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Caringo Casts DICE Into Foreclosure Archive

CAS vendor's customer says improvements enable WAN replication and low-cost clustering

Caringo says a new version of its CAStor content-addressable storage platform is helping at least one customer predict the future of the housing markets.

The Data-Intensive Cyber Environments (DICE) research group at the University of California, San Diego, is using Caringo's latest update, CAStor 2.2, to create a voluminous digital archive of historical cultural content called the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) Grid, which will span 10 campuses.

A first project, implemented over the last six months, involves storage of data on home foreclosures that were part of the infamous California red-lining of the 1930s. The data is not only maintained as an archive but is readily accessible to researching economists.

We have scanned and digitized, while creating Web 2.0 interfaces, surveys of the devastation of foreclosures in California cities that were done by a federal agency in the 1930s,” said Richard Marciano, lead scientist in DICE and director of the Sustainable Archives and Library Technologies lab, in an interview. The project is overseen by the National Archives and Records Administration and is funded by a library agency called the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Realizing the importance of preserving this data and the impact it could have on economic forecasting, Marciano and colleagues at nine other sites have established three nodes in San Diego to make the archives available to professors throughout the University of California system. Using the latest iteration of CAStor, they're creating a series of highly scalable storage environments.

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