November 30, 2015

Michigan Moves Digital Archive Records to Cloud

From the AP:

The Archives of Michigan is using a state-of-the-art and inexpensive option — the Internet — to store and preserve a growing collection of digital records that includes everything from 40 years’ worth of election results to an index of thousands of proposed designs for the state’s quarter released 10 years ago.


The company Michigan contracted with in 2012, England-based Tessella, plans to release its first version of a public access interface on April 30. Within the next year, people will be able to visit the state website to access historical records stored with the company’s Preservica technology.


The solution for Michigan after years of searching — cloud computing — refers to the practice of renting computing accessories over the Internet instead of buying more machines, the applications running on them and servers to store and backup files. The $13,000 annual cost is a fraction of the Archives’ yearly budget that totals around $850,000, said state Archivist Mark Harvey.

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See Also: Direct to Michigan State Archives

See Also: Michigan Government Web Collection (via Archive-It)
“Access archived Michigan government web pages, courtesy of the Archives of Michigan and the Library of Michigan.”
Material back to 2006. Keyword searchable.

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