One of the reasons organizations hesitate to leverage hosted and managed services is because they are unsure of how data flows across these logical borders. It’s an understandable concern, as there is a lot of fear around privacy issues and that information is being spread way too easily. I mean, think of life before the Internet (yes, there was a time!) how hard it was to obtain information. Now we are more connected than ever. But is embracing digital content and the movement of it a bad thing? Actually, it’s a good thing.
There are a lot of great benefits to being part of a “digital nation”. Canada currently ranks 15th out of 138 in terms of how accessible our digital content is (according to the Stratford Institute of Digital Media). But despite roughly 95% of Canadians wanting to preserve and share our content, only about 13% of Canadian publications and less than 1% of film, broadcast and AV material is available online. As a digital nation we can use cloud technologies to help preserve, share and leverage content while creating opportunities for innovation.
So why the hesitation? Well, until we can create a sustainable business model that protects intellectual property and actually supports artists we need to look at new business models and help move the agenda forward so that we can protect the content or risk losing it as the physical media becomes outdated. Right now there is a risk due to federal cuts to the Library and Archives Canada that protecting content is not a priority, but if we have no access to the past, how can we possible innovate in the future? While there might be a cost to transition to new methods of storing and accessing content, the real question is what is the cost if we don’t?