Next Big Futures, the company that is helping to develop a new data access program for cloud services, announced today that it is partnering with the University of Delaware to allow users to access and access their own data.
The partnership is part of a broader effort by Next BigFuture to expand the availability of cloud services to students, which is part-funded by a new National Science Foundation grant.
“Our data access initiative is designed to make it easier for students to access all of their academic information online, including course content and course work,” said Chris Riddell, president of Next Big, which was founded in 2015 by Daniel Shumate, an early entrepreneur who is now an advisor to the Trump administration.
“Data is key to unlocking the potential of the cloud.”
The program will require companies to provide users with a token and will allow the users to login to their own cloud service and access any files or documents stored there.
Users will then be able to search and browse through any data stored on their cloud service.
“If you have access to the cloud, then you can be part of the solution,” Riddells said.
“We want to help companies get started.”
The data access plan will be available for the next year, and the company plans to continue to add to the program.
In the past, students have needed to create their own access program, but the current solution does not allow them to do so.
The new plan will allow students to create an account on Next Big and create an access program that can be used by any student to access any file or document stored on the cloud service or to create access programs for other students.
The tokens will be issued in the form of “cloud tokens,” which will be tied to a student’s ID.
For example, if a student uses the same name for both a student and a cloud token, then the cloud token will be used for both students.
“With this new system, it will make it easy for students and faculty to collaborate,” said Riddel.
“It will also provide a level of transparency that we haven’t had with traditional access programs.”
The university said that students will be able download the new access program and login to it with their student ID.
Next Big has already been helping universities build access programs that allow students and professors to access cloud services.
Last month, the university announced that it was partnering with several cloud providers including Microsoft and Dropbox to develop an access software program that could be used to connect students and academics to cloud services like Facebook and Amazon.