it from OTW staffers. The conclusion that they came to, after considering staffers' opinions, was to leave the eligibility requirements in place. (However, they did clarify them so as to fit the revised staff and volunteer intake processes.) The OTW is a large and very complex organization that is very different from many other non-profits, and less than nine months' service on staff is simply not enough time to become familiar enough with the OTW's structure and workings. The decision was that allowing candidates to run for Board with less than that amount of experience and proven commitment would be detrimental to the Board and to the OTW as a whole.

    Board decision and next steps

    The Board of Directors has decided to make appointments to fill the three full term seats as candidates become available. In line with the previous board decision earlier this year concerning vacant seats, the fourth seat that has one year remaining will not be available for appointment. It is the consensus of the Board that appointing anyone to less than a two year term does not give them enough time to become familiar with the workload and expectations of being an OTW Director, and would be unfair both to appointees and the Board.

    The Board is currently anticipating a more detailed process of introducing appointees to the OTW membership than with previous appointments. More details on this will be forthcoming soon. In the meantime, the Board encourages any staffer who is eligible for Board now or who will be eligible in 2014, and is thinking of running for a seat or who would like to be considered for an appointment, to reach out to the Elections Officer.

  • Stargatefan has found a fully charged ZPM and is dialing up the ÅO3!

    By Claudia Rebaza on Monday, 4 November 2013 - 7:10pm
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    Background explanation

    Open Doors is pleased to welcome StargateFan, a gen Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis archive, to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

    In its new home, StargateFan will be a separate, searchable collection with its own identity for all of the fan fiction, fan art, and fan comics housed on the current archive. We will begin manually importing works from StargateFan to the AO3 collection in December 2013.

    What does this mean for creators who have work on StargateFan?

    This is the part where we ask for your help!

    1. If you already have an AO3 account and have posted your StargateFan works there, please contact Open Doors with your StargateFan pseud(s) and e-mail address(es), so that we won’t import your works. (We can also e-mail you instructions for mass-adding works to the new collection here on the AO3.)

    2. If you don’t already have an AO3 account but would like one to import your works yourself, please contact Open Doors with your StargateFan pseud(s), and the preferred e-mail address to send the AO3 invite to. (We can e-mail further instructions for importing stories and adding them to the new collection here on the AO3.)

    3. If you would NOT like your works moved, please contact Open Doors with your StargateFan pseud(s) and e-mail address(es) so that we will not add them. (If you would not mind them being preserved but do not want your name attached to them any longer, please let us know that too—we can orphan your works instead of leaving them behind to be deleted.)

    All works imported on a creator’s behalf will be attributed with their name in the summary of the work. As we import works, we will e-mail notifications to the address associated with the work.

    All imported works will be set to be viewable only by logged-in AO3 users. Once you claim your works, you can make them publicly-viewable if you choose. After 3 months, unclaimed imported works will be made visible to all visitors.

    If you no longer have access to the email account associated with your StargateFan account, please contact Open Doors and we'll help you out. (If you've posted the works elsewhere, or have an easy way to verify that they're yours, that's fantastic; if not, we will work with the StargateFan mod to confirm your claims.)

    If you still have questions...

    If you have further questions, visit the Open Doors FAQ page, contact the Open Doors committee, or leave a comment on this post and we'll respond as soon as we can.

    We're also planning to hold two public chats on Campfire (the online chat platform the OTW uses): *November 13, from 02:00UTC to 0:500UTC*, and *November 23, from 20:00UTC to 23:00UTC* (click the links to see when the chats are held in your timezone). You can access OTW's public discussion chatroom using this link.

    Anyone with questions about the process is welcome to join the Open Doors team at those chats, and we’ll do our best to answer you. We'd also love it if fans could stop by to reminisce and help us preserve the story of StargateFan and on Fanlore--no wiki editing skills needed! Of course, if you would like to edit on your own, your contributions would be very welcome. <3 (New to wiki editing? No worries, just visit this page.)

