What Are You Talking About? A cloud is a common metaphor for the Internet:
Cloud Computing A style of computing in which dynamically scalable and often virtualized resources are provided as a service over the Internet - Wikipedia Incorporates the concepts of: –Infrastructure as a Service (hardware capacity) –Platform as a Service (OS, solution stacks) –Software as a Service (applications)
Moving to the Cloud Moving to the cloud means moving computing tasks from in-house hardware and software to resources on the net Therefore, moving libraries to the cloud means moving library data and applications to the network level
Potential Benefits Low barriers to entry Pay as you go instead of capital investment No need to have local server capacity Software upgrades are automatic Saves staff
Potential Drawbacks Lack of complete control Reliance on network connectivity and speed
An Example: Cataloging Card distribution service Local card catalog Catalogers Bibliographic records Added value
An Example: Cataloging Bibliographic utility Bibliographic records Local catalog Catalogers Added value
An Example: Cataloging Union catalog, Locally tailored and skinned Bibliographic records Catalogers Added value Benefits accrue to all!
OCLCs Expert Community Experiment Allowing wiki-like editing of WorldCat records Im very excited about the experiment and have already "updated" more records in the past month than I have in months previous to this – Nathan Putnam
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