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DuraSpace Launches Open Source Research Cloud Service
DuraSpace, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the world’s scholarly, scientific and cultural records, inaugurated a managed cloud service called DuraCloud. The managed software service lets organizations archive content across more than one cloud provider. DuraCloud ensures that irreplaceable documents, imagery, and videos are always accessible. A number of prestigious institutions including MIT, Columbia University, Northwestern University, and Rice University have signed up to use the managed cloud service to preserve digital resources.
“DuraCloud is the breakthrough many of us have been waiting for,” said Bryan Beecher of The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research. “The ability to store and update material on three different cloud providers—using just one web-based dashboard to manage it all—saves hours of work and makes the entire process much less expensive to manage.”
Archiving digital libraries and research output for academic institutions, museums, and other knowledge stewards, DuraCloud offers the following:
- Replication and synchronization of content across multiple cloud providers through one unified interface
- Access to a suite of applications embedded in the DuraCloud platform to do more with your data
- Data distribution and streaming to any internet-linked device
- Secure storage of digital archives and periodic content “health checks” assuring information is being preserved as it should be
- A simple-to-use yet powerful dashboard to manage all content across the cloud
- An open source community dedicated to ongoing technological development, along with support assistance to ease the transition into the cloud
Funded in part by the Library of Congress through its National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, DuraSpace is committed to the open source community and the technological advancement of the cloud. Current open source projects include DSpace and Fedora.
DuraCloud is a free open source project and fee-based subscription service, available to any organization wishing to archive and preserve their content using the cloud, without locking into one single cloud provider.
Paula J. Hane
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