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.
The latest issue of Times Higher Education contains an opinion piece entitled
“Green open access can work for Humanities” by Gabriel Egan, director of the
Centre for Textual Studies at De Montfort University, arguing that “the move to open access is desirable and inevitable for the arts as well as the sciences”. By “the arts” he means, in accord with the British usage, what most of us would call “the humanities”, in general. You can access it here: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/comment/opinion/green-open-access-can-work-for-the-humanities/2004323.article
This is not an unusually radical or visionary in formulation article, but a very strong and well argued plea, and one whose appearance academic librarians might want to take note of.
The French newspaper Le Monde has just published a public statement, signed by sixty members of the academic community (presidents of universities, librarians, journals publishers and researchers) under the title “Who is afraid of open access ?” (see the original paper here :
http://www.lemonde.fr/sciences/article/2013/03/15/qui-a-peur-de-l-open-acces_1848930_1650684.html). It is now available in English : http://iloveopenaccess.org/arguments-for-open-access/
More than 1600 people already signed this statement, calling for open
access as fast as possible and asking for HSS taking leadership in this
direction. You can sign it : http://iloveopenaccess.org/?page_id=329