There is an interesting discussion going on right now on big data and how it is used in academia. I found Dave Feinleib’s of Forbers magazine visualization of landscape of Big Data an interesting point of reference from the technological side of the spectrum.
In the other hand, John Sunyer’s lengthy review, “Big data meets the Bard”, in the Financial Times for 15 June, http://tinyurl.com/mzrjwll presents the point of view of acadmics who are proponents of using digital data in humanities. It is based on Sunyer’s interviews with Franco Moretti, Matt Jockers and Melissa Terras. Franco Moretti is perhaps the most known for his push to digitize and use digital texts in humanities. I hope some of it may be useful as an argument for Open Access at your universities.