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Blog // Connect Michigan

Michigan Moves Digital Archives to the Cloud

By Wil Payton

Cloud Computing GraphicThe Archives of Michigan is using an inexpensive option to store its vast collection of digital records — the Internet. Moving to the cloud is the state’s game plan for making historical records more accessible to the public.

Using this technology eliminates the need for traveling to the Archives’ facility in Lansing to access digital records.

Below is an article from the Miami Herald on the subject:

"When dealing with something in a format that isn't permanent and yet the content is permanent, you have a challenge. It's an international challenge," said Caryn Wojcik, a government records archivist for the state.

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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