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I. Transformative Works and Cultures Publishes Its 30th Issue

On 15 September, the Transformative Works and Cultures team published the journal's 30th issue. This was a large issue on general topics, containing over 20 items whose subjects range from eighteenth-century prophecy to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There's something for everyone!

The team is now working on the next issue, number 31. “Fan Fiction and Ancient Scribal Cultures” will be guest-edited by Frauke Uhlenbruch and Sonja Ammann and is scheduled to be released on December 15, 2019. They're also looking forward to the issues coming out next year (and beyond): check out the TWC website to view open Calls for Papers.

II. AT THE AO3

This month, Open Doors completed the import of a little piece of gundam wing, an archive which originated way back in 2001. We're happy that it's found a permanent home on the AO3!

Good news for those with questions about tagging their fanworks: this month, AO3 Documentation uploaded a new and improved Tags FAQ. Use it to find answers to all of your questions, including what tags are, how they are organized and what to do when the tags you want don't seem to exist. One thing that we all know for certain is that our Tag Wrangling team are kept busy: in August, they wrangled approximately 256,000 tags! (September numbers will be available next month.)

And finally for AO3 news, our user-facing teams have been busy as usual: the Policy and Abuse and the Support teams each received around 1,100 tickets across the month. Policy and Abuse ask for users' patience as they deal with your incoming tickets: the team is small and made up of volunteers and where cases are complex, it can take some time to get through them. They would like to request that users submitting a report bear in mind that the more information you can provide, the easier it is to investigate. As a reminder, non-fanworks such as prompt posts, fic searches, RP ads, etc are not allowed on the Archive and will be removed where they are reported. A warning will also be noted on the account and future violations may cause an account to be suspended or banned.

The Support team further reminds users that they are unable to provide users with updates on the status of cases reported to Policy and Abuse. Our privacy policy means that only Policy and Abuse staffers have access to the information in their queue.

III. COMMUNICATIONS AND CONTENT PRODUCTION

The OTW's Communications committee has been busy this month. On 5 September, they led celebrations of the OTW's 12th anniversary, marking the location by releasing updated flyers and info sheets as well as a series of genre-themed graphics which fans can use on their own websites and social media pages to show support for the OTW. They also published a Guest Post, chatting to Angie Fiedler Sutton of the G33K Out podcast; a Five Things interview with Volunteers and Recruiting staffer Frost the Fox; and two issues of This Week in Fandom, volumes 121 and 122.

As well as keeping our own website busy, Comms staffers have continued to respond to media requests received in the wake of the AO3's Hugo win. As usual, you can find all the latest articles in which OTW projects appear in our Press Room on transformativeworks.org.

Meanwhile, Fanlore ran the two-week long Stub September challenge, focused on growing stubs into full-blown articles. Participants were rewarded with some fantastic badges courtest of the team's new graphic design volunteers! Fanlore also reports a general uptick in editing activity thanks to the excitement around the AO3 Hugo Award. Many, many thanks to everyone who worked hard at documenting it all!

IV. GOVERNANCE

The OTW Board voted on, and is proud to announce, its new Officer roster for 2019/2020: Natalia Gruber as President, Lex de Leon as Secretary, and Yuechiang Luo as Treasurer. The Board also extends its thanks to Priscilla Del Cima and Kristina Busse for their hard work as their tenure on Board comes to an end, and to Claire P. Baker and Jessie Casiulis as they pass their officer roles onto the next cohort.

Development and Membership and Translation were both busy throughout September preparing for the October fundraising drive. You can expect to hear more about that in our newsletter for October!

V. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

Volunteers & Recruiting: As of 24 September the OTW has 815 volunteers. \o/ Recent personnel movements are listed below.

