Transformative Works and Cultures has released No. 9, Fan/Remix Video, guest edited by Francesca Coppa and Julie Levin Russo. An exciting slate of essays and multimedia explorations discuss issues related to videos of all sorts, including fan videos, AMVs, and political remix. Check out TWC's vids for the issue:
The OTW is delighted to welcome the SSA – the Smallville Slash Archive – to its new home within the Archive of Our Own. The Archivists of the SSA (most recently Danceswithgary) have worked hard in conjunction with ADT and Open Doors to make the SSA the first test case for our new mass importer – and the choice is both a symbolic and a practical one.
Our Open Doors are now opening wide to at-risk archives! The first generation mass archive importer is now ready for testing: this importer will allow us to import archives built on the popular 'Automated Archive' software into the Archive of Our Own. Many archives were built with this software over the last 15 years and some are now slowly sinking into the sea: four years ago, one of the things that brought the initial wave of fans together to work on the OTW was the desire to save these archives from extinction.
The end of 2011 is nigh! We know the end of the year is a busy time on fannish and non-fannish fronts so we won't waste your time: there are only 15 days left to qualify for tax deductions in 2011 (United States). 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. And if you're employed, please find out if your employer offers matching donations!
As part of our overall efforts to increase transparency, the OTW Board of Directors has voted to publicly post the minutes of Board meetings. You can read the Board meeting minutes here. At present only minutes from the 2011 term are available, but we'll be adding some older minutes once we've had the chance to review them for confidential information.
Transformative Works and Cultures has released No. 8, a special guest-edited double issue comprising Race and Ethnicity in Fandom (edited by Robin Anne Reid and Sarah N. Gatson) and Textual Echoes (edited by Cyber Echoes, a collective comprising Berit Åström, Katarina Gregersdotter, Malin Isaksson, Maria Lindgren Leavenworth, and Maria Helena Svensson).
The polls are now closed; many thanks to all our voters and candidates! This year, 555 out of 845 -- 66% -- of eligible voters cast their ballot. If you would like to pick up an "I Voted!" banner, please check our previous post!
We're now 12 hours away from the end of the voting period — polls close at noon UTC 18 Nov (check the time in your area)! So far, an amazing 60% of eligible voters (505 out of 845) have submitted their ballots.
Thank you to all who have voted so far! We've heard a couple calls for something along the lines of "I Voted" stickers, so we've whipped one up and made it available below for your use. Anyone else who would like to make graphics is welcome to share them as well!