The National Science Foundation announced that it will grant $5 million to 14 universities to work on developing new ways to share and organize data in the clouds.
The grants focus on leveraging the opportunities presented by “cloud computing” — using Web-based services to execute computationally strenuous tasks more easily and cheaply. Experts have been abuzz for some time about how the development of cloud computing stands to benefit higher education, particularly with regard to research and analysis.
Among the schools receiving grants are: The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Yale University, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and the University of Maryland at College Park.
[via The Chronicle of Higher Education]