Links Roundup

* Fanlore has hit 10,000 articles!!! We’re not 100 percent sure, but we think the 10,000th article was on fan Virginia Lee Smith. For Valentine’s Day, consider adding someone or something you love to Fanlore!

* Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism: A young German novelist has published a bestselling novel called Axolotl Roadkill which cites–or as the author says, remixes–chunks of various other published works without attribution. While some have called this plagiarism, others see the quotations as thematic, and the accusations have not stopped the book from being nominated for a major prize.

* NPR did a story about World’s Fair Use Day called When Fair Use Isn’t Fair: the story features interviews with Jonathan McIntosh, Public Knowledge president Gigi Sohn, and others.

* Last but not least, friend of the OTW Nina Paley, the animator who made Sita Sings The Blues, has been making “minute memes” for Her latest work is called All Creative Work Is Derivative; that link will take you to a description of her process in making this video.

AD&T Meeting – 6 February 2010

All the latest news on the Archive of Our Own behind the cut! Mirrored from an original post on the Archive of Our Own.

First fully-fledged AD&T meeting of the year! This week we got stuck into some of the issues carried over from last year, and started thinking about our major plans for next year.

Deploy schedule

Over the last few months, we’ve had a LOT of new code pushed to the site (you may have noticed *g*). We have two more big things in the pipeline (our front end review and a big enhancement for tags) and before those go live, we’re taking the time to do a full regression test. This means that our testers will go through the whole site and check that everything is behaving as it should. Depending on how well this testing goes, we’re planning:

  • 14 February: deploy to Test – tags and front end code!
  • 26 February: a second deploy to Test – more Collections code and a few more front-end tweaks
  • 5 March: deploy to Beta

Planning for 2010

We’ve been brainstorming about all the things we’d like to do this year. This is a process we’re continuing over the next week or so, but the number of things on out list is already reaching scary proportions. We’ll be doing a dedicated post on this once we finish our list, but stuff we’re definitely planning to do this year includes:

  • More Collections and Challenges stuff: we have a lot more code to go in and are planning another couple of test cases to check it’s all working out.
  • Performance and efficiency: we know our code can get a lot faster, sleeker and more manageable, and we’ll be doing some behind the scenes work on this.
  • Search and browse: we REALLY want to improve our search and browse functions.
  • Skins and viewing options: we’ve been promising them for a while, but we will get there!


If you’d like to see a few statistics on the Archive, check out our post on AO3 statistics: January/February 2010.

If there are things you’d like to do or say, please share them in comments, via the AO3 support and feedback form, by volunteering, or in whatever medium you feel comfortable with. As a trial, we’re opening comments on the mirrored versions of these posts (although we may switch back if it turns out to hinder things). Everyone is welcome to this party!

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Events of interest

A few events that might be of interest to readers of this blog:

* Göttingen, Germany. REMAKE │REMODEL: New Perspectives on Remakes, Film Adaptations, and Fan Productions: is an interdisciplinary conference taking place June 30 – July 2, 2010. The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2010; more information can be found on the linked call for papers.

* Boston, MA (and elsewhere!) On February 25, 2010, Lawrence Lessig will deliver a talk on fair use and politics in online video at the Berkman Center at Harvard Law School. The Open Video Alliance is webcasting the talk at, or you can attend local screenings and events in many cities (check online for more details.)

* Los Angeles, CA, On March 25, 2010, Jonathan McIntosh, Julie Levin Russo (Stanford) and Alexis Lothian (USC) will curate an exhibition called “Subverting Gender and Sexuality with Remix Video” at California State University, Northridge that will feature PRVs (political remix videos) as well as vids. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.