Celebrate Our 14th Anniversary: OTW

Celebrating the OTW’s 14th Anniversary

Break out the party hats, the Organization for Transformative Works is 14 today! We are delighted to celebrate another anniversary with you all.

The OTW’s mission since we launched has been to protect fan history and culture in all its forms. All of our projects work towards this goal. Over the past 14 years, OTW volunteers have rescued hundreds of fanworks from threatened platforms and archives; acted as a voice for fans regarding copyright legislation around the world; published 35 journal issues’ worth of peer-reviewed fan studies scholarship; built and supported a fan culture wiki that our users have edited over 1 million times; and developed an archive that now contains over 8 million fanworks. Read More

Gold and black banner with streamers and text reading '1 Million Edits' with the Fanlore logo below

Fanlore Celebrates One Million Edits

Fanlore, the Organization for Transformative Works’ collaborative wiki about all things fandom, is celebrating a huge milestone: one million edits!

Fanlore is a multi-fandom, free and open wiki that was designed to be a living, evolving record of fandom’s past and present. Like AO3, it was created by fans in 2008 and, since then, fans have built an ever-expanding record of our shared history.

To celebrate this momentous event, we’re inviting you to take part in a scavenger hunt across Fanlore for the chance to win a Citrus Scale sticker set, as well as commemorative badges that you can add to your Fanlore User page – or anywhere you want! Read More

6 Million Fanworks

The Archive of Our Own Hits Six Million Posted Works!

As you may already know, we’ve been busy here at the OTW over the last few months: usage of AO3 has risen significantly since much of the world went into lockdown (you can learn more about it in this stats post). With that in mind, it’s not surprising that we’ve hit our next major milestone. Yes, that’s right! We now host six million fanworks on the Archive of Our Own!

The AO3 launched in November 2009. It took 54 months – or four and a half years – before we reached the first million fanworks, in February 2014. The gaps between the milestones have been decreasing ever since; we hit two million in December 2015 (22 months), three million in April 2017 (16 months), four million in July 2018 (15 months), and five million in July 2019 (12 months). And now here we are just 10 months after that, celebrating our six millionth fanwork. Any bets on when we’ll reach seven million?!

Six million is a huge number – so big that it’s hard to conceptualise. But every individual fanwork is the product of somebody’s time, thought, and imagination. We’re so grateful to all of you, the fan creators and fanworks consumers who continue to make the Archive such a lively, enjoyable community. And if you’d like to celebrate by recommending one (or six!) of your favourite fanworks in the comments, we’d love to hear about them!