The topic was to be on "cloud computing and network level services" a discussion of the Nick Carr Big Switch thesis and its application to library environments; in addition, consideration of what library applications, services, and databases should be provided as network level services.
Cloud computing questions:
- Is Nick Carr's thesis about utility style computing applicable to the library software world?
- Do some of our open source projects (eg LibraryFind, Vufind, Scriblio, eXtensible catalog, Evergreen, Koha) miss out on the network effects of a more centralized model of data/services provision?
- Should open source projects be approached differently from a cloud computing perspective?
- Who in the library world is positioned to provide utility-level services? OCLC? Talis? Internet Archive? What should they provide?
- Are there two visions of cloud computing out there, one more commercial another more open?
- How does the cloud computing model intersect with the semantic web?
- Are people using utility style computing as they build applications (Talis platform, OCLC web services, bibliocommons, Amazon S3, etc.)
Examples of network level services floating around the conference:
- OCLC grid services
- Talis platform
- Zotero 2.0