    We're excited to be able to help preserve StargateFan!

    - The Open Doors team

  • Buy a book and support the OTW!

    By Claudia Rebaza on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 - 5:43pm
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    Looking for something new to read? Want to support the OTW? Here's a way to do both!

    Cover of the book 'Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World'

    Smart Pop Books is the publisher of Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World, a new book edited by Anne Jamison and featuring contributions from several current and former OTW staff members, including an essay about the Archive of Our Own.

    From now through December 31, if you order the book from Amazon through this referral link, Smart Pop will donate a percentage of the proceeds to OTW. They have generously offered to double Amazon's usual affiliate rate, which ranges from 6-8% depending on sale volume, so OTW will receive 12-16% per book.

    From the book's summary:

    Fic is a groundbreaking exploration of the history and culture of fan writing and what it means for the way we think about reading, writing, and authorship. It’s a story about literature, community, and technology — about what stories are being told, who’s telling them, how, and why.

    With provocative discussions from both professional and fan writers, on subjects from Star Trek to The X-Files and Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Harry Potter, Twilight, and beyond, Fic sheds light on the widely misunderstood world(s) of fanfiction — not only how fanfiction is transforming the literary landscape, but how it already has.

    Here's the referral link again. Thank you to Smart Pop Books and Anne Jamison for this opportunity, and as always, thank you for supporting the OTW. Happy reading!

  • Feedback for Comics Categories

    By Claudia Rebaza on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 - 9:47pm
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    The AO3 Category Change workgroup comes seeking your opinion again!

    After analyzing the past round of feedback, we want to address what we believe was the most contentious point: how to organize the Animation, Comics, Manga & Other Sequential Art subcategories. Continue reading on AO3

  • Comment Period Extended for Fandom Skills Stories

    By Claudia Rebaza on Sunday, 13 October 2013 - 3:21pm
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    On October 3, the OTW's Legal Committee asked for fans to submit stories of how they developed new skills or knowledge as a result of their fandom involvement.

    We asked for people to contribute stories until October 10th since Legal had to submit comments by October 14th. This deadline has been moved forward to November so we can now continue to accept stories until October 30.

    If you would like to submit your own story, please use Legal's contact form. And thank you to all those who have already participated!

  • German Speaking Slashers United zieht um ins Archive of Our Own!

    By Claudia Rebaza on Wednesday, 9 October 2013 - 5:49pm
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    Hintergrunderklärung

    Bettina, die GSSU (German Speaking Slashers United)-Archivarin, erstellte das Archiv im Jahr 2000 als Zusatz zur deutschsprachigen Querstrich-Mailingliste. Obwohl die Mailingliste immer noch existiert, wanderten viele Mitglieder in andere Bereiche wie LiveJournal/Dreamwidth, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. ab. Aufgrund dessen und wegen der niedrigen Postingaktivität in den letzten Jahren, kündigte Bettina in 2012 an, das Archiv zu schließen. Da dies für sie eine schwierige Entscheidung war und sie einen wichtigen Teil der deutschsprachigen Fandomgeschichte erhalten wollte, stimmte Open Doors bereitwillig zu, die Fanwerke des GSSU im Archive of Our Own zu erhalten.

    Im neuen Zuhause erhält das GSSU eine separate, durchsuchbare Sammlung mit einer eigenen Identität für alle Fangeschichten aus dem Originalarchiv. Mit dem Import des GSSU in diese AO3-Sammlung beginnen wir im November 2013.

    Was bedeutet das für Urheber, die Fanwerke im GSSU haben?

    Das ist der Punkt wo wir eure Hilfe brauchen!

    1. Wenn du schon ein AO3-Nutzerkonto hast und bereits deine GSSU-Fanwerke selbst hochgeladen hast (oder dies gerne selbst machen würdest!), bitte kontaktiere Open Doors oder die Archivarin unter gssuarchivist at gmail.com mit deinem GSSU-Pseudonym(en) und E-Mail-Adresse(n), damit wir deine Geschichten nicht importieren. (Wir können dir auch eine Anleitung schicken, wie man eine grosse Anzahl Geschichten gleichzeitig zur neuen AO3-Sammlung hinzufügt: http://archiveofourown.org/collections/GSSU.)

