Charlie Catlett writes about recent partnerships between federal science projects and Google and Amazon, in which corporate services are used to host (and/or process) data from science experiments.
I wonder: are these projects being undertaken as philanthropic efforts by Amazon and Google? (They can certainly afford it, and it's good PR--and maybe good experience.) Or have people determined that they make good economic sense, and they are paying for it? I hope the latter, as it means these approaches are replicatable. If so, I'd love to see the analysis.