The cloud — on-demand access to a network of a shared pool of configurable computing resources — heralds unprecedented challenges for archivists as well as records and information managers. Data, records and archives are increasingly entrusted to Internet Providers who offer a large amount of on-demand online storage at a low cost, protected by a level of security that no single organization can afford, and in formats compatible with any user’s system. However, the cloud environment is neither transparent nor regulated. Those who manage, appraise, control and preserve the material it stores, encounter problems related to ownership, provenance, and jurisdiction, among others, as they remain responsible without control, and accountable without knowledge.
Dr. Ken Thibodeau, US National Institute for Standards and Technology
Dr. Karen Anderson, Department of Archives and Computer Science, Mid-Sweden University
Dr. Barbara Endicott-Popovsky, Information School, University of Washington
Dr. Yale Li, Cloud Security Alliance, Seattle Chapter