The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), like many other projects within biodiversity informatics, maintains terabytes of data that must be safeguarded against loss. Further, a scalable and resilient infrastructure is required to enable continuous data interoperability, as BHL provides unique services to its community of users. This volume of data and associated availability requirements present significant challenges to a distributed organization like BHL, not only in funding capital equipment purchases, but also in ongoing system administration and maintenance. A new standardized system is required to bring new opportunities to collaborate on distributed services and processing across what will be geographically dispersed nodes. Such services and processing include taxon name finding, indexes or GUID/LSID services, distributed text mining, names reconciliation and other computationally intensive tasks, or tasks with high availability requirements.
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