Half day workshop: 1:30 PM – 6:00 PM, Thursday, September 17th, 2015
The aim of this workshop which is organized in the context of the TPDL 2015 conference and LoCloud is to stimulate discussion between engineers and curators in digital
libraries and cultural heritage institutions about the use of cloudbased technologies. The
workshop will demonstrate and describe cloudbased technologies and services developed to
catalogue, aggregate and enrich various types of content and explore the potential for
extending or implementing new services.
- An overview of relevant work
- An understanding of the opportunities for cultural heritage and related digital libraries,
- Demonstrations of systems providing novel solutions
- Generation of ideas and collaborations for future work
Cloud computing has become ubiquitous, but the concept has no strict definition. Ideally,
cloud computing is meant to turn computing into a utility like water or power. Elasticity,
availability, improved resource utilisation and support for multiple tenants are key features of
the concept. There are three main models of service: Infrastructure as a service (Iaas),
Platform as a service (Paas) and Software as a service (Saas).
Cloud computing may aid heritage institutions with its oftcited benefits such as cost
effectiveness, quick deployment and access to resources beyond the abilities of individual
small institutions. But the devil is in the details, as heritage applications present specific
requirements, associated with the practices and needs of specific users. Developers of
cloudbased services in the heritage sector should distinguish between the three user groups:
content providers & aggregators, the general public, and scholars.
There are a number of Saas providers providing services for the cultural sector. Some of the
commercial vendors of collections management systems offer cloud based versions of their
software, and in the library domain the OCLC offers a number of relevant services. However,
there is probably still a need for online tools with a very low barrier to entry which are suited to
the needs (and budgets) of smaller local and community museums, as well as of service
frameworks that provide valueadded services needed in order to address typical uses of
heritage information and typical needs of heritage preservation and curation.
Registration for the workshop will be through TPDL see: http://tpdl2015.info/registration/