This IMLS Sparks’ funded project is well underway and soon we’ll start creating the first video tutorials. The current prototype runs on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and it’s managed using OpenNebula, an open source cloud-computing platform for managing distributed data center environments. Right now, deploying a virtual machine (VM) is as simple as logging in to the Project’s Dashboard, selecting an image, and clicking a button. So far we have 20+ VMs running, most with a basic Ubuntu installation, and a couple with a LAMP stack and other software packages like WordPress and Omeka. The latest template/image, when deployed correctly and after 2-3 minutes, generates a VM that will look something like this:
The more we learn about this project, the more we understand about the potential of cloud-based solutions for faculty and scholars projects, especially in the age of big and open data.