Cloud Computing: Google Art Project Showcases Galleries in the Cloud
Google Feb. 1 began using its Web services and cloud computing infrastructure for a new cause: bringing 1,000 art works from more than 400 artists whose work is featured in 17 of the world's most famous art galleries. Google Art Project employs the search engine's Street View Web imagery technology, Google Picasa Web photo functionality and the Google App Engine cloud computing software to showcase the art online for people who might not otherwise get to visit Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA in New York, Tate Britain & The National Gallery in London, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. The Art Project isn't just another pretty Website with pictures of classical art. Though the project was developed by Googler Amit Sood in his 20% time, it is packed with the type of useful information art lovers are accustomed to seeing on placards in the museums themselves, including content about the artist, painting, not to mention YouTube videos describing the works. Join eWEEK for this tour of the Art Project Website, whose wares will be expanding over time.