AD&T Weekly Meeting: 26th September 2009

We continue to keep you updated on the AO3 by crossposting our ADT chair’s summary of their weekly meetings. You can comment or ask questions below or on her original post at http://samvara.dreamwidth.org/422082.html. We hope you find these notes informative!


Sat 11pm – 1:30am it was a busy day and a big meeting chaired by our beautiful [info - personal] bingeling who is totally showing off her skillz.

Colocation: Test team has confirmed it’s looking good from a data/functionality perspective so now we’re going look at performance. We’ll be imposing on the Beta tester group to upload as much crap as possible on the 3rd (and I mean crap, we’ll be deleting it after) so as to see how it handles. If all goes well we can start moving the AO3 and our Beta Testers over to our new home

Newsletter Vol. 32. I admit to being amazingly slack, our massive contribution to this document was to point at our AD&T News Post and retire to the fainting couch.

Deploy Schedule: Everything except Invitations is on Test right now – we updated it yesterday. We are of course dependent on Invitations to go ahead and are hoping to deploy that in the next couple of days but we wanted to get the testing team started on all the other changes. We’re willing to accept the risk of changing Test after the testers have started because the Invitations code doesn’t interact with or affect the rest of the Archive very much, plus we’re working through the individual fixes and new code before we start in on regression testing proper.

  • Admin FAQ/Updates: I’ve posted my first ‘Weekly Meeting’ update on Test and shoved in a ‘Known Issues’ page as well! OMG I love you so much.
  • Bookmarks: this looks amazing, the improvements are significant and I love looking at them. We know we need to look at stripped down views next because right now you see EVERYTHING but we want user feedback on what works for you first.
  • Front Page: The new splash page makes me happy every time I see it as do the new navigation elements.
  • Importing: the first round is on Test! Individual user importing multiple works or a single work with multiple chapters plus the ability to edit them en mass. *gloats*
  • Internet Explorer 7: We are deeply grateful to [info - personal] cesy for volunteering – she’s done an amazing amount of work on this and the AO3 should be browsable (we’re not promising ‘pretty’ just yet) in IE7 for non logged in users. Yay!
  • Site Map: It’s a baby site map right now but it’s there and all site-mappy and I love it to bitses

Open Beta: Still on for late Oct / early November but dependent on the Invitations code getting finished and testing clean – we’re talking a lot about communication, support and how to be available to resolve any issues that might arise. I have angst about how many new users we can add and really REALLY want to plan around it. It’s hard to accept that we’re just going to have to start adding people and watch performance and wait. *angsts more* *makes graphs*

Succession Planning: We’re spending time talking about the chair role and what size boots you need to fill it (I’m an 8.5) and if you have to do it the way the previous chair did it (definitely not) and what exactly the chair does (delegates a lot!) which is good fun. I thought long and hard about running for the OTW Board but have realised 2010 is going to be a big year and I do not have quite enough energy to give the Board the love it deserves and do an MBA and support AD&T and work on my other projects.

The ALL-OTW meeting was snappy and also held from 11pm but on Sunday (Monday public holiday for me or I would have begged the rest of AD&T to do it instead – I actually did before I found out there was a public holiday *shame*) The AD&T update was a short novel, mostly about the Colocation, Performance testing and Open Beta but also about who has been involved in making this possible and thanking everyone publicly for their massive efforts and dedication. *loves on AD&T and OTW*

The committee updates were fascinating, AD&T is my first love but I do sometimes get the urge to bounce over to other committees when I hear about what they do. I’m picking out random stuff that stuck with me so I won’t mention every committee but: Docs are the stealthy ninjas of the OTW without whom the org would crumble despite their humble ways and Journal wishes to inform us that NUMBER 3 CAME OUT ON TIME. Hee! We noticed *admires* Geocities rescue project is up to 27 invites and I hear a number of cool other rescue projects (not necessarily OTW or fandom related) are in the works which is awesome. We have a new Systems volunteer and Translations have branched out into French \o/ Volunteers has continued to make it very easy for AD&T to snap up new people. *cough* [info - personal] cesy and Webmasters are OMG so busy.

If there you are things you want to do/say – feel free to share either in comments, or by volunteering, or by messaging or whatever medium you’re comfortable with. You are invited to this party 🙂

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Public Knowledge Video Series: “We Are Creators, Too” (+Bonus Geek Feminism Interview)

Public Knowledge, a Washington, D.C.-based public interest group working to defend citizens’ rights in the digital culture, has just done a four part “TV” series called, “We Are Creators, Too.”

Part One features Nina Paley, the brilliant independent filmmaker and animator who made Sita Sings The Blues, whose release was tied up over music rights: while the actual recordings she used (from 1927) were in the public domain, the “sync licenses” were exorbitant.

Parts Two and Three feature Elisa Kreisinger and Jonathan McIntosh of Political Remix Video; Elisa’s political remixes, including “Queer Housewives of New York City (Real Housewives Remix)”, can be found at elisakreisinger.com; Jonathan’s political remixes, including, “So You Think You Can Be President?” and the recent “Buffy vs. Edward” can be found at rebelliouspixels.com.

