Google starting new data store?

Last year, we reported that Google has been helping scientists distribute large datasets, three terabytes at a time. That’s the capacity of the RAID cabinets that Google was shipping—on its dime—to scientists and other researchers that needed to get large volumes of data to other researchers around the world. As we noted, Google was keeping a copy of the data as well; Wired’s science blog is claiming that Google is now ready to set the data loose on the public.

According to the report, the data will appear on the company’s research page, which currently acts as a host for blogs and videos of talks related to Google’s homegrown research efforts. There was no word on when the data will go live, nor which data would be appearing. Google has already helped handle an archive of early data from the Hubble Space Telescope and images of the Archimedes Palimpsest, which contains an early copy of some of the mathematician’s writings. (link)

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