As a critical historiographic tool, LWP is poised to contribute to paradigms of information migration by developing an understanding of intellectual impact that extends beyond traditional bibliometrics and citation analysis. These methods allow us to trace intellectual circulation beyond traditional publications; however, they also require a kind of crowd-sourcing in order to provide a snapshot of what intellectual influence looks like at any moment in time. In this project, we strive to build a platform that will allow researchers to crowd-source their efforts, effectively working beyond siloed paradigms, to better trace this intellectual circulation. Through user-centered and participatory design approaches (for example, semi-structured interviews and focus groups), we will solicit participation from rhetoric and writing studies scholars, feminist rhetorical historians, and other researchers whose work aligns with LWP. Our goals include:

  • distinguishing between “big data” and “small data” approaches;
  • becoming more sensitive to the unique needs of crowdsourced (projects that involve co-opting the labor of large numbers of people on the Internet for some shared purpose) and co-designed projects (projects that invite peer collaboration); and
  • identifying shared or common interests through interacting with the site.