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It's SysAdminDay and the OTW has a lot of things to thank its systems team for. You can add your voice as well! https://goo.gl/vn8m3c
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This month we're celebrating Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC), the OTW's international peer-reviewed academic online journal focused on media studies which has published its 20th issue.

Today we're taking a deeper look at TWC's history. Paul Booth and Lucy Bennett are TWC authors, frequently peer review for the journal, and have guest edited an issue together; Paul is also a TWC editorial board member. Amanda Odom is an author who has written two Symposium articles. All three were kind enough to answer some questions about their experiences with the journal and the field of fan studies. http://bit.ly/1FPGA3x

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This month we're celebrating Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC), the OTW's international peer-reviewed academic online journal focused on media studies which has published its 20th issue.

Today we're taking a deeper look at TWC's history. Paul Booth and Lucy Bennett are TWC authors, frequently peer review for the journal, and have guest edited an issue together; Paul is also a TWC editorial board member. Amanda Odom is an author who has written two Symposium articles. All three were kind enough to answer some questions about their experiences with the journal and the field of fan studies. http://bit.ly/1FPGA3x

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Spotlight on OTW Translation – 140 translators translated over 1,500,000 words in 2,000 documents and 22 languages so far

OTW's Translation Committee is very active and helps us in many ways. Learn more about them in this spotlight: http://bit.ly/1ChOdOD

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Spotlight on OTW Translation – 140 translators translated over 1,500,000 words in 2,000 documents and 22 languages so far

OTW's Translation Committee is very active and helps us in many ways. Learn more about them in this spotlight: http://bit.ly/1ChOdOD

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Transformative Works and Cultures, the academic journal project of the OTW, has just released its fourth issue, a special issue on Supernatural guest edited by Catherine Tosenberger. The special issue contains academic articles, shorter academic- and fan-written Symposium pieces, interviews with Supernatural fans, and book reviews all on the topic of Supernatural. We're incredibly excited to release this special issue because there is so much interest in this topic—and in this fandom.

Guest editor Catherine Tosenberger is an acafan who works as an assistant professor at the University of Winnipeg in Canada. Her PhD is in English from the University of Florida. She specializes in folklore and children's lit, and she is active in the Harry Potter, Glee, and Supernatural fandoms. She's interested in slash, incest, seriality, and the issues surrounding young people on the Internet.

Catherine published an article about Supernatural in TWC No. 1 in 2008 entitled "'The epic love story of Sam and Dean': Supernatural, Queer Readings, and the Romance of Incestuous Fan Fiction." It is the TWC article with the largest number of hits: 22,786 as I write this. She has also published several articles on Harry Potter fan fic, which is the topic of her dissertation.

We asked Catherine five questions—read her answers, just below the cut!

Mirrored from an original post on the OTW Blog.

Read more... )
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One of the five core projects of the OTW is to support the noncommercial sharing of fanworks within fan communities. The official OTW website says:

The OTW believes that fanworks are creative and transformative, core fair uses, and will therefore be proactive in protecting and defending fanworks from commercial exploitation and legal challenge. This help will not be limited to those fans or projects directly connected with OTW.

I'm not a lawyer, nor do I understand much about law -- in twenty-first century America, it seems a tool of the powerful and the rich. When I was younger, I saw the law as a way to facilitate social change, but not so much anymore.

However, even cynical me acknowledges a need for legal resources at times, and a special kind of legal resource for online services. The existence of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a "civil liberties group defending your rights in the digital world," and the work it's doing is one indication of the need for legal analysis and protection.

Spotlight


The other core projects of the OTW )

To keep up with Legal's activities, follow Killalla's updates in the OTW News bi-monthly newsletter.

Written by Mirabile Dictu, with help from the OTW Legal Committee, and with help and support from ComRel.
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Spotlight on . . . coders


Infrastructure is the network of assets "where the system as a whole is intended to be maintained indefinitely at a specified standard of service by the continuing replacement and refurbishment of its components."
-- "Infrastructure," from Wikipedia

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Many of you reading this post are familiar with the OTW's origin story -- or perhaps have your own version of it. (My personal version is that LJ pissed me off; some cool people did something about it; voilà!) But before we focus on the people writing the code for the archive, let's briefly review some of the events leading up to their decision to volunteer.

I'm no historian (nor do I wish to be), but as far as I'm concerned, everything came to a head almost exactly a year ago when Astolat posted a call to arms in which she said, We need a central archive of our own. She began brainstorming about how such an archive would work, others chimed in, and in a matter of days, stuff happened.

(Xenacryst wrote up a good summary of the sequence of events, if you'd like more detail.)

A year later, the plan for the archive is more formalized; the OTW website recently unveiled a very cool road map for the archive that includes many of the original ideas -- and many new ones as well.

How did we get from there to here, with the public launch scheduled for sometime in the next three months? I won't trace the precise trajectory because it's already been done, both in the OTW's annual report and in the OTW's birthday post, but as far as the coders are concerned: after much discussion by many people involved in what became the OTW, two possible programming languages were decided on and a "deathmatch" was held to determine which of the two, Ruby or Python, would be used to do the coding. Ultimately, Ruby was selected, and then more volunteers were invited to participate.

In an attempt to understand who the volunteers were, why they volunteered, and what they are doing, I sent out a series of questions, and a number of the volunteers were kind enough to respond to my email. I found their answers pretty exciting; exciting enough that, after my term with ComRel ends, I'd like to volunteer to assist with coding as well. But on to the coders!

Spotlight


Spotlight on . . . )

Written by Mirabile Dictu, with help from ComRel.
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Spotlight on . . . Naomi Novik

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Why an issue of Spotlight on . . . about Naomi?

Naomi Novik is the first Chair of the Organization for Transformative Works first Board of Directors. )

written by Mira, with much help from Naomi.

I must admit that I personally measure success in terms of the contributions an individual makes to her or his fellow human beings.
-- Margaret Mead
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مرحبا 你好! Salut! Namaste! Ciao! 안녕하세요! Ya'at'eeh! ¡Hola! Hej! Hello!

What is Spotlight on . . .?
A monthly opportunity to highlight some of the more arcane goings-on at the OTW. There are a lot of people doing a lot of work, most of it not readily discernible. Over thirty people are writing the code for the new archive; others are working on the content policy of the archive; others are starting the first membership drive (which went live Monday, 24 March, 2008); some are writing the first Annual Report of the organization, including the financial overview; and many more people are involved in many more projects. The OTW currently has almost ninety staff members (including the Board) plus volunteers all putting in many hours each week on these projects. We'd like to share some of them with you.

If you're interested in a particular person, committee, or project, please email Community Relations at comrel@transformativeworks.org!

Why start with the translation subcommittee?
Because it's new and shiny? Because it's near and dear to my heart? Because it began as a small project coordinated by ComRel that kept growing and growing? Mostly because it's such important work if the OTW is to achieve its vision of a safe place for any fan or fandom looking for "unhindered cross-pollination and exchange of fannish ideas and cultures."

Spotlight on Translation )

--written by [livejournal.com profile] mirabile_dictu with significant assistance from [livejournal.com profile] ciderpress

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Community Relations Committee

ETA: If you can help with translations, please comment here or drop the Volunteers committee a note at volunteers@transformativeworks.org. And thank you!

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