The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Florida has posted an article on the Big Data and Writing Studies Colloquium (2014). Below is an excerpt, but you can read the full article here. You can also visit Tools for Writers for more information on upcoming conferences.
TAMPA, Fla. – According to the Computer Sciences Corporation, by 2020, data production will be 44 times greater than it was in 2009. The interpretation and usage of large sets of data is soon to become an integral part of how we receive and process information. The University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences is ready to embrace this change. On Jan. 24, 2014, the Big Data and Writing Studies Colloquium took place in the Marshall Student Center at the USF Tampa campus.
This event was spearheaded by doctoral candidates in the Department of English, Angela Eward-Mangione and Zachary Dixon. As co-coordinators of the event, Eward-Mangione, who is seeking a Ph.D. in English specializing in literature, and Dixon, who is specializing in Rhetoric and Composition, were responsible for covering all of the logistics — from the original inception of the idea to the day of the event.