Repositories and the Cloud

Various authors, JISC Eduserv, Mar 04, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

As Jane Stevenson comments, archivists are very reluctant to entrust their materials to third parties. So they are naturally cautious about the idea of using the cloud for archival storage. But there are advantages - as Microsoft's Alex Wade argues, data in the cloud can be linked, offering a range of rich information services. And we have models we can follow - the electrical grid, for example. These are among the considerations offered in this rich online resource, containing videos and slides shows, from the 'Repositories and the Cloud' conference hosted by Eduserv and JISC. I especially like the idea of including video responses from attendees along with the conference presentation archives.
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