Committees & Workgroups

The OTW is organized into committees and workgroups, which are all made up of volunteers. Each committee and workgroup has a specific focus, though most work together in supporting various OTW projects and contributing to the success of the organization. If you’re interested in giving of your time to support the OTW, check the volunteer listings to see if there’s an open position that matches your skills and interests. The OTW committees and workgroups are:

Committees
Abuse
Accessibility, Design, & Technology
AO3 Documentation
Communications
Development & Membership
Elections
Fan Video & Multimedia
Finance
Internationalization & Outreach
Journal
Legal
Open Doors
Strategic Planning
Support
Systems
Tag Wrangling
Translation
Volunteers & Recruiting
Webs
Wiki
Workgroups
Content Policy

Committees

Abuse
Chair: Matty Bowers
Handles abuse functions for the Archive of Our Own, such as complaints and Terms of Service violations.

Accessibility, Design, & Technology
Co-Chairs: mumble & sarken
Coordinates software design and development on behalf of the Organization for Transformative Works. The main project currently occupying the Committee is the creation of an open-source software package, OTW-Archive, to build and support the Archive of Our Own.

AO3 Documentation
Co-Chairs: Claire P. Baker & hele braunstein
The AO3 Documentation Committee exists to create and maintain complete and up-to-date user-facing and internal documentation for the Archive of Our Own. This includes but is not limited to FAQs, tutorials, screencasts, and other AO3-related documentation.

Communications
Co-Chairs: Janita Burgess & Kiri Van Santen
Handles press releases, newsletters, blog posts, media contacts, and other tasks related to promoting our various projects. Additionally, promotes communication within the OTW itself, keeping information flowing between the various committees.

Development & Membership
Chair: Amy Lowell
Handles fundraising and membership-building for the organization. Also maintains our secure database of member and donor information, and ensures that each member is able to vote in OTW elections.

Elections
Co-Chairs: briar_pipe & Mahewa
The Elections Committee runs the annual election for members of the Board of Directors of the OTW. This election takes place in November every year, voted on by the paid members of the OTW. Elections is responsible for all aspects of the elections process, from start to finish. These include candidate preparation, technical aspects of running the election, making certain the entire process follows our by-laws, and running the candidacy period (when candidates are introduced to the members and are asked questions).

Fan Video & Multimedia
Chair: Tisha Turk
Manages the OTW’s projects related to video and multimedia from all fannish traditions, including information and resources for creators and scholars, embeds at the AO3, oral histories of vidding, a test suite of fair use vids to help with legal advocacy, and a dark archive for the storage and protection of fan video.

Finance
Chair: Atiya Hakeem
Tracks spending, writes checks, maintains financial records, and develops a budget for the OTW.

Internationalization & Outreach
Chair: kiki-eng
Works to increase the international visibility and accessibility of OTW and its projects.

Journal
Chair: Karen Hellekson
Administers Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC), an international peer-reviewed twice-yearly academic online journal in the field of media studies. This involves administering TWC’s open-source journal software (OJS), considering submissions, and working with authors and content as necessary. They also shepherd documents through OJS for peer review, revision, copyedit, and layout.

Legal
Chair: Betsy Rosenblatt
Carries out the Organization’s Legal Advocacy activities, advises the Board and various committees on legal matters, and liaises with other advocacy groups and outside legal counsel. Mostly comprised of legal professionals.

Open Doors
Chair: Michelle Dong
Open Doors works to preserve at-risk fanworks of all kinds.

Strategic Planning
Chair: Elliot Oberholtzer
Reviews and revises the strategic plan for the OTW every 1 – 3 years.

Support
Co-Chairs: CJ Record & Nary
Handles communication between users and the various teams involved with the Archive of Our Own. The Support team helps to resolve technical problems experienced by users and passes on users’ feedback.

Systems
Co-Chairs: Amanda Furrow & Karen Johnson
Manages servers and infrastructure for the OTW and its projects.

Tag Wrangling
Co-Chairs: briar_pipe & Qem
Sorts and organizes tags on the Archive of Our Own according to the Archive’s Tag Wrangling guidelines, linking related tags together for better filtering and searching, while allowing users to tag their works however they prefer.

Translation
Co-Chairs: Priscilla Del Cima, Trey C. & SunnyB
Coordinates volunteer translators and liaises with other committees to make their projects and documents available in as many languages as possible.

Volunteers & Recruiting
Co-Chairs: Alison Watson & Curtis Jefferson
Recruits and manages volunteers and staffers for all committees and projects, equips them with a variety of tools, and tracks their service. Volunteers also maintains a large database of volunteer records, manages staffing drives, and creates internal reference materials and documentation for OTW projects and committees. This aids internal transparency and continuity by building and maintaining a robust knowledgebase.

Webs
Co-Chairs: Alex Tischer (Acting) & James Baxter
The web committee does the design and maintenance for Organization for Transformative Works websites. Our CMS of choice is WordPress, and we’re always looking for qualified developers to help out.

Currently, we are responsible for:

Contact the Web Committee if you’re interested in volunteering, or to report a technical problem with one of the sites above.

Wiki
Co-Chairs: Tiyire & jsparc
Maintains the Fanlore wiki. This includes supporting Fanlore wiki editors, as well as establishing a flexible infrastructure to define and organize the wiki’s content.

 

Workgroups

Content Policy
Lead: Rebecca Tushnet
Designs and implements the Terms of Service and other content policies for the Archive of Our Own.