In 1929 Virginia Woolf published an extended essay called a ‘Room of One’s Own’ where she made the argument that a woman of her time needed two things to be able to write fiction: money and a room of her own. University of Mary Washington called on this text in naming the domains project to highlight the need for everyone to have their own space to be able to work.
Audrey Watters writes “Intellectual productivity on the Web looks a bit different, no doubt, than it did at Woolf’s writing desk. But there remains this notion, deeply embedded in Domain of One’s Own, that it is important to have one’s own space in order to develop one’s ideas and one’s craft. It’s important that learners have control over their work — their content and their data.”