“Scientists and researchers are under increasing pressure to archive and provide access to their data well beyond the grant funding period. The currently available commercial cloud services do not fully meet their needs and have no ties back to the research organization”
Software development and user testing for the new service is being provided through a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. “DuraSpace has a proven record of working successfully with universities to meet their data management needs,” said Joshua M. Greenberg, Program Director of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Digital Information Technology program. “Expanding on that success to reach scientists directly is a very exciting project that could revolutionize how research data gets stored and shared.”
“The DuraCloud Direct-to-Researcher model is compelling since it can bridge the researcher’s need for an easy solution for storing data with the institution’
Development will begin by soliciting input directly from scientists, university administrators, and other stakeholders in a workshop scheduled for the fall. Results of the workshop will help inform the first set of requirements for building a platform specific to the needs of researchers. The new service is expected to launch sometime in 2013.
About the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Established in 1934 by Alfred Pritchard Sloan Jr., then-President and Chief Executive Officer of the General Motors Corporation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit grant making institution that supports original research and broad-based education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and economic performance. http://www.sloan.org/
DuraSpace is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. DuraSpace provides leadership and innovation in the use of open source and cloud-based technologies to serve libraries, universities, and research centers, for managing and preserving digital content. The organization’
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The DuraSpace organization is committed to serving the creators and stewards of our scholarly, scientific, and cultural heritage by providing technologies and services that help to ensure that digital content is accessible over the long term.