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The Librarian's Guide to Academic Research in the Cloud by Steven Ovadia

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Introduction to the cloud

Abstract:

The cloud concept refers to software and data that is not hosted on a local computer or device, but instead that is available online. While a conventional word processor launches from software on a user’s computer, a cloud-based one launches through a web browser. Cloud-based tools allow users to easily move between computers and devices, as files and services are not limited to a single local device, but instead are available anywhere there is, or was, an Internet connection. For academic users, this access promises to make work easier, allowing users to do serious research work from just about anywhere, without having to worry about where files or content are located. It also promises to simplify collaboration. ...

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