Google to launch online storage tool

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Google is reportedly set to offer an online storage facility to scientists. Called Palimpsest, the initiative was first revealed to the scientific community at the Science Foo camp at the Googleplex in August 2007.

It is expected that the service will provide a home for terabytes of open source scientific datasets and will reportedly have annotating and commenting features along the line of YouTube. It is projected to fill a major need for scientists who want to openly share their data and allow citizen scientists access to an unprecedented amount of data to explore.

Developed in Sweden, Google acquired the tool in March 2007 for an undisclosed sum. Palimpsest missed its original launch date this week, but is reported to debut soon.