Cloud computing, I tell myself, has got nothing to do with cherubs on laptops, pc labs on aeroplanes, or servers in space, though that’s getting closer. It has a lot to do with the storage of an organisation’s or individual’s data that is accessible online, and not through their local computer or network server.
Or, in the words of Wikipedia; “Cloud computing is the delivery of computing as a service rather than a product, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices as a utility (like the electricity grid) over a network (typically the Internet).” The many dimensions of cloud computing, and issues that public sector organisations have in managing their records in cloud environments, are defined and examined in PROV’s latest policy issues paper Cloud Computing: Implications for Records Management.
Whether they’re embracing or considering a cloud solution, it’s on the agenda for government agencies around the world. The Australian Federal Government has developed a Strategic Direction paper documenting the envisioned approach to cloud computing. This follows approaches in countries such as the United Kingdom (G-Cloud), the United States of America (National Institute of Standards and Technology papers), and Canada (GovCloud).
Please contact us with your feedback on the Issues Paper if you’d like to contribute to the development of PROV’s forthcoming policy on the records management implications of cloud computing. You can leave your comments below or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. The commenting period has been extended and now closes on 12 June 2012.
Abigail Belfrage & Christopher Wallace
VERS Project Officer Manager, Standards and Policy