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Hey folks, for anyone that will see this the OTW is holding elections this weekend! The OTW 2015 Board of Directors election will be held on November 06-09. It will open at 12:01am UTC on November 06 and close at 11:59pm UTC on November 09. Here is some info so you can get out there and vote!!

The candidates, including links to their Bio and Manifestos and the Q&A answers they gave.
Official voting instructions, and simpler voting instructions.
Unofficial elections discussion.
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Ning.com, the platform for streaming sites like Vidders.net and BAM Vid Vault, is no longer offering free streaming of videos.  The communities will now have to pay to continue using Ning.  As a result, BAM is closing when Ning makes the official announcement, expected to be tomorrow.  BAM had over 13,000 members, so the vidding community is once again displaced.  Vidders.net is going to try to stay open, and you can find other streaming sites and info on an auction which will benefit the OTW Here.

But the good news is that the OTW has posted their Vidding Roadmap!!!!  They expect to have a vidding resources site, a Dark Archive and a bittorrent tracking site up very soon!  They won't be streaming vids yet, because they don't feel they have the infrastructure or money to do so at this time.  But it's in the works!  In the mean time, torrents offer an inexpensive way to distribute our vids from one centralized location that won't go down in a year's time because somebody decided that user generated content doesn't suit their business model!! 

I didn't upload my videos anywhere besides YouTube for this very reason.  So far they haven't been booted from YT, and as long as that's the case I'll be leaving them there until the OTW has something to offer us.

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That means you can  sign up for an account, post fic, and bookmark and rec your favorite fic on the site!  I'm so excited, I just got my account, RDphantom, and the site looks awesome.  It works well, is easy to browse and find works, and it's easy to make bookmarks and recs.  I really like the bookmark/rec feature.  It's a great way to find good fic within a fandom.  I don't have any fic to post, but I think I'll enjoy keeping track of what I've read through my bookmarks.  I'm SO excited, it feels like we've been waiting forever for this!!
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The OTW is having their second annual Donations Drive this week, it ends the 19th of October.  Now is a great time to support them with the money they need to build and maintain the beautiful Archive of our Own, which goes into open Beta next month!  They are also looking for volunteers for all types of jobs within the OTW. 
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VIVIDCON 2009  

So this was my first Vividcon and I was so excited about it; apparently my excitement showed! Someone said I had the look of a con first-timer and I totally did. I’m sure I was grinning at everyone. It was awesome to meet all of you, people whose names I’ve been seeing for a few years now and people whose vids I’ve adored. It was really a one of a kind experience, and I hope to go again. Here are some of the highlights for me, now that I‘m starting to have time to get them together.

1. Club Vivid rocks! Someone said that it’s surprisingly easy to dance to awesome vids in a dark room with glow sticks and other enthusiastic fans and they were totally right. I'm glad that I decided to go in costume, too. I mean, where else am I going to rock the Starfleet uniform? I wasn’t really sure what to expect, and I didn’t think I would really dance, but I did. I pretty much danced all night, and it was so much fun. I think this was one of my favorite parts of the con.

2. Premieres and Nearly New were awesome; the movie atmosphere with the huge screen was neat. My husband Neo and I saw Nearly New in the big room, and premieres in the overflow room. The overflow room was neat because it was more casual, and I got to talk with (ie: fangirl at) [personal profile] luminosity  about Ecstatic Drum Trip and Farscape. Lots of really awesome vids, it was cool to see them back to back, like a best of the best for the year. Vid review the next day was neat. I didn’t actually realize what it was going to consist of, but after seeing so many vids they all ran together and I wasn’t able to always remember each vid entirely, or what I thought about them. I think I’ll be able to give better reviews on second re-watches. Yay for the Con DVD! I think I’ll get into it this weekend. Is there any way to get DVD's or booklets for past cons?

3. Meeting people was awesome. Luminosity, Elynross, and kassrachel were all wonderfully welcoming to me right off the bat, and I really appreciated that. Millylicious was also very nice, and I appreciated the time she spent with me talking about Photoshop. I had a fantastic time talking with Vlad during the buffet, and dancing with Nora Bombay, Frostfire, Millylicious and Shinetheway at Club Vivid. And it was so cool to meet Here’s Luck, BradCPU, AbsoluteDestiny, hollywoodgrrl, Jarrow and Dragonchic. I really admire their vidding skills, so it was neat just to be around them. I know that’s not everyone I met and talked with (Neo and I talked with someone quite a bit during the buffet before Club Vivid, but I can't remember her name), I know I’ve forgotten some people’s names now, so let me just say that everyone there made my experience really fun. Everywhere I went people were discussing vids or fic and saying totally fannish stuff that made me smile.

