AO3 News

Post Header

Kirk and Spock and the Enterprise

The Kirk/Spock Fanfiction Archive, a Star Trek fanfiction archive focusing on the relationship between Kirk and Spock, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

In this post:

Background explanation

The Kirk/Spock Fanfiction Archive was built on the eFiction software platform, which hasn't been updated since 2005. In its current version, it is no longer supportable, nor supported by the developer, and is subject to constant security attacks. The archive moderator felt that the Archive of Our Own offered the best path forward to preserve these works.

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 Killa to import The Kirk/Spock Fanfiction Archive into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own. Eventually links to the old site will redirect to the collection on AO3, which can be searched and filtered in order to locate individual imported works.

We will begin importing works from The Kirk/Spock Fanfiction Archive to the AO3 after July 2021.

What does this mean for creators who have work on The Kirk/Spock Fanfiction Archive?

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 will be made visible to all visitors. We will then permanently close down the site.

Please contact Open Doors with your Kirk/Spock Fanfiction Archive 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 archive.
  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 Kirk/Spock Fanfiction 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 The Kirk/Spock Fanfiction Archive 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 The Kirk/Spock Fanfiction Archive!

- The Open Doors team and Killa


The Organization for Transformative Works is the non-profit parent organization of multiple projects including Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Open Doors, Transformative Works and Cultures, and OTW Legal Advocacy. We are a fan run, entirely donor-supported organization staffed by volunteers. Find out more about us on our website.

Comment

Post Header

The Sarek and Amanda Archive header

Sarek and Amanda Archive, a Star Trek: The Original Series fanfiction archive, has been imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

In this post:

Background explanation

The original archive, formerly located at shaw.ca, was dissolved, so the archive was moved to AO3 in its entirety with the authors' permissions.

Open Doors has been working with Selek to formalise the import of Sarek and Amanda Archive into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own.

What does this mean for creators who had work(s) on Sarek and Amanda Archive?

We will send an import notification to the email address we have for each creator. We'll do our best to check for any duplicated copies of the imported works. If we find a copy already on the AO3, we will remove the duplicate copy attached to the archivist account. All works archived on behalf of a creator will include their name in the byline or the summary of the work.

Please contact Open Doors with your Sarek and Amanda Archive pseud(s) and email address(es), if:

  1. You have an AO3 account and have imported your works already yourself.
  2. You would like your imported works removed from the AO3.
  3. You are happy for us to preserve your works on the AO3, but would like us to remove your name.
  4. 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 Sarek and Amanda 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 Sarek and Amanda Archive mod to confirm your claims.)

Please see the Open Doors Website for instructions on adding your works to the new collection Sarek and Amanda Archive Maintainer.

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 Sarek and Amanda Archive 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 Sarek and Amanda Archive!

- The Open Doors team and Selek

Comment

Post Header

The Oded Fehr Weaver of Dreams Archive header
The Land of Dreams Archive header

Weaver of Dreams and Land of Dreams, both Oded Fehr fanfiction archives, are being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

In this post:

Background explanation

The Weaver Of Dreams and Land Of Dreams archives are being imported to the AO3 to preserve the stories for the future because the hosting software, eFiction, is no longer supported.

Open Doors will be working with Ariane to import Weaver of Dreams and Land of Dreams into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own. Eventually the links going to the old site will redirect to the collection on AO3 so the works can continue to be found with their old URLs.

We will begin importing works from Weaver of Dreams and Land of Dreams to the AO3 after May.

What does this mean for creators who have work(s) on Weaver of Dreams and Land of Dreams?

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 will be made visible to all visitors. We will then permanently close down the site.

Please contact Open Doors with your Weaver of Dreams or Land of Dreams 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 Weaver of Dreams or Land of Dreams 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 Weaver of Dreams and Land of Dreams 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 Weaver of Dreams and Land of Dreams 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 Weaver of Dreams and Land of Dreams!

- The Open Doors team and Ariane

Comment

Post Header

Black and white banner image with Buffy and Giles in formal wear on the left and text reading The Buffy/Giles Fanfiction Archive to their right with a leafy scroll underneath

The Buffy/Giles Fanfiction Archive, a Buffy/Giles fanfiction archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

In this post:

Background explanation

Founded in 2007 by Solo84, the Buffy/Giles Fanfiction Archive initially archived fic from the "New Buffy/Giles Relationshippers" site, but grew substantially larger through later submissions! Eventually, it passed into the hands of Rainne, the current mod. Due to substantially decreased fandom engagement and continued costs of hosting, Rainne decided to close the archive while preserving its works with the assistance of Open Doors.