New Directors: Kirsten Wright, Rebecca Sentance
New Committee Chairs: Morgan Drake (AO3 Documentation)
New Committee Staff: Briar, Fiona M, Kelly Gritten, memorizingthedigitsofpi, MorningStarlight, Semnai, x_lazart_x (all AO3 Documentation) and 1 other AO3 Documentation staffer, Audrey J. (Communications), Silas O'Neill (Communications), Seamus Johnston (Systems), Ashley Pancho, arwenxs, eastofoktober, Jocelin, Kyrstin, Leila Varzideh, Mile, Nick_S, SashaK (all Support) & 4 other Support Staffers
New Fanlore Volunteers: djiange, Jercy Dee, memorizingthedigitsofpi and 4 other volunteers
New Tag Wrangler Volunteers: 1hillarynguyen, Alana, Amy2, Aurita, batcat229, Blue_Link13, ceci, cirelle, Cordz, Danielle Plung, Dawn Huang, Dia, Dixon, eak_a_mouse, fulltimeDreamer, gecko, Gwen O, hmsphere, Jacqui, JakUnderhill, Jody, Kay, Leah Kim, Liekinloimu, Martisz, Masha, Mavis, Megan S, Minx, Mosaik, mysk, papernote, Patricia Tang, peaandsea, pumpkinpaix, Quine, Ron Geromy, Siki, SWColeson, Terri Morgan, toby, Upasana Das, Zhimo, Zhirong, Zozo and 2 other Tag Wranglers

Departing Committee Chairs: Angelique Jurd (Communications)
Departing Committee Staff: Angelique Jurd (Communications)
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: waveridden and 1 other volunteer
Departing Translation Volunteers: Lez, Naroen, Natalia Suzdal, Ula and 1 other volunteer

For more information about the purview of our committees, please access the committee listing on our website.


The Organization for Transformative Works is the non-profit parent organization of multiple projects including Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Open Doors, Transformative Works and Cultures, and OTW Legal Advocacy. We are a fan run, entirely donor-supported organization staffed by volunteers. Find out more about us on our website.

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Wow! The OTW’s October fundraising drive is over, and it was amazingly successful! We flew right past our goal of US$130,000, with US$247,098.69 donated by 8566 people from 82 countries. We are truly humbled by your generosity—THANK YOU!

As we’ve mentioned during the course of this drive, the OTW depends on the donations of its user base to fund every one of its activities. The Archive of Our Own is our most visible project, especially after its recent Hugo Award win, but every one of our projects is crucial to our goals. Your donations also go towards initiatives like our legal work, defending fans and fanworks against laws which threaten them, and our Open Doors project, rescuing fanworks from platforms and archives in danger of being lost.

We are a nonprofit and every cent that has been donated will go back into our projects. (In fact, you can read all about the way that we spend the money raised during our funding drives in our recent budget post.) Your generosity means that we can continue with the important work we’re doing and plan for even greater things in the future. Thank you!

We also accept donations year-round, so you can support the OTW whenever you'd like.

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Did you know that when you donate to the OTW, you can choose to receive a thank-you gift? We've got lots of choices—from keychains to mugs to notebooks—including some new items for this drive! Here's some of our favourites, new and old.

First of all, let's talk stickers! Our OTW sticker set includes seven stickers featuring the logos of the OTW, AO3, Fanhackers, Fanlore, Legal Advocacy, Open Doors, and Transformative Works and Cultures - TWC. This thank-you gift is available with a minimum donation of US$50. And for a minimum donation of US$40, you can receive our new sticker set in honor of AO3's recent Hugo Award win. They come in a set of four, and each one features a different AO3 and Hugo-themed image. Both sets of stickers are great for decorating your notebooks, laptops, or anything else you like.

