Ball, Cheryl E.; Graban, Tarez Samra; & Sidler, Michelle. (under review). The boutique is open: Data for writing studies. In Brian McNely & Jeff Rice (Eds.) Networked humanities. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
This chapter takes up the issue of open data for networked humanities scholars, specifically through small, or boutique, data sets created by writing researchers. In contrast to a national funding focus on big data by agencies like NEH, boutique data is already readily available in writing scholars’ pedagogical, scholarly, and professional research. By opening access to this research data through publication, we argue that researchers can speed the pace of discovery, analysis, and collaboration. In response to the need for such boutique publication venues, this chapter outlines one attempt to create a boutique data repository, rhetoric.io, and the kinds of distributed and pedagogical infrastructures necessary to make this collaborative system a reality.