by Pavel Kats, Europeana Development Manager.
Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last few years, you’ve probably noticed that cloud computing technologies are rapidly transforming our lives. Cloud computing, or ‘the cloud’, for simplicity, have become buzzwords in everyday talk – every kid on the block knows that there are things out there ‘in the cloud’ and they are supposed to be safer, cheaper and ever accessible with just an internet connection.
To bring the European cultural heritage sector and these recent technological innovations together, the European Commission has sponsored the Europeana Cloud project. Its main goal is to take advantage of recent advances in cloud computing technology and to create a cloud-based digital, trusted infrastructure for aggregating European cultural heritage content. The vision is that adopting the infrastructure will result in an overall economy of scale in IT costs, flexible allocation of computing and storage resources, and improved access to shared metadata and content for both people and compatible tools.
The task of building the infrastructure was assigned to one of the project’s work packages (WP2). Three major European aggregators – the Europeana Foundation, the European Library and Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center – partner with Istituto della Scienza e Tecnologie della Informazione from Pisa, Italy and the Open University, UK. Half a year into the project, the partners have released the first version of the design of the future system and switched to the implementation phase. In this blog post, we’d like to tell you about the essentials of this design, to promote further discussion on it and to encourage cooperation.
Read full post here. (Originally posted September 18, 2013)