Difficulties associated with searchability, findability and ease of access have been prevalent in the field of modern fan fiction. My thesis examines the creation and use of metadata in the online multi-genre archives: FanFiction.Net, Archive of Our Own and LiveJournal. My research illustrates how these sites allow for the searching and retrieval of content. The archives are compared and contrasted, highlighting the advantages and disadvantages of each site. The exploration of how metadata is created and used illustrates the significance and impact of metadata usage in the future of the field. In addition to visually representing my research findings, the following infographic is designed to instigate further research of large multimodal archives.
The below digital artefact is a timeline that visually and interactively maps the evolution of modern fan fiction as a result of the introduction of the World Wide Web and Information Computing Technology. The artefact was created on TimeLine JS, a digital tool created by Knight Lab of Northwestern University. The visual timeline is important in the context of my thesis as the evolution of fan fiction narratives from physical traditional print objects to modern online dynamic digital artefacts, is instrumental in understanding the impact that technology has had on Fan Culture. Changes in technology have allowed fan fiction and fandom communities to evolve from the days of print zines and face-to-face communications at conventions to online platforms, where countless works may be searched, shared and disseminated instantaneously.
Infographics are a useful means to present data rapidly and clearly. The below infographic was created on the online platform Visme. The digital tool was selected as a result of its options to create engaging content. In an effort to instigate further quantitative and qualitative analysis of fiction archives, the infographic was publically shared on Twitter and WordPress.
The infographic was created in order to creatively visualise the research findings of my thesis. The infographic demonstrates the major advantages and disadvantages of FanFiction.Net, Live Journal and Archive of Our Own in terms of searchability, findability and ease of access. The common metadata elements that exist on each site are shown. Furthermore, the rating options and required tags that feature on each site are illustrated. Further essential information, such as the sites’ metadata models and user statistics are incorporated. The exploration of how metadata is created and used in online fan fiction archives is important in considering how metadata may be improved in the future and the implications this would have on fan fiction.