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Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is changing the way IT resources are utilised and has the potential to transform traditional server infrastructure into a dynamic environment where new applications are delivered via the internet and institutions’ IT complexity and cost are reduced.

However, there are significant hurdles to widespread adoption, including legal, compliance, data security and political issues. In this section, we would like to share some thoughts and reflections on this topic through a number of CETIS people's blogs and to explore the growing impact of cloud computing for educational use within institutions.

There are currently two general JISC funded research projects in this area, Technical Review of Cloud Computing for Research and Review of the Environmental and Organisational Implications of Cloud Computing in Higher and Further Education.


14 Dec 2011 Li's work blog
With the growth of the internet, mobile technologies, multimedia, social media and the ever increasing Internet of Things, the data we can mine effectively as well as the types of information we can process from that data are evolving rapidly. In a recent report, McKinsey Global Institute estimated that the amount of data increase globally […]
Cloud Computing Learning Analytics Analytics
15 Apr 2011 Wilbert Kraan
Members of the Strategic Technologies Group of the JISC's FSD programme met at King's Anatomy Theatre to, ahem, dissect the options for shared services and the cloud in HE.
Cloud Computing Service Oriented Approaches Enterprise Architecture
Guest post: Dan Rehak talks about the Learning Registry, a new initiative offering an alternative approach to learning resource discovery, sharing and usage tracking. The Learning Registry prioritizes sharing and second party usage data and analytics over first party metadata. It's an enabling infrastructure accessible by anyone, has no mandated data standards, can be replicated worldwide and is open, cloud-based, and app ready.
Metadata Architecture and Modelling Cloud Computing Packaged Content Horizon Scan Open Educational Resources Resource Description and Discovery Resource Management Standards
28 Apr 2010 David Sherlock
I have had a few requests for help on deploying the Content Transcoder on a local machine. The process is simple but has one or two gotchas. I have done this on OS X and Ubuntu but it should be pretty similar  on Windows. You will need: Java Tomcat 6.x As far as I can tell it must [...]
Cloud Computing Packaged Content
07 Apr 2010 Li's work blog
I attended a workshop organised by the JISC-funded project, Review of the Environmental and Organisational Implications of Cloud Computing in Higher and Further Education in Birmingham to explore the future scenarios for usage of Cloud Computing in HE and FE recently. A range of experts from the sector were invited to discuss the potential applications of [...]
Cloud Computing Open Educational Resources

Cloud Computing Resources

Cloud Computing Briefing Paper
Date: Sep 2011
This briefing paper by Wilbert Kraan and Li Yuan explores the risks and opportunities for Higher and Further education instituions that Cloud computing offers. updated September 2011.

Cloud Computing Publications

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