What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing refers to expandable, on-demand services and tools that are served to the user via the Internet from specialized data centers and consume almost no local processing or storage resources. Cloud computing resources support collaboration, file storage, virtualization, and access to computing cycles, and the number of available applications that rely on cloud technologies has grown to the point that few education institutions do not make some use of the cloud, whether as a matter of policy or not. Over the past few years, cloud computing has been firmly established as an efficient way for businesses to protect data, develop applications, deliver software and online platforms, and to collaborate. Education institutions are deploying similar cloud-based strategies to boost collaboration, productivity, and mobility in teaching and learning.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • While "cloud computing" is now so pervasive I question whether it really qualifies as a "Horizon" technology at this point, there's no doubt that it puts high-powered software in the hands of smaller institutions that in the past would not have been able to afford such things. - Koven Koven Oct 31, 2014
  • It's relevant, but it's become day-to-day operations now. No need for it to appear on the Horizon Report IMHO. - dhegley dhegley Nov 3, 2014- jludden jludden Nov 4, 2014
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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • Publicly funded museums obviously need to consider who owns the clouds they store their data in, but that's a given. - Merete.Sanderhoff Merete.Sanderhoff Oct 27, 2014 +1 - Koven Koven Oct 31, 2014
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on education and interpretation in museums?

  • While we haven't really seen this happen yet (though one might make a case that Slow Art Day is an example), cloud computing pretty much clears the way for a "start-up museum" to exist.- Koven Koven
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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

  • Everywhere. This tech is pervasive now. - Koven Koven Oct 31, 2014
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