OTW Sticker Set (contains seven stickers). The first six stickers measure 7.6cm wide: (1) A white circle with the red OTW logo, a circular arrow inside a circle. Around the logo in black are the words "Organization for Transformative Works" and the URL "transformativeworks.org". (2) A white rectangle with the red Fanhackers logo, two hand tools crossed in a X. (3) A red square with the white and grey Open Doors logo, French doors opening to reveal a path. (4) A white square with the Legal Advocacy logo, a circular arrow surrounding the scales of justice. The arrow reads "Fair Use, Legal Advocacy, Free Expression". (5) A white oval with the red Archive of Our Own logo, a stylized AO3. (6) A red rectangle with the TWC logo in white; on the left are the letters TWC in a vertical arrangement, and on the right are the words "Transformative Works and Cultures". (7) A die cut of the Fanlore logo, blue text on a white background. This sticker measures 9.5cm long. Hugo Award Sticker Set (contains four stickers measuring 5cm). The first two are circular, with a small rocket flying above the AO3 logo. (1) is red, and (2) is black. (3) A rectangle with the Hugo logo next to the words "Archive of Our Own - 2019 Hugo Award Winner - Best Related Work." and (4) a stylised rocket with the words "Archive of Our Own, Best Related Work, Hugo Awards" handwritten inside the body and the year "2019" on the rocket's fins.

Want to show more AO3 love? We've got pins, keychains, notebooks, hats, and a mug that comes with a mystery gift from our retired donation premiums. We also have a Kudos-themed stress ball for those times when life gets hard, or when you discover that you've already left kudos here. :)

Red heart-shaped stress ball with a white AO3 logo

Want a place to store all this great OTW swag? Check out our AO3 duffel bag! This bag measures 10 x 19 x 9.75 inches (25 x 48 x 25 centimeters) and features black and red coloring with a white AO3 logo on the side. This thank-you gift is available with a minimum donation of US$350.

Introducing the AO3 Sports Duffel. The bag is black with red accents, with a red swoosh and a white AO3 logo on the side. It measures 25 x 48 x 25 centimeters. It has a convenient over-the-shoulder strap and a mesh side pocket ideal for podfic storage. It's perfect for carrying gym clothes, stashing your superhero costume, use as a zombie apocalypse bug-out bag, and traveling with your zine collection.

If you can't donate enough for your favorite thank-you gift right now, don't worry! We also accept recurring donations that let you save up for what you want. You just select how much you'd like to donate and how often, let us know what you're saving up for, and then when you reach the right amount we send you your gift. It's an easy way to manage your donations, and it also helps make sure that your OTW membership stays current.

For those of you in the United States, don't forget to ask your employers about donation matching programs. The OTW is a registered nonprofit in the US, and we issue tax receipts for donations from US residents.

These gifts are just a small token of our appreciation for your support. To all of you who donate to the OTW, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

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We believe that creation thrives in community, and that fandom especially requires spaces to exist free from censorship, open to all, and without threat of disappearing. In a world where fan labor is so often exploited, censorship is mandated, and information remains in flux, the Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) aims to create spaces where all are welcome to create, analyze, and preserve. And to do that, we rely on your donations.

The Archive of Our Own's Hugo Award serves as both a celebration and reminder of the importance of fannish spaces where all are free to create, post, and share, but it's only one of the many ways that the OTW serves fandom. Whether you're reading the latest volume of Transformative Works and Cultures or searching through Fanhackers' fan studies bibliography, our research and reference is open and available to all. Through Open Doors and our Legal Advocacy, we preserve fanworks and protect the right to create and share what we love. And through Fanlore, we make sure you can write about it, so that fandom today is remembered tomorrow.

There's no premium level to our projects, nor is there early access to unlock. Everything we do is available for everyone, regardless of who they are and what they do. But the only way we can make this possible is through your generous donations.

In Naomi Novik’s Hugo Award acceptance speech on behalf of the Archive of Our Own, she extended her thanks to everyone who helps make our work possible, from the founders and volunteers through to the users who create, comment, and leave kudos on our works every day. She also thanked our donors, and we'd like to echo that now, and invite you to contribute and help us to continue providing open fannish spaces to all who would create and share. Any donation of US$10 or more will also give you the option of becoming a member of the OTW for the next year, allowing you to help further shape the future of what we do through our annual elections.

Want to celebrate our projects and accomplishments even more? We've got some great thank-you gifts to show off your love. More on those coming soon.

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Organization for Transformative Works: 2019 Budget Update

Earlier in the year, the Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) published its 2019 budget. With the end of the year drawing closer, we’d like to issue an update on our financial activity for the remainder of the year, and how our plans have altered or progressed.