4. There were some really cool panels. Milly’s Photoshop and Jescaflown’s AE and Premiere gave me a good idea of what more I can do with my vids, and how to use the software programs together to maximize time and effectiveness. I still have a lot to learn, but at least I feel like I know where to start. Here’s Luck is an awesome vidder and gave me lots to think about when timing my vids. The challenge is not cutting on every single beat, but using the beats and various instrumental aspects of music to emphasize movement and visual significance of clips. I think I’ll have to study her vids further to learn that lesson better ;) Motion Roller Coaster by anoel was really cool too, lots of amazing vids that I totally want to review again. In-Depth vid review with Milly and Absolutedestiny was awesome. The vids reviewed were incredible, and it was so cool to hear other people's thoughts about them.

5. The Star Trek party was a blast. There is nothing like watching vids and parts of Trek with a bunch of loud, enthusiastic fans. It was really fun.

6. The Town Hall on Vidding and Visibility was really cool. It was so awesome to meet Astolat, Francesca Coppa, Rebecca Tushnet and everyone else who is so involved with the OTW. I really believe in the OTW’s mission and how they are making it happen, and it was really cool to get a progress review in person. Kassrachel has an in depth con report here that has a very detailed section of the Town Hall.

I only wish I had more days before and after the con to meet people and see the city. Neo and I were going to see downtown on Sunday afternoon after the challenge show but it was pouring rain. Since we weren’t likely to see much or want to get out of the car we decided to hang out for a while longer at the con. I think the con was really well run. Everything was very organized and it was really cool to have the whole second floor to ourselves. The buffet before Club Vivid was amazing, too. I'd love to go again. Maybe not next year, but when I have the time and money again. Thanks everyone for an amazing first time!
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So yesterday I posted a rant in my Last.fm journal about Today by The Smashing Pumpkins being used in a Visa commercial, and how I was disturbed by that.  I think my thoughts on that actually apply to fandom "coming out" to the public.

 

The Meta )

 

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The OTW has finally released their projects for us to enjoy!

The Archive of Our Own is now open!  It's still in beta testing so you won't find all of the features available yet and the general public can't make accounts.  But you can search and read the fiction!  The site looks great and is really easy to navigate.  When searching by Fandom or Works you can filter the searches by ratings, character/pairing, tags and warnings.  And the tag feature is really cool.  They are accepting feedback so they can fix bugs and make it better.  It's awesome already, and even better that they are working to refine the search functions and will be adding vids eventually!  I'm so excited about it, it rocks!

The academic fan journal Transformative Works and Culture has released it's first issue.  I really enjoyed Women, Star Trek, and the early development of fannish vidding by Francesca Coppa.  It has an excellent history of early vidders, why they began vidding, and the technical aspects of the process.  I enjoyed her thoughts on Star Trek and it's treatment of women, she made some excellent points about Number One and Spock.  And her coverage of the VCR vidders was so interesting to read, it must have been such a difficult way to vid.  The article also covers the variety of topics vidders express in their vids, some I had no idea existed.  But one of the things I like about vidding is that the average person has the control to express their thoughts on and shape the source, so I'm glad that others find a similar freedom.

The last new OTW project is FanLore,  the fan wiki.  Anyone can edit and add to the wiki if they set up an account.  They have sections for people, fan activities and communities and perspectives on fans.  I found the glossary of terms to be enlightening.

It's been a busy couple of months for the OTW with lots of stuff for me to do now!
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It's Why I Joined/Support OTW Week over at otw_news.  Although I am not on the board or any committee, I have donated so I feel I can say that I do support the OTW.  If you are new to the Organization for Transformative Works, it's a Non-Profit group of fans that have organized to provide "services" to fans like an Archive for fanfiction, vids and art, a Fan History wiki and an academic journal.  Please check out their website and their LiveJournal community for tons of info.  The archive will allow fic only when it opens, with vids and art added in the future.  I read and enjoy fanfiction, but I really love vids, so I can't wait for vids to be added to the archive along with the fic!

Why I support OTW )



If you want an AO3 invite there is info available here.


RD

 ETA 10-4-08: The archive is in Open Beta! Anyone can get an account and post their fiction now!  You can find the fan wiki here.  Anyone can edit the wiki after making an account.  The academic journal can be found here.

ETA 6/14/10:  The OTW has released their Vidding Archive Roadmap!!  There are lots of exciting projects in the works.  My account with the AO3 is RDphantom

ETA 10/14/11:  The AO3 now allows embedding streaming video into works posted!  So even though vids aren't directly hosted by the AO3, you can still post them to the AO3.  There are currently 625 vids posted to the AO3, and at least two Collections dedicated to vids: Vividcon and Festivids.

There are currently fanworks listed in the following Gerry fandoms:
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Dear Frankie
Dracula 2000
The Phantom of the Opera
P.S. I Love You
Reign of Fire
RocknRolla
Tomb Raider

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