OTW 2013 Annual Report now available

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We are pleased to announce that the OTW has published its 2013 Annual Report (in PDF or in HTML). The report provides a summary of our activities during the past financial and calendar year, our financial statements for 2013, and our goals for 2014. This is the seventh annual report of the OTW (see previous reports).

The 2013 Annual Report highlights successes and achievements from across the organization and challenges we faced during the year. We encourage all those interested to take a look at the report and, if you have questions, please feel free to contact us here or through our contact form.

Thank you to all of our members, staff, donors and volunteers for your support!

Strategic Planning releases reports on Wiki/Fanlore, Systems, and Grants

The Strategic Planning Committee is pleased to announce that we are releasing our reports on the Wiki Committee/Fanlore team, the Systems Committee, and the Grants Committee.

You can download the reports as PDFs:
Wiki Committee/Fanlore report
Systems Committee report
Grants Committee report

About these reports

To write these reports, we surveyed the current staff and volunteers, and the retired staff and volunteers, interviewed the chairs, and conducted follow-up interviews with any staff and volunteers (current or retired) who wished to speak with us further.

Everything in the reports is based on the data we collected. The responses we collected were synthesized into these reports, which summarize the strengths and challenges that staff and volunteers (both current and retired) noted in their responses, and makes recommendations for change based on their suggestions. More information about our process is included in the reports themselves.

Before coming to you, the reports have been reviewed by the respective committee chairs and the Board, and copyedited by the Communications Committee. The purpose of this was to correct any factual errors we might have made and to solicit feedback before the wider release. No data collected from any surveys or interviews were changed or removed from the report as a result of these reviews.


We hope that you find the reports interesting, and very much welcome your feedback! If you have any questions or wish to contact the committee, get in touch with us through our contact form.

Please note that these reports incorporate internal stakeholders only, so while public comments on this post will be read and discussed (and possibly taken into account for future reports, as well as the next round of strategic planning), external stakeholder opinion will not be incorporated into future revisions of these reports.

All contact we receive is kept to a high standard of confidentiality, and we’d be happy to discuss that with you if you have any concerns.

Upcoming reports

Over the next several months, we will continue to survey committees and release reports. The next scheduled report will be on the Support Committee. Ultimately, we will release a final report that synthesizes all of the data we received across the entire organization.

Strategic Planning Update #10

Hello OTW Community,

The Strategic Planning Committee is starting the new year off with some leadership changes and we wanted to let you know about them, as well as what we accomplished last year and our goals for this year.

First, Anna, our previous chair, joined the OTW’s Board. As a result she resigned her chairship, and Strategic Planning Staffer Hana has stepped up and taken over as chair. Anna will be missed, but she will continue to support the committee as our new Board liaison.

Last year we completed reports on Survey, Open Doors, Volunteers & Recruiting, and Tag Wrangling. The next scheduled reports are on the Wiki Committee and Fanlore team, the Grants Committee, and the Systems Committee. We hope to release those in early 2014. We are also in the process of surveying Web, Internationalization and Outreach, Abuse, and Communications. When we complete the process with those committees we will move on the final groups, and then to the Board. Ultimately, we will release a final report that synthesizes all of the data we received across the entire organization.

We hope to complete the process this year, even though there is a lot to accomplish before we put together the final report! Strategic Planning appreciates all the volunteers and staffers who have taken the time to participate in our surveys, and the other committees who help us get the final reports out. We couldn’t do this without the support of the each of you so thanks for being awesome. If you have any questions, concerns, or just want to say hi, feel free to contact us.