    2. Wenn du kein AO3-Nutzerkonto hast, aber gerne eines möchtest, um deine Geschichten selber zu importieren, bitte kontaktiere Open Doors oder die Archivarin unter gssuarchivist at gmail.com mit deinem GSSU Pseudonym(en) und deiner bevorzugten E-Mail-Adresse, damit wir dir eine AO3-Einladung schicken können. (Wir können dir eine Anleitung schicken, wie du deine Geschichten importieren und sie zur neuen AO3-Sammlung hinzufügen kannst: http://archiveofourown.org/collections/GSSU.)

    3. Wenn du deine Geschichten NICHT importiert haben möchtest, bitte kontaktiere Open Doors oder die Archivarin unter gssuarchivist at gmail.com mit deinem GSSU-Pseudonym(en) und deiner E-Mail-Adresse(n), damit wir deine Geschichten nicht importieren. (Wenn du nichts dagegen hast, dass deine Geschichten dem Archiv erhalten bleiben, aber du sie nicht mit deinem Namen assoziiert haben möchtest, dann lass uns das auch wissen. Anstelle deine Geschichten zurück zu lassen, wo sie gelöscht werden, können wir sie anonymisieren.)

    Alle Fanwerke, die im Auftrag der Urheber importiert wurden, werden in der Inhaltsangabe der Geschichte mit dem Autorennamen versehen. Im Zuge des Imports werden wir E-Mail-Mitteilungen an die Adresse, die mit der Geschichte assoziiert ist, verschicken.

    Alle importierten Geschichten werden anfangs nur für eingeloggte AO3-Nutzer sichtbar sein. (Nachdem du deine Geschichten mit deinem eigenen AO3-Nutzer verbunden hast, kannst du sie für alle sichtbar machen, wenn du möchtest.) Nach 3 Monaten werden die von niemanden beanspruchten, importierten Geschichten für alle Besucher sichtbar gemacht.

    Wenn du keinen Zugang zu dem E-Mail-Account mehr hast, der mit deinen Geschichten im GSSU-Archiv assoziiert ist, bitte kontaktiere Open Doors und wir werden dir aushelfen. (Wenn du deine Geschichten woanders gepostet hast oder sonst beweisen kannst, dass es deine Geschichten sind, dann ist das toll. Wenn nicht, dann werden wir mit der GSSU-Archivarin zusammenarbeiten um deinen Anspruch zu bestätigen.

    Wenn du noch weitere Fragen hast…

    Wenn du noch weitere Fragen hast, besuche die Open Doors FAQ Seite, kontaktiere das Open Doors Komitee oder hinterlasse hier einen Kommentar, und wir werden so schnell wie möglich antworten.

    Wir planen auch zwei öffentliche Chats auf Campfire (der vom OTW benutzten Online Chat Plattform): 19 October 2013 10:00:00 UTC und 26 October 2013 16:00:00 UTC((klick den Link um zu sehen, wann die Chats in deiner Zeitzone stattfinden). Du kannst auf den öffentlichen Diskussions-Chatraum der OTW unter diesem Link zugreifen.

    Jeder, der Fragen zu dem Prozess hat, ist eingeladen, an den Chats mit dem Open Doors-Team teilzunehmen, und wir werden unser Bestes tun, um eure Fragen zu beantworten. Wir würden uns auch freuen, wenn Fans daran teilnehmen würden, um in Erinnerungen zu schwelgen und so die Geschichte des GSSU und die Geschichte des deutschsprachigen Fandoms auf Fanlore zu bewahren—man benötigt dafür keine Wiki-Editierkenntnisse! Natürlich, wenn du das Fanlore-Wiki gerne selbständig editieren möchtest, sind deine Beiträge sehr willkommen. <3 (Ist das Editieren eines Wiki neu für dich? Kein Problem, besuche einfach diese Seite.)

