The Austin Fanzine Project is an institution-independent project intended to improve access to the documents of a recently-historical subculture – the Austin, Texas underground music scene of the 1990s. The project has also blossomed into a sandbox for creative experimentation with digital archives and digital humanities methods and tools.

To date the project volunteers have digitized and posted the first batch of fanzines; researched digital archives best practices; crafted a set of project policies; experimented with crowd-sourced transcription and indexing using new open-source software; explored ways to virtually visualize the connections in real-life communities via maps, e-books, and audio tours; provided a unique and supportive environment for two stellar Capstone projects produced by graduate students from the University of Texas’s School of Information; and presented panels, workshops, talks, and posters at five professional conferences.

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