Our Finance team continues to track the OTW’s financial activity, prepare financial statements and reports, and ensure compliance with accounting standards and regulations. We’ve worked to improve and document our processes, help the OTW plan its financial future, and are close to concluding the annual audit of our 2018 financial statements.

Without further ado, here’s our updated budget for 2019 (download the budget spreadsheet for more information):

2019 Expenses

Expenses by program: Archive of Our Own: 74.2%. Open Doors: 0.3%. Transformative Works and Cultures: 0.4%. Fanlore: 2.3%. Legal Advocacy: 1.1%. Con Outreach: 0.1%. Admin: 11.2%. Fundraising: 10.4%.

Archive of Our Own (AO3)

US$74,984.28 spent; US$259,366.95 left

  • US$74,984.28 spent so far out of US$334,351.23 total this year, as of July 31, 2019.
  • 74.2% of the OTW's expenses go towards maintaining the AO3. This includes the bulk of our server expenses—both new purchases and ongoing colocation and maintenance—website performance monitoring tools and various systems-related licences (access all program expenses).
  • This year's AO3 expenses include US$30,000.00 in contractor costs for upgrades and security testing, of which US$15,000.00 has already been spent to upgrade Ruby for the Archive.
  • Additionally, AO3 expenses include a significant server overhaul and expansion of roughly US$177,000.00. New virtualisation servers will replace the current equipment, making testing and deployment of code for the Archive much smoother. The old servers will be repurposed as storage for the new servers. Other new servers will expand the Archive's capacity to serve pages and search results to users with fewer connection issues.
  • Other anticipated costs include US$33,000.00 for a Systems contractor, who will do some work for the Archive's hardware infrastructure.

Fanlore

US$1,477.22 spent; US$8,896.97 left

  • US$1,477.22 spent so far out of US$10,374.19 total this year, as of July 31, 2019.
  • Fanlore expenses are mostly its allocation of server purchases and maintenance and colocation costs, in addition to Fanlore web domains (access all program expenses).
  • The new virtualisation servers mentioned above will also serve Fanlore pages and store Fanlore wiki backups.

Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC)

US$275.00 spent; US$1,558.80 left

  • US$275.00 spent so far out of US$1,833.00 total this year, as of July 31, 2019.
  • Transformative Works and Cultures’ expenses are the journal's website hosting, and publishing and storage fees (access all program expenses).

Open Doors

US$244.20 spent; US$1,050.34 left

  • US$244.20 spent so far out of US$1,294.54 total this year, as of July 31, 2019.
  • Open Doors' expenses consist of hosting, backup, and domain costs for imported fanwork archives (access all program expenses).

Legal Advocacy

US$0.00 spent; US$5,000.00 left

  • US$0.00 spent so far out of US$5,000.00 total this year, as of July 31, 2019.
  • Legal's expenses consist of filing fees and travel expenses for conferences and hearings, when and if they are required (access all program expenses).

Con Outreach

US$0.00 spent; US$500.00 left

  • US$0.00 spent so far out of US$500.00 total this year, as of July 31, 2019.
  • Budgeted expenses include US$100 for printing flyers and US$400 for other convention outreach activities on behalf of the OTW (access all program expenses).

Fundraising

US$23,100.09 spent; US$23,700.00 left

  • US$23,100.09 spent so far out of US$46,800.09 total this year, as of July 31, 2019.
  • Our fundraising expenses consist of transaction fees charged by our third-party payment processors for each donation; thank-you gift purchases and shipping; and the tools used to host the OTW’s membership database and track communications with donors and potential donors (access fundraising expenses).

Administration

US$17,051.93 spent; US$33,388.97 left

  • US$17,051.93 spent so far out of US$50,440.80 total this year, as of July 31, 2019.
  • The OTW’s administrative expenses include hosting for our website, insurance, tax filing, and annual financial statement audits, as well as communication, management, and accounting tools (access all admin expenses).

2019 Revenue

OTW revenue: April drive donations: 44.9%. October drive donations: 23.8%. Non-drive donations: 26.1%. Donations from matching programs: 5.1%. Interest income: 0.1%.