    Wir freuen uns, bei der Erhaltung eines Teils der Geschichte des deutschsprachigen Fandoms zu helfen, und sind Stolz, das German Speaking Slashers United-Archiv im AO3 willkommen zu heißen!

    - Das Open Doors-Team

  • German Speaking Slashers United is moving to the Archive of Our Own!

    By Claudia Rebaza on Wednesday, 9 October 2013 - 5:43pm
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    Background explanation

    Bettina, the GSSU (German Speaking Slashers United) moderator, created the archive in 2000 to complement the Querstrich mailing list. While this mailing list still exists, the German-speaking fannish contingent it serves has migrated to other channels like LiveJournal/Dreamwidth, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. Due to this and low posting activity in the last few years, Bettina announced in 2012 that she would be closing the archive. Realising this was a difficult decision for her, and wanting to help preserve an important part of German-Speaking Fandom's history, Open Doors readily agreed to preserve the works on the Archive of Our Own.

    In its new home, GSSU will be a separate, searchable collection with its own identity for all of the fan fiction housed on the original archive. We will begin importing works from the GSSU to the AO3 collection in November 2013.

    What does this mean for creators who have work on GSSU?

    This is the part where we ask for your help!

    1. If you already have an AO3 account and have posted your GSSU works there yourself (or would like to do so!), please contact Open Doors or gssuarchivist at gmail dot com with your GSSU pseud(s) and e-mail address(es), so that we won’t import your stories. (We can also e-mail you instructions for bulk-adding stories to the new collection on the AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/collections/GSSU.)

    2. If you don’t have an AO3 account but would like one to import your stories yourself, please contact Open Doors or gssuarchivist at gmail dot com with your GSSU pseud(s), and the preferred e-mail address to send the AO3 invite to. (We can e-mail further instructions for importing stories and adding them to the new collection on the AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/collections/GSSU.)

    3. If you would NOT like your works moved, please contact Open Doors or gssuarchivist at gmail dot com with your GSSU pseud(s) and e-mail address(es) so that we will not add them. (If you would not mind them being preserved but do not want your name attached to them any longer, please let us know that too; we can orphan your works instead of leaving them behind to be deleted.)

    All works imported on a creator’s behalf will be attributed with their name in the summary of the work. As we import works, we will e-mail notifications to the address associated with the work.

    All imported works will initially be set to be viewable only by logged-in AO3 users. (Once you claim your works, you can make them publicly-viewable if you choose.) After 3 months, unclaimed imported works will be made visible to all visitors.

    If you no longer have access to the email account associated with your works on GSSU, please contact Open Doors and we'll help you out. (If you've posted the stories elsewhere, or have an easy way to verify that they're yours, that's great; if not, we will work with the GSSU archivist to confirm your claims.)

    If you still have questions...

    If you have further questions, visit the Open Doors FAQ page, contact the Open Doors committee, or leave a comment on this post and we'll respond as soon as we can.

    We're also planning to hold two public chats on Campfire (the online chat platform the OTW uses): 19 October 2013 at 10:00:00 UTC, and 26 October 2013 at 16:00:00 UTC (click the links to see when the chats are held in your timezone). You can access OTW's public discussion chatroom using this link.

    Anyone who has questions about the process is welcome to join the Open Doors team at those chats, and we’ll do our best to answer you. We'd also love it if fans could stop by to reminisce and help us preserve the story of GSSU and the history of German-Speaking Fandom on Fanlore--no wiki editing skills needed! Of course, if you would like to edit on your own, your contributions would be very welcome. <3 (New to wiki editing? No worries, just visit this page.)

    We're delighted to help preserve this slice of German-speaking fandom history, and proudly welcome the German Speaking Slashers United archive to the AO3!

    - The Open Doors team

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