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Effort Will Help Libraries Put Academic Papers in Data 'cloud'


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Cloud computing has the potential to provide off-site storage for online collections of research papers, according to some librarians. As part of the DuraCloud project, the nonprofit DuraSpace organization is developing software that would make it easier for librarians to set up repositories, which would house the papers of a university's researchers. "A key design feature of DuraCloud is to leave the basics of pure storage to those who do it best," DuraSpace says in an overview on its Web site.

However, the DuraCloud software would allow libraries to do more than store free research papers. The DuraSpace team is adding features for accessing, preserving, re-using, and sharing research papers, says Cornell University's Carol Minton Morris, who also works at DuraSpace. Moreover, the approach costs much less than building new data centers to run on campus.

DuraSpace plans to share a version of the software with other libraries this fall.

From The Chronicle of Higher Education
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