  • The OTW is entirely supported by your donations—thank you for your generosity!
  • We receive most of our donations each year in the April and October fundraising drives, which together should account for about 68.7% of our income in 2019. We also receive donations via employer matching programs, Amazon Smile, and PayPal Giving Fund, which administers donations from programs like Humble Bundle. If you'd like to support us while making purchases on those websites, please select the Organization for Transformative Works as your charity of choice!
  • Given your generosity in previous years, we have a healthy amount in reserves, which we plan to keep in store for a rainy day. Thanks to this, we can explore alternative revenue sources to supplement your donations. The Finance team has made progress in its search for a suitable investment method for a small non-profit organization like the OTW and aims to fully set up a low-risk, conservative investment portfolio by the end of 2019.
  • US$346,650.73 received so far (as of July 31, 2019) and US$546,750.73 projected to be received by the end of the year.

US$346,650.73 donated; US$200,100.00 left

Got questions?

If you have any questions about the budget or the OTW's finances, please contact the Finance committee. We will also be hosting an open chat to answer any questions you may have. This chat will take place in our public chatroom on October 13 8PM UTC (what time is that in my timezone?).

Here is the link to the open chat! Come chat with us, and bring your questions! The chat is now over. To contact the Finance Committee with any quesitons, please fill out the form on our website<.a>.

To download the OTW’s updated budget for 2019 in spreadsheet format, please follow this link.

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2019-10-03 11:00:53 -0400
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Five Things an OTW Volunteer Said

Every month or so the OTW will be doing a Q&A with one of its volunteers about their experiences in the organization. The posts express each volunteer's personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Today's post is with SimK, who volunteers with the Translation Committee.

How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does?

I'm a translator, beta and the team coordinator for the Malay language translation team. We translate, among other things, news posts and announcements, as well as support sections for the OTW and AO3 such as the FAQ and Terms of Service. While there's not much fanfiction in Malay on the Archive, it's important that it remain accessible to non-English speakers, or anyone who has an easier time with their native language, especially sections that can help members use the site to their full enjoyment.

What is a typical week like for you as a volunteer?

When it comes to translating and beta-ing, I don't really have a set schedule and generally do it after work on weekdays. As a team coordinator I organize team meetings that I try to keep fairly regular, where we discuss terms and some of the more complicated translations we face. We work together to set standard terms in order to maintain consistency throughout our translations, but that isn't always easy. Colloquial Malay, which we use on an everyday basis, can differ very much from standard written Malay, and we often end up with long discussions about exactly how formal or "slangy" we should go.

What made you decide to volunteer?

I'm not living in Malaysia at the moment, and when I saw the recruitment notice I saw it as an excellent opportunity to maintain my command of Malay and to keep in touch with the language, especially living in a country now where almost no one speaks it. I've also been using the Archive almost since its inception; it's only right that I give back to the community that has given me so much joy over the years.

What's the most fun thing to you about volunteering for the OTW?

Finding out how much work goes on behind the scenes. Most people are familiar with the Archive, but aren't aware of the many other branches that the coexist with it, such as Fanlore, Transformative Works and Cultures, Open Doors and Legal Advocacy. Running all that takes a lot of work and it's just great to be a part of that.

Within the translation team itself, my favourite parts are the post-meeting chats where we talk about some of the stranger phrases we've had to translate, complain about Malay and English language conventions, and reminiscence about our Malaysian education system. Also sometimes just wrangling with a particularly tricky translation can be immensely satisfying. I really enjoy translating legalese, FAQs and any exciting announcements that the OTW and AO3 have to make, such as this year's Hugo Awards News Packet.

What fannish things do you like to do?

I read and write a lot of fanfic, and every now and then try my hand at a fanvid. I joined fandom in the early 2000s (when Geocities was still around!) and haven't left since. Over the years, I've cycled through various fandoms, making a [bad?] habit of arriving slightly too late once most of the excitement has passed. But as it goes in fandom, there's always someone still hanging around, or discovering it at the same time as you are, so it's never dull. I love rarepairs, and in my current fandom I'm trying to nurture a few pairing canoes, alongside the steady tugboat of my OTP.


