The BBC are reporting that Google have reinvented sneakernet to move terabytes of data between groups of researchers. Rather using fast networks or datagrid technology, they have a project shipping Hard Drives back and forth to move large academic datasets. As the old saying goes:
Never underestimate the bandwidth of a truck full of tapes hurtling down the highway.
Last week was the Digital Resources for the Humanities and Arts conference, this being the first year to include "the Arts". I'm not sure how much difference it made to the sessions I attended, though I did enjoy the installations and performances that were spread around the site.
One difference I did notice was an increase in the number of times ontologies and ontology development came up during the meeting. Compared to last year, the use of (or at least interest in) Semantic Web technologies for the Digital Humanities seems a step closer