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 Rainne to import The Buffy/Giles Fanfiction Archive into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own. As part of preserving the archive in its entirety, all images currently in the Buffy/Giles Fanfiction Archive will be hosted on the OTW's servers, and embedded in their own AO3 work pages.

We will begin importing works from The Buffy/Giles Fanfiction Archive to the AO3 after May.

What does this mean for creators who had work(s) on The Buffy/Giles Fanfiction Archive?

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 will be made visible to all visitors. The site will then be permanently closed.

Please contact Open Doors with your Buffy/Giles Fanfiction Archive 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 archive
  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 Buffy/Giles Fanfiction 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 Buffy/Giles Fanfiction 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 The Buffy/Giles Fanfiction Archive 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 The Buffy/Giles Fanfiction Archive!

- The Open Doors team and Rainne

Comment

Post Header

Lotrfanfiction archive banner. View of the Shire at twilight, overlaid text reads 'Lord of the Rings fanfiction'.

Lord of the Rings Fanfiction, a Lord of the Rings fanfiction archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

In this post:

Background explanation

The wonderful stories of lotrfanfiction.com once again belong to the Tolkien fan community!

Open Doors will be working with Queen Mab to import Lord of the Rings Fanfiction into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own. As part of preserving the archive in its entirety, all fanfic currently in the Lord of the Rings Fanfiction will be hosted on the OTW's servers, and embedded in their own AO3 work pages. Eventually the links going to the old site will re-direct to the collection on AO3 so the works can continue to be found with their old URLs.

We will begin importing works from Lord of the Rings Fanfiction to the AO3 after April.

What does this mean for creators who had work(s) on Lord of the Rings Fanfiction?

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 will be made visible to all visitors. We will then permanently close down the site.

Please contact Open Doors with your Lord of the Rings Fanfiction 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 archive
  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 Lord of the Rings Fanfiction 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 Lord of the Rings Fanfiction 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 Lord of the Rings Fanfiction 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 Lord of the Rings Fanfiction!

- The Open Doors team and Queen Mab

Comment

Post Header

Screen Shot of the Original front page of the West of the Moon Archive

West of the Moon, a Lord of the Rings archive with gen and slash fan fiction, poetry, and filk, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

In this post:

Background explanation

West of the Moon was “frozen in time” on February 18th, 2008 – almost 5 years to the day from its birth. The archive is no longer online, but its moderators and the OTW will be preserving all of these amazing works!

Open Doors will be working with Queen Mab and Shadowfax8 to import West of the Moon into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own. Eventually the links going to the old site will re-direct to the collection on AO3 so the works can continue to be found with their old URLs.

We will begin importing works from West of the Moon to the AO3 after March.

What does this mean for creators who had work(s) on West of the Moon?

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 will be made visible to all visitors. We will then permanently close down the site.

Please contact Open Doors with your West of the Moon 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 archive
  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 West of the Moon 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 West of the Moon mods 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 West of the Moon 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 West of the Moon!

- The Open Doors team, Shadowfax8, and Queen Mab

Comment

Post Header

Spotlight on Open Doors banner

Gilmore Girls Adult Fic and Gilmore Girls Slash, two Gilmore Girls fanfiction archives, are being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

In this post:

Background explanation

From 2002 until 2016, GilmoreGirlsAdultFic strove to be a safe place for writers to write about their favorite Gilmore Girls couples without the limitations of the most prominent fic archive of the time, but also provided moderation and proper rules so that those who only wished to write misogynistic works about the Girls were not welcome. Though time has passed and Yahoo Groups no longer exists, the fandom and their ardor to see more about their characters than what broadcast television allowed has not.

From 2001 until 2016, GilmoreGirlsSlash was a mailing list which encompassed all femslash and slash couplings in Gilmore Girls, and stories from authors who saw the chemistry between Rory and Paris, along with Lorelai and her various flirtations with women. The fandom which ships these incredible and fulfilling women has not disappeared.

As the founder and moderator of GilmoreGirlsAdultFic, and the moderator of GilmoreGirlsSlash for nearly its entire existence, Nathan Schimpf is proud to see these stories have a permanent home on the Archive, and hopes that future generations will see what works this series inspired during its original run and many years in syndication and on Netflix.

Open Doors will be working with Nathan to import these archives into separate, searchable collections on the Archive of Our Own.

We will begin importing works from Gilmore Girls Adult Fic and Gilmore Girls Slash to the AO3 after March 2021.

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 will be made visible to all visitors.