Now that our volunteer’s said five things about what they do, it’s your turn to ask one more thing! Feel free to ask about their work in comments. Or if you'd like, you can check out earlier Five Things posts.

The Organization for Transformative Works is the non-profit parent organization of multiple projects including Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Open Doors, Transformative Works and Cultures, and OTW Legal Advocacy. We are a fan run, entirely donor-supported organization staffed by volunteers. Find out more about us on our website.

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2019-09-25 12:44:29 -0400
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OTW Recruitment banner by Erin

Do you have experience in communications? Or would you like to assist AO3 users by resolving complaints? Are you fluent in a Chinese dialect? The Organization for Transformative Works is recruiting!

We're excited to announce the opening of applications for:

  • Elections Communication Specialist - closing 02 October 2019 at 23:59 UTC
  • Policy & Abuse Staff - closing 02 October 2019 at 23:59 UTC
  • Policy & Abuse Staff (Chinese) - closing 02 October 2019 at 23:59 UTC

We have included more information on each role below. Open roles and applications will always be available at the volunteering page. If you don't see a role that fits with your skills and interests now, keep an eye on the listings. We plan to put up new applications every few weeks, and we will also publicize new roles as they become available.

All applications generate a confirmation page and an auto-reply to your e-mail address. We encourage you to read the confirmation page and to whitelist our email address in your e-mail client. If you do not receive the auto-reply within 24 hours, please check your spam filters and then contact us.

If you have questions regarding volunteering for the OTW, check out our Volunteering FAQ.


Elections Communication Specialist

Do you have strong non-fiction or technical writing skills? Are you interested in writing and editing public newsposts? Then come join the Elections team!

The Elections Committee is responsible for running OTW Board elections; we ensure the fairness, timeliness, and confidentiality of the process. We are currently looking for Communications Specialists to act as the lead writers and editors of the committee. They are responsible for the quality of public news posts and large announcements, as well as editing internal documentation.

Applications are due 02 October 2019


Policy & Abuse Staff

The AO3 Policy & Abuse Committee is dedicated to helping users deal with the various situations that may arise. We also handle any complaints that come in about content uploaded to the Archive of Our Own. The team determines if complaints are about legitimate violations of the Terms of Service, and what to do about them if they are; our major goals are to adhere to the TOS, to make our reasoning and processes as clear and transparent as possible, and to keep every individual case completely confidential. We work closely with other AO3 related committees such as Support and Content.

We are seeking people who can keep in close contact, be patient in rephrasing explanations, make and document decisions, cooperate within and outside of their team, and ask for help when it's needed. Staffers need to be able to handle complex and sometimes-disturbing content, and must be able to commit a sufficient amount of time to the team on a regular basis.

Policy & Abuse staffers are required to spend at least five hours a week handling committee work, though it often tends to be more. Please be sure you can handle the workload before applying.

Applications are due 02 October 2019


Policy & Abuse Staff (Chinese)

The AO3 Policy & Abuse Committee is dedicated to helping users deal with the various situations that may arise. We also handle any complaints that come in about content uploaded to the Archive of Our Own. The team determines if complaints are about legitimate violations of the Terms of Service, and what to do about them if they are; our major goals are to adhere to the TOS, to make our reasoning and processes as clear and transparent as possible, and to keep every individual case completely confidential. We work closely with other AO3 related committees such as Support and Content.

We are seeking people who can keep in close contact, be patient in rephrasing explanations, make and document decisions, cooperate within and outside of their team, and ask for help when it's needed. Staffers need to be able to handle complex and sometimes-disturbing content, and must be able to commit a sufficient amount of time to the team on a regular basis.

Policy & Abuse staffers are required to spend at least 5 hours a week handling committee work, though it often tends to be more. Please be sure you can handle the workload before applying.

Staffers for this position will need to be able to use both English and Chinese fluently. (Traditional and Simplified both welcome).

Applications are due 02 October 2019


Apply at the volunteering page!

