OTW Signal, July 2024

Every month in OTW Signal we’ll take a look at stories that connect to the OTW’s mission and projects, including legal, technology, academic, fannish history, and preservation issues that are important for fandom, fan culture or transformative works. In the News The internet might not be forever, but decay is. A recent report from Pew Research Center investigates the trends of link rot and digital decay throughout the decades. A quarter of all webpages that existed at one point between 2013 and 2023 are no longer accessible, as of October 2023. For older content, this trend is even starker. Some 38% of webpages that existed… Read more

Five Things whetherwoman 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 whetherwoman, who volunteers on our Volunteers & Recruiting committee. How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does? As a volunteer on the Volunteering & Recruiting Committee (VolCom) I help recruit and onboard new volunteers for the OTW, keep records up to date for current volunteers, give or remove access to OTW-wide tools,… Read more

OTW Board Meeting, July 14, 2024

The OTW Board will be holding its next public meeting from 13:00 to 14:00 UTC on July 14 (what time is that for me?). This meeting will be held in the Board Discord server. The server will have a team of moderators, and a set of rules and community guidelines. The server is open even after the meeting, but the channels for meeting and asking questions will be read-only. Board will be posting replies to questions that cannot be addressed during the scheduled meeting hour. The agenda will include: Decisions made since the last public board meeting Organizational Culture Roadmap Update Board Year Roadmap Update… Read more

2024 OTW Elections Candidates Announcement

The Organization for Transformative Works is pleased to announce the following candidates for the 2024 Election (in alphabetical order by given name): C. Ryan S. Erica F. Rachel L. Tish S. Because we have 2 seats to be filled and 4 candidates, the 2024 election will be contested – that is, the members of the OTW will vote on which candidates fill the seats. The Elections Committee is excited to introduce the candidates to all of the members of the OTW! Included in this post are links to short Bios and Platforms written by the candidates. This post also marks the beginning of our Q&A… Read more

House of Tucker is Moving to the AO3

The House of Tucker, a Star Trek: Enterprise fanworks archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3). In this post: A bit of background explanation What this means for creators who had work(s) on House of Tucker And what to do if you still have questions Background explanation House of Tucker was a Star Trek: Enterprise fansite dedicated to the character Charles “Trip” Tucker III. The site included five subsites where fanfiction was posted: ¡TRIP!, Trip/T’Polers, Archer*Trip, Trip*Malcolm, and Soval Annex. The purpose of the Open Doors Committee’s Online Archive Rescue Project is to assist moderators of archives to incorporate the fanworks… Read more