OTW Celebrates!

Happy SysAdmin Day 2017

Happy SysAdmin day! Here at the OTW, we’d like to take the opportunity to say thank you to our critical Systems team and highlight their work.

As with the rest of the OTW, our Systems Committee is staffed entirely by volunteers, but they can have long and disruptive on-call situations due to the nature of their work. The fact that our projects — Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Transformative Works and Cultures, the Fanhackers blog, and Open Doors — are accessible is evidence that they’re on the job.

Systems maintains the servers for our projects and also our organization website, the Elections website, internal wiki and email service. They also respond to reports about these sites and let you know when they’re troubleshooting or installing updates.
For a good look at what an urgent as well as a slow process this can be, you can read a report from them about what this entails. These reports also help us understand how to plan for the future so as to avoid similar problems.

If you want to stay updated on developments and downtimes at our sites, you can subscribe to one of our twitter accounts:

Because of Systems, fandom can own the servers, so our Systems team gifts us year-round. Let them know you’re happy they do!

Five Things and OTW Volunteer Said

Five Things Rachel G. 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 Rachel G., who volunteers as a graphics volunteer for the Communications Committee.

How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does?

As a volunteer graphic designer for the Communications Committee I create graphics that are used across multiple platforms to promote OTW events and materials. I primarily work on graphics for OTW tumblr events such as the Fandom First Friday. These F3 graphics are used to announce the monthly theme of the tumblr multi-fandom discussions and posting events each month.


Transformative Works and Cultures releases No. 24

Transformative Works and Cultures has released No. 24, a special issue on Queer Female Fandom, guest edited by Julie Levin Russo and Eve Ng.

The essays in this issue focus on queer women as the object of fan study. Texts analyzed include Rizzoli & Isles, Grey’s Anatomy, The L Word, Wynonna Earp, The 100, Orphan Black, and Once Upon a Time. In addition, authors discuss J-pop and K-pop musicians and independent Web series. A multimedia piece by editor Russo provides examples of queer female fan vids.