Cloud Computing: A Feasible Platform for ICT Enabled Health Science Libraries in India

Cloud Computing: A Feasible Platform for ICT Enabled Health Science Libraries in India

Mayank Trivedi (The Maharaja Sayajirao University Of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat, India) and Vishnu Suthar (Mewar University, Chittorgarh, Rajastahn, India)
Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 9
DOI: 10.4018/ijudh.2013040108
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Abstract

Libraries are increasingly adopting cloud computing, a new technology model for Information Technology (IT) services. Cloud computing is of interest to health care professionals as well as health consumers. Health Science libraries maintain more control over the applications and data repositories that contain sensitive, private information about patrons. Provision and maintenance of infrastructure for web-based digital library presents several challenges. It allows them to avoid locally hosting multiple servers, housing massive equipment and constantly dealing with hardware failure, software installs, upgrades and compatibility issues. This paper describes the concept, current status of cloud computing and its application in health science libraries. Then it proposed to improve current user service via cloud computing.
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Objectives Of Study

The present study has the following objectives:

  • 1.

    To describe the concept, types, application and identify the facilities offering cloud computing in health science libraries in India;

  • 2.

    To determine the availability of cloud computing in the health science libraries and its use in transferring information for their academic programmers;

  • 3.

    Find the most advanced model of cloud computing for health science library.

Review Of Literature

Cloud computing literature on library field has different topics like how to use cloud computing in library, concepts, benefits, useful tools for cloud computing. Ms. Murley (2009) provides an overview of the meanings of “cloud computing” and that law libraries provide resources and services using these tools. She suggests that cloud computing is nothing new for law librarians, because law libraries have been using such tools for many years (Dac & Bregman, 2010). Israel Dac and David Bregman (2010) concluded that the cloud computing fits needs of organizations of various size as well as individuals. Institutions of higher education as well as other organizations are increasing their use of cloud computing (Murley, 2009). The Pew survey (2008) asked internet users about six common online activities and the survey found that 69% of online users had performed at least one of the listed activities, and 40% had performed two or more (Horrigan, 2008). Arora et al (2011) attempted to answer these questions through a comprehensive introduction to the application of cloud in university libraries (Arora, Quraishi, & Quraishi, 2011). Anderson, Floyd and Kevin (2008) explored some changes that Google architecture and reliance on such technologies as virtualization and commodity level computers (a new computing platform) is emerging that will potentially affect everything in the curriculum (Anderson, Wiles, & Young, 2008).

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