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2019-09-14 13:49:21 -0400
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Banner by caitie of a newspaper with the name and logos of the OTW and its projects on the pages

I. THE ARCHIVE OF OUR OWN WINS A HUGO AWARD

Champagne and fireworks!! The Archive of Our Own won the 2019 Hugo Award for Best Related Work at the Hugo Awards ceremony at Dublin 2019: an Irish Worldcon, the 77th World Science Fiction Convention.

We're thrilled by this win, and we thank everyone who has helped AO3 get to where it is today. We had a party over on our Tumblr and our Twitter to celebrate with fans.

II. 2019 OTW BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTIONS RESULTS

Congrats to our newest Board members: Kirsten Wright and Rebecca Sentance!

The 2019 Board of Directors elections ran from 10-12 August, with results announced on 13 August.

Thanks to all the candidates who ran, the volunteers and staff from across the OTW (especially from the Communications, Translation, Webs, and Development & Membership committees) who assisted the Elections committee, and to all the members who made their voices heard by voting. 2019 saw, according to Elections' voting statistics, the highest turnout ever for an OTW election, with a 22.5% turnout of potential voter (an increase over 2018's 14.6%). Even more impressive was the 270% increase in the number of ballots cast (from 827 to 2234)!

III. AT THE AO3

AO3's Hugo Award win caused ripples behind the scenes of the Archive, too. Support saw its overall ticket numbers go up in August, as a result of many users writing in with congratulations! By contrast, Policy & Abuse received approximately 1,000 tickets this month, down from July's 1,500.

All of these tickets for Support and Policy & Abuse rely on web-based forms, and those forms don't work without some back-end help! Accessibility, Design & Technology spent August, amongst other tasks, on the Zoho API migration, which keeps the forms working without interruption. They thank both Support and Policy & Abuse for their help testing; please see the Release Notes for additional information.

Also during August, Open Doors completed the import of Underground, an archive dedicated to the 1986 film Labyrinth.

Finally, Tag Wrangling handled around 232,000 tags in July, slightly up from the previous month. August numbers will be available next month.

III. TRANSFORMATIVE WORKS AND CULTURES CALL FOR PAPERS

TWC's Production team has been preparing General issue No. 30 (September 2019) and special issue No. 31 on "Fan Fiction and Ancient Scribal Cultures" (December 2019), while their editorial teams have been reviewing and accepting essays for the three upcoming issues in 2020. If you are interested in upcoming issues or potentially contributing, check out TWC's Calls for Papers for upcoming special issues on "Fandom and Theatre" and "Fan Studies Pedagogies."

IV. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

As of 26 August the OTW has 753 volunteers. \o/ Recent personnel movements are listed below.

New Committee Staff: Jessie Casiulis (Translation), Reanna (Support)
New Tag Wrangler Volunteers: AllanV, Allonym, Alyndra, aproudhermit, ArcadianMaggie, argentconflagration, Bagel, Barnesarmed, Beth Paige, BiffElderberry, bredrumm, BrinaH, Chach, CJ Apple, crimsonherbarium, DAzebras, Deirdre, Ekala, Ekevka, Ellsey, endofthyme, faejilly, Fluegel, Giana, Harlow, iroh, JR, kentucka, Kittiehawke, Klyn, ladybubblegum, LauraKellyA, mits, morcise, Ocèanna, pixxc, Raven, RedShepherd, Sarah Fox, Thane, vindetta and 1 other Tag Wrangler
New Translation Volunteers: Gakovic, Mira.A and 3 other Translators

Departing Committee Chairs: Kate Flanagan (Fanlore)
Departing Committee Staff: 1 Systems staffer
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Bella Irvine and Rebecca Lee
Departing Translation Volunteers: Sunny, vasilymo and 5 other volunteers

For more information about the purview of our committees, please access the committee listing on our website.


The Organization for Transformative Works is the non-profit parent organization of multiple projects including Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Open Doors, Transformative Works and Cultures, and OTW Legal Advocacy. We are a fan run, entirely donor-supported organization staffed by volunteers. Find out more about us on our website.

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