VALA2014 Session 3 Whitehead

All on the ground: there is no cloud

Tuesday 4 February 2014, 12:00 – 12:30
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Derek Whitehead

Swinburne University of Technology, Vic

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VALA Invited Paper


The cloud is an information technology metaphor to inspire and frighten us all, but what does it mean? Is there a cloud at all? This presentation looks at how libraries, almost unawares, have taken to the cloud enthusiastically and ahead of the others. The paper looks at the cloud from the vantage points of an IT manager, a copyright officer and a librarian. It traces its development from opportunistic vendor-provided hosting and management of software and content, to the current cloud environment. It considers the clouds we all use. It looks at benefits and problems. And it looks ahead to a cheerfully cloudy future.

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