April 15-18, 2009
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Sessions: Abstract

Museums and Cloud Computing: Ready for Primetime, or Just Vaporware?   go to paper

Rob Stein, Indianapolis Museum of Art, USA
Charles Moad, Indianapolis Museum of Art, USA
Edward Bachta, Indianapolis Museum of Art, USA

The promise of distributed computing has long been touted by computer scientists working on Grids or in Clouds, but is the realization of these goals finally at hand? Recently several commercial offerings have generated a lot of attention for their potential to revolutionize the way business computing is conducted. The field has already seen several interesting and innovative business models spring up with their core computing process firmly anchored in the cloud (Horrigan, 2008). Does the same hold true for museums? What are the benefits and risks associated with moving our institutional computing to the cloud? Is cloud computing a viable option for hosting the rich media and content common to many museums today, or is it still vaporware in need of more time? This paper discusses these questions and poses suggestions regarding how museums can begin to utilize cloud computing services.

Session: Technology Strategies [Technology]

Keywords: cloud computing, Web services, distributed computing, streaming video, ArtBabble