May 26, 2022

Ready to Launch: Ontario Library Research Cloud, a Large-Scale Shared Storage Network, Opens May 1st

From the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL):

2017-04-27_18-16-41OCUL is pleased to announce that the Ontario Library Research Cloud (OLRC) will open its doors to subscribers as of May 1, 2017.

The OLRC provides secure and affordable cloud storage for libraries and researchers in Ontario and across Canada.

The OLRC was born as a joint project of 11 Ontario University Libraries and OCUL, and supported by a grant from the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The OLRC was implemented by IT staff at Scholars Portal with support from staff at the University of Toronto Libraries and other partner sites across Ontario. ORION and GTAnet contributed their time and expertise in design and implementation of the underlying network that supports the OLRC. Project partners have been using the OLRC since October 2015.

The initial partners were:

  • University of Toronto (administrative partner)
  • Carleton University
  • University of Guelph
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • McMaster University
  • University of Ottawa
  • Queen’s University
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Windsor
  • York University
  • Ryerson University (development partner)
  • GTAnet (network services)
  • ORION (network services)

The OLRC’s features include:

  • low cost, replicated storage using networking and data centre services of Ontario’s universities
    all data kept on Canadian servers and data never leaves Canadian controlled networks
    management and governance by libraries
  • web-based APIs that allow access to the cloud from any desktop or mobile device through encrypted HTTPS protocols
  • based on open source OpenStack Swift object storage service
  • no charges for data transfer, just for storage

Additional features of the OLRC to support library workflows include easy web access via SwiftBrowser, integration with Archivematica for preservation storage, and upcoming integration with ownCloud for desktop and mobile access and data sharing.

Direct to Ontario Library Research Cloud 

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.