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Ithaca, NY Recent media chatter about “the cloud” might cause any ordinary web user to wonder about whether the hype refers to technology or some kind of new social network. Cloud storage and computing is, in fact, technology provided by commercial companies that can be be used for saving digital content. As cloud customers users can “park” tracts of data and resources somewhere other than on extra hard drives under their desks. Cloud storage and computing takes advantage of energy efficient, distributed Internet devices so that customers can share resources, software and information on-demand, like a public utility. DuraCloud is a new managed service from DuraSpace that makes it easy to access the power of cloud storage and computing from your desktop.


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• The timeline for software releases

• Information about new DuraCloud features and how to apply them in work environments

• What DuraCloud users are saying about how they use the service

• Industry information about commercial cloud storage and computing advances


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Current DuraCloud Newsletter Table of Contents:


DuraCloud Newsletter


Vol. 1, Issue 1, February 2011


In this issue:


    * Getting Started with DuraCloud

          o What is DuraCloud?

          o What are the features of DuraCloud?

          o Who is DuraCloud intended for?

          o When will the DuraCloud service be available?

          o Where can I learn more?

    * News and Events

          o DuraCloud Pilot Program Nears Completion

          o Audio and Video in the Cloud: WGBH's Experience in the DuraCloud Pilot

          o DuraCloud Open Source in Action: The Kindura Project

          o Upcoming Events

    * Pilot Partner Spotlight

          o A 19th Century View of Shakespeare Through A Djatoka Viewer and DuraCloud

          o On the ICPSR Menu: A Quick Analysis with a Side of Data Served from DuraCloud

          o DuraCloud + DSpace@MIT: Easy Cloud Access for Collection Managers and Curators

    * Cloud Overview

          o Above the Clouds: A Berkeley View of Cloud Computing

          o What Cloud Computing Means to You

    * Cloud Articles of Interest

          o Using Cloud Infrastructure as Part of a Digital Preservation Strategy with DuraCloud

          o Backing Out of the Cloud: Report from Information Week Analytics

          o An EDUCAUSE View of Cloud Compute and Storage for Higher Education

          o Digital Preservation Using Amazon S3 at Central Connecticut State Library

About DuraCloud

DuraCloud ( is an open source platform and hosted service focused on providing preservation support and access tools to
academic libraries, academic research centers, and other cultural heritage organizations.

The service builds on pure cloud-based storage available from expert storage providers by overlaying the access functionality and preservation support tools that are essential to ensuring long-term access and durability. DuraCloud offers cloud storage across multiple commercial and non commercial providers, and offers compute services that are key to unlocking the value of digital content stored in the cloud. DuraCloud provides services that enable digital preservation, data access, transformation, and data sharing. DuraCloud is appropriate for individuals, single institutions, or for multiple organizations that want to use cross-institutional infrastructure.

DuraCloud has been in a pilot program phase funded by the Library of Congress’s National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP), to utilize and give feedback on the DuraCloud platform since the beginning of Fall 2009. The first three pilot partners identified were New York Public Library, the Biodiversity Heritage Library, and WGBH Educational Foundation. These three partners were chosen because they were already managing and preserving large amounts of content in a repository and were facing several challenges where cloud infrastructure could provide a possible solution. The DuraSpace not-for-profit organization will release the DuraCloud service in early 2011.

About DuraSpace

DuraSpace ( is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. DuraSpace software and services are used worldwide as solutions for open access, institutional repositories, digital libraries, digital archives, data curation, virtual research environments, and more.  DuraSpace provides leadership and innovation in the use of open source and cloud-based technologies to serve libraries, universities, research centers, cultural heritage institutions, and other knowledge stewards.  The organization’s open source technology portfolio includes the DSpace open access repository application and the Fedora open repository platform. DuraSpace is also the home of DuraCloud, an emerging cloud-based service that leverages existing cloud infrastructure to enable durability and access to digital content.  The DuraSpace team includes recognized leaders and
experts in the management of digital information. The team works with an active and diverse international community committed to the durability of digital resources.