Part Four features OTW board member Francesca Coppa talking about vidding and vid culture, as well as the work of the OTW. (Francesca was also recently interviewed over at Geek Feminism, where she talks about the Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, and where the OTW is vis a vis a vidding archive.)

September, 2009 Newsletter, Vol. 32

Welcome to our September, 2009 newsletter. Get news from all your favorite committees about all your favorite OTW projects…right beneath the cut!

Abuse:

Abuse is busy preparing for open beta! We’re working closely with ADT and the newly-formed Support subcommittee to refine procedures and best practices, and there is some really exciting code and design coming out of this collaboration… which no one will ever see because it is admin-only. But we’re really excited anyway.

ADT/Archive:

err.. +points at News Post #4+

+falls over+

Board:

The Board has been working through some of the stickier financial, administrative and personnel parts of the move to colocation and the upcoming membership drive and electoin.

Communications:

Communications has been continuing to try to bring you all the OTW-related news you could want in these exciting times. We’ve also done a couple of interviews; more news of these coming soon.

Content Policy:

We’re double- and triple-checking all the interactions between the Archive Terms of Service and the code that ADT is finalizing; there are some fantastic features we’re excited to nail down the details on.

Development/Membership:

DevMem has been busy behind the scenes working with Webmasters and Systems on readying our donations software and introducing new features for our October donation drive. Right now we’re gearing up, which means everything from collecting new lolcats to drafting our materials so that the Translation folks can work their magic. We’re also working with Elections to ensure that we can provide the materials they need in the event that we have a contested board election this November. Throughout, we’ve been kvelling about the news that the OTW finally owns our own servers — it’s exciting to know that our fundraising work has paid off in such a tangible way!

Documentation:

No report.

Elections:

Sept. 23 was our first deadline to declare candidacy in the Board elections. We are now extending the nomination period for a week: email elections-chair@transformativeworks.org before September 30, 2009 to throw your hat in the ring, or if you have any questions.

Finance Update:

FinComm continues to pay the bills, keep the lights on—and oh, yeah, I think we bought some expensive computer equipment lately.

Journal:

TWC No. 3 appeared on September 15, and it’s available here:
http://journal.transformativeworks.org/index.php/twc/issue/current
The issue features articles, interviews, dialogues, and book reviews discussing a variety of fandoms and topics through a number of different voices. Look for our in-depth update in otw_news!

Legal:

The OTW was asked to collaborate with the American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the Right to Write Fund on an amicus brief in the pending Salinger/60 Years Later case. The OTW’s Rebecca Tushnet and Casey Fiesler collaborated with lawyers from Stanford’s Center for the Internet and Society and the UC Berkeley School of Law to produce the brief, which was served on August 3, 2009. You can download a .pdf of the amicus brief by right-clicking and saving.

We also filed two sets of answers to the Copyright Office’s supplemental questions regarding a proposed exemption to the DMCA for vidders and other remix artists. These documents can be downloaded and read on the Legal Advocacy page as well as the Vid Test Suite page of the Vidding History project.

Open Doors:

GeoCities Rescue: Open Doors wishes to remind everyone that GeoCities is closing for good on October 26, 2009!!! If you have fic on a GeoCities site that you want to preserve, or if you are the moderator or site admin of a fanfiction archive there, please Contact Open Doors!

Fan Culture Preservation Project: Just a quick update! In the three months since we’ve been open, we’ve processed nine fairly significant donations, with a tenth–a large donation of well over 500 classic zines–in the works. Check out our project page for more information; we’ll keep you posted as these collections are cataloged.

Systems:

Systems has been working to install us on our new servers so we can move to Open Beta as soon as possible! They’ve also been helping Webmasters gear up for the October Membership Drive.

Translations:

We are very happy to report that we’ve begun to translate news posts to those languages which have the necessary womanpower—we believe this is a vital step towards our self avowed goal: international outreach. We are continuing to move our language teams to Basecamp, the Org’s organizational platform. The teams have been busy as usual translating the website and Archive News posts to the different languages.

Vidding History:

The Vidding History committee worked with the OTW’s legal team to file two sets of answers to the Copyright Office’s supplemental questions regarding a proposed exemption to the DMCA for vidders and other remix artists. These documents can be downloaded and read on the Vid Test Suite page of the Vidding History project.

Volunteers:

Volunteers has been heroically continuing to help OTW connect with fabulous and talented people (and if you’re a coder with IE7 skills, call us! Call us toll-free right now!)

Webmasters:

We recently launched the brand-new OTW Elections site, the product of several months of collaboration among Webmasters, Elections, Systems, and Translation. We worked with the Translation team to add two new languages — French and Danish — to the main website. We also launched our new site theme, Cavatica (named for our committee’s heroine, Charlotte A. Cavatica), which is visually similar to the old theme but will be easier to maintain and adapt as the site evolves. Finally, we’re preparing for the October membership and donations drive.

Wiki:

Fanlore is currently advertising for Documentation Specialists to help with reorganizing and rewriting policy pages and help files. If you’re interested, please do volunteer!