Building cloud-based computing environments for museum services
Erik Mitchell, United States
Workshop materials in development
Museum activities increasingly require computing environments that are scalable in response to need, support enterprise-scale tools (e.g., backup, replication) and enable collaboration often without the overhead associated with large-scale computing (e.g., cost, skill, infrastructure). These services are likely to include public-facing digital repositories as well as staff-facing data and digital object management platforms. By using cloud computing to fill these needs, museums and cultural heritage institutions can benefit from economies of scale, design systems that facilitate integration with social media and deploy systems that meet the needs of visitors, researchers and staff.
This workshop concentrates on learning cloud computing through activities using the Amazon Web Service platform and an open source platform that allows museums to publish and host their own virtual research environments. Workshop participants will learn about technical, operational, and policy issues involved; will gain technical skills in configuring and deploying virtual machines and digital object storage services; and will design an environment to fit their own needs.