While some brick-and-mortar libraries are converting to robot-style storage systems, Hewlett-Packard has put Paul McCartney's archive of music, video clips, and photos into a digital cloud library.
HP launched the private collection with MPL Communications, which the former Beatle founded in 1971, to digitize five decades of McCartney material.
It's called the Paul McCartney Digital Library, and it doesn't include Beatles material.
"The digital library is designed for Paul McCartney and his media company, MPL Communications Ltd," says Scott Anderson of HP Enterprise Business. "The library will help to power his media business, making it simpler and more efficient to identify, locate, and use assets across his vast personal collection."
So for the time being, the archive is a personal library for McCartney, but it could be opened up for licensing or fan use. A sample of some of the photos in the collection can be seen here.
The project is an example of HP's Instant-On Enterprise service, which embeds technology into everything a business or government does to make it more responsive to customers and partners. The private cloud also protects MPL's library in London from natural disaster since it will have backup files in a separate location.
The archive, which is being run on HP commercial data centers, also holds original McCartney paintings, handwritten lyrics, memorabilia, and more than half a million photos, including Linda McCartney's pictures of musicians in the 1960s.
They were among many McCartney holdings that were stored in separate warehouses. McCartney wanted to be able to access his stash from anywhere.
"It's really exciting because even if I'm out on tour anywhere in the world, I will be able to say, OK, 'Wings 1976 tour' and instantly, it will come up," he said in a release. "You've got all the information, all the photos from it. And you'll have written accounts--personal accounts and critical accounts--of what happened."