SAA Session review – Records Management in the Cloud

I was going to write an overview of this session, but this article gives a good summary of it, so I’ll just make a few additional comments. The links to the definitions of cloud computing (NIST and NARA) are particularly clarifying, especially if you happen to be one of the 51% who are not sure exactly what cloud computing is. Much to my disappointment, this session was about using the cloud for digital preservation storage, and did not address the much more tricky topic of working with donors who have materials stored in the cloud. Storing digital objects using cloud-based systems or services is fairly straight-forward; pulling those materials out of the cloud in a reliable, authentic manner is not. Continue reading