Please contact Open Doors with your Gilmore Girls Adult Fic or Gilmore Girls Slash 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 Gilmore Girls Adult Fic or Gilmore Girls Slash 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 Nathan 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 Gilmore Girls Adult Fic and Gilmore Girls Slash 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 Gilmore Girls Adult Fic and Gilmore Girls Slash!

- The Open Doors team and Nathan Schimpf

Comment

Post Header

Published:
2021-03-23 10:54:25 -0400
Tags:

Five Things an OTW Volunteer 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 Acts of Tekla, who volunteers with the Open Doors Committee.

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

I volunteer with the Open Doors Committee, which helps archive owners move the fanworks on their archives to the AO3 so that they stay online and accessible even if the original archive can no longer be kept up. We work with Translation and Communications, to create import announcements; Tag Wrangling, to make sure that the imported works are tagged appropriately; and Systems, to redirect old archive URLs to their new home on AO3.

We also sometimes work with Legal when there are questions about whether we can preserve something and still abide by our mandate to preserve privacy and creators’ control over their works. Sadly, the answer is sometimes that we can’t -- one reason that everyone should designate a Fandom Next of Kin!

The OTW’s position is that fanworks are inherently of value, and this means that they are also worthy of preservation. I know that a lot of people find their old works embarrassing (and there are several ways that they can opt out of imports or claim and delete or orphan works afterwards if they so choose) but I think it’s really important to save these older works. As a collection they’re an irreplaceable record of fandom history, but more importantly, they were all created from a place of love and creative passion, and it would be a real shame to just let that vanish without a fight.

What is a typical week like for you as a volunteer?

I work on Open Doors stuff two evenings a week, two or three hours at a time. I also keep up with our internal chat channel. Most of the emails we get are from people with questions about upcoming imports or who need help claiming works from a completed import. We also commonly get inquiries from archivists interested in importing their archives, or alerts from concerned users about archives that are at risk. I probably spend about a quarter of my time on basic responses, and the rest on the more complicated work of moving archives through our import pipeline. We have good procedures, but every archive is different and so something new always comes up!

What made you decide to volunteer?

I applied to volunteer in 2014 because in the 15 years I’d been in fandom, there had been sweeping changes in the community and in technology, and I’d seen countless archives and individual works vanish without a trace. Every so often I’d think of a fic I’d loved and go to reread it, or follow an old rec list, and find that the work was gone. I wanted to help preserve works that someone worked hard on, and that other people loved.

I was brought on in anticipation of the Yuletide import. I’ve directly handled around a dozen archives since then!

Is there anything you've worked on that you found challenging or memorable?

In October 2019, Verizon announced that they were deleting all Yahoo Groups content on December 14 -– barely two months notice. Since Yahoo Groups had hosted a lot of fan content in the 2000s, people understandably panicked about the possibility of losing all of that fandom history, and Open Doors got a flood of requests from moderators who needed help preserving their content. Open Doors worked with other OTW committees,the Archive Team, and others to publicize the content purge, ask for volunteers to help access and download archive data, and lobby Verizon to hold off for just a bit longer.

We were somewhat successful –- the Archive Team was able to rescue data from thousands of groups, thanks to numerous volunteers, and Verizon did hold off for a couple of extra months –- but we know that we still lost a lot, and despite promising to keep the mailing list side of Yahoo Groups open, Verizon announced in October that it would be closing completely and for good on December 15, 2020. I’ve been through several fandom purges like this, and it always hurts.

However, Open Doors has been working with individual mods to import content from their old Yahoo Groups to the AO3, and we’re very excited to be making those works available once again!

What fannish things do you like to do?

I say that I write fic, but the reality is that I mostly think about fic that I want to write, sometimes manage to write it down, and occasionally get it finished enough to post. Mostly, I like squeeing over and analyzing whatever it is that I’m into at the moment with my OTW and offline friends. I describe myself as a serial fandom monogamist -- I’m only into one thing at a time, but that one thing changes every few weeks. There are some I regularly cycle back to, though -- for example, on the first day of autumn, I always watch Over the Garden Wall, and then I’m all about that for the next 3 weeks!


Now that our volunteer’s said five things about what they do, it’s your turn to ask one more thing! Feel free to ask about their work in comments. Or if you'd like, you can check out earlier Five Things posts.

The Organization for Transformative Works is the non-profit parent organization of multiple projects including Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Open Doors, Transformative Works and Cultures, and OTW Legal Advocacy. We are a fan run, entirely donor-supported organization staffed by volunteers. Find out more about us on our website.

Comment


Pages Navigation