Unit B, Twisted Sisterhood & Oz Magi are Moving to the AO3

Unit B, Twisted Sisterhood, and Oz Magi, a group of HBO’s Oz fanfiction archives, are being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

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Background explanation

These archives are being imported to the AO3 because of their age. Some content was hosted on Yahoo! Groups, which is now defunct. Other content is hosted using software that is out-of-date and could break at any time, and there’s no one to repair it. The Oz Magi gift exchange collection has already moved to AO3, and we will now be importing its earlier works that were posted elsewhere. We want to make sure that this Oz fiction remains accessible to everyone who wants to read it!

The purpose of the Open Doors Committee’s Online Archive Rescue Project is to assist moderators of archives to incorporate the fanworks from those archives into the Archive of Our Own. Open Doors works with moderators to import their archives when the moderators lack the funds, time, or other resources to continue to maintain their archives independently. It is extremely important to Open Doors that we work in collaboration with moderators who want to import their archives and that we fully credit creators, giving them as much control as possible over their fanworks. Open Doors will be working with Trillingstar to import Unit B (including Cellblock 5), Twisted Sisterhood (including TSXF), and Oz Magi into separate, searchable collections on the Archive of Our Own. As part of preserving the archives in their entirety, all fanart and fanvid files currently in the archives will be hosted on the OTW’s servers, and embedded in their own AO3 work pages.

We will begin importing works from these Oz archives to the AO3 after May. However, the import may not take place for several months or even years, depending on the size and complexity of the archives. Creators are always welcome to import their own works and add them to the collections in the meantime.

What does this mean for creators who had work(s) on these archives?

We will send an import notification to the email address we have for each creator. We’ll do our best to check for an existing copy of any works before importing. If we find a copy already on the AO3, we will invite it to the collection instead of importing it. All works archived on behalf of a creator will include their name in the byline or the summary of the work.

All imported works will be set to be viewable only by logged-in AO3 users. Once you claim your works, you can make them publicly-viewable if you choose. After 30 days, all unclaimed imported works in the Unit B and Magi collections will be made visible to all visitors. However, the Twisted Sisterhood works will remain restricted to logged-in AO3 users only. Once the import is complete, we will then permanently close down the Twisted Sisterhood and Unit B sites.

Please contact Open Doors with your Unit B, Twisted Sisterhood (TSXF), and Oz Magi pseud(s) and email address(es), if:

  1. You’d like us to import your works, but you need the notification sent to a different email address than you used on the original archives.
  2. You already have an AO3 account and have imported your works already yourself.
  3. You’d like to import your works yourself (including if you don’t have an AO3 account yet).
  4. You would NOT like your works moved to the AO3.
  5. You are happy for us to preserve your works on the AO3, but would like us to remove your name.
  6. You have any other questions we can help you with.

Please include the name of the archive in the subject heading of your email. If you no longer have access to the email account associated with your archive account, please contact Open Doors and we’ll help you out. (If you’ve posted the works elsewhere, or have an easy way to verify that they’re yours, that’s great; if not, we will work with the archive mod to confirm your claims.)

Please see the Open Doors Website for instructions on:

If you still have questions…

If you have further questions, visit the Open Doors FAQ, or contact the Open Doors committee.

We’d also love it if fans could help us preserve the story of Oz’s Unit B, Twisted Sisterhood & TSXF, and Magi on Fanlore. If you’re new to wiki editing, no worries! Check out the new visitor portal, or ask the Fanlore Gardeners for tips.

We’re excited to be able to help preserve these Oz archives!

– The Open Doors team and Trillingstar

Commenting on this post will be disabled in 14 days, on 14 May. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments regarding this import after that date, please contact Open Doors.

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