NASA now has its images in one searchable place

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Lorenzo von Matterhorn
Jan 31, 2009
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...consolidating 140,000 images, videos, and audio files that existed in more than 100 collections was not exactly a simple challenge.

The first task involved getting everyone at the various centers on board with the project. This was difficult, because some centers had been publishing their photos to the web for about two decades, in their own way. So Grubbs and his commercial partner had to create a common metadata system, and then weed out duplicate photos. Then, the government needed to find cloud infrastructure that met its security protocols.

"One aspect that enabled this project was that it was completely cloud-based and NASA did not need to make any hardware investment," InfoZen chief executive Raj Ananthanpillai told Ars. "The NASA library is implemented as immutable Infrastructure as Code in a cloud native architecture using AWS services. The makes for an extremely responsive user experience for the public as images and assets are propagated around the world."

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