AD&T Tester Training and Open House – Learn All About It!

Do you test for the Archive of Our Own or would you like to do so? Now is the time to learn how! The OTW’s Accessibility, Design, & Technology committee will host an introductory chat on testing for the OTW and the AO3. The chat is aimed at current testers, new testers, and anyone who thinks they might be interested and wants to find out what testing’s all about.

The chat will be held on Saturday 30 July at 21:00 UTC (what time is it in my timezone?) in OTW’s public chatroom on Campfire. The chatroom can be accessed at

Accessibility, Design, & Technology is the guiding body that coordinates software design and development on behalf of the Organization for Transformative Works.

Links Roundup for 17 March 2011

We’re highlighting two recent news items that are of interest to fans — one encouraging, and one less so.

  • White House wants new copyright law crackdown
  • The White House has issued a white paper from the office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, Victoria Espinel, proposing new digital intellectual property laws. Included in the proposals is making “illegal streaming” of audio or video a federal felony, paired with an expansion of wiretapping powers that would allow enforcement agencies to eavesdrop on private communications in order to investigate suspected copyright violations, something previously only allowed for serious crimes, such as suspected terrorism and use of weapons of mass destruction.

    The report also advocates for new U.S. law that would “clarify that infringement by streaming, or by means of other similar new technology, is a felony in appropriate circumstances,” a broad directive, the future implications of which are difficult to predict. As CNet noted, “The term ‘fair use’ does not appear anywhere in the report.”

    If you’d like to read the entire 20-page report, it can be viewed as a pdf here.

  • The Ada Initiative
  • The Ada Initiative, named for Ada Lovelace, considered the world’s first computer programmer, is a new non-profit organization to encourage women’s participation in FOSS, the free culture movement, and related initiatives. OTW Board member Francesca Coppa has joined their advisory board.

    As one of its first actions, the Initiative is conducting the Ada Initiative Census of women in open technology and culture. OTW members and supporters include a high ratio of women who are participants in open communities and are actively working to build those communities — including administrators of fannish wikis, OTW volunteers in all our projects, Dreamwidth developers, unconference organizers, and others. If you think this might be you, we encourage taking a moment to fill out the census to help guide the Initiative’s work.

We want your suggestions! If you know of an essay, video, article, event, or link you think we should know about you can submit it in three easy ways: comment on the most recent Link Roundup on, LJ, or DW, tag a link with “for:otw_news” on Delicious or give @OTW_News a shoutout on Twitter. Links are welcome in all languages!

Submitting a link doesn’t guarantee that it will be included in a roundup post, and inclusion of a link doesn’t mean that it is endorsed by the OTW.

October Drive – Celebrating the Archive of Our Own

The Archive of Our Own has had an exciting year. We bought shiny, shiny servers (of our own!) in September 2009, allowing us to move out of closed beta and share the wonderful fruits of our coders’ and testers’ labor with the rest of fandom! Since entering Open Beta on 15 November 2009, we’ve had a dizzying succession of exciting achievements!

To list just a few…

  • We’ve introduced tons of awesome features, both big and small: the ability to backdate a work, new options for bookmarking and reccing, skins, mobile downloads, tools for running collections and challenges, and many, many more!
  • We saw two successful challenges run as test cases for our collections code – Yuletide Treasure in December 2009 and Remix Redux in March 2010 – and saw many more wonderful challenges and collections set up home on the Archive, including the Final Fantasy fanworks exchange, the House M.D. Big Bang Challenge, and the LGBT fest.
  • We celebrated the first birthday of the servers of our own with a party, cake and lots of fannish creativity!
  • We helped set up two new committees in the OTW – Tag Wranglers and Support – who joined Accessibility, Design & Technology in managing the day-to-day work on the Archive!
  • On 20 August 2010 we hit 100,000 works on the Archive!
  • On 10 October 2010 (10/10/10!) we hit 10,000 registered Archive users!
  • We add approximately 150 new users per week (and we have more requests that that – we have to add people slowly so the site can cope).

We have so many more exciting things planned, including art and vid hosting, subscriptions, improved challenge code, more options for bookmarking and reccing, private messages, and better commenting features.

All of this cool stuff is made possible by the collective contribution of fandom, which has come together to code, test, run systems, tag wrangle, provide user support, offer legal advice to help protect the fannish mission of the Archive, and support the AO3 financially through donations to the OTW. Our user numbers grow every day, and the servers of our own are already creaking under the weight of all that fannish passion and creativity. Thanks to the support of our members, we’re already able to commit to buying new, more powerful servers (our Systems committee are choosing them RIGHT NOW) – but we need your continuing financial support going forward to keep on extending our infrastructure, and to pay for bandwidth and hosting costs.

Make sure fandom can continue to own our own servers! Donate to the OTW now!