According to the World Meteorological Organization (International Cloud Atlas, 1975) clouds are so called hydrometeors. A meteor is a phenomenon observed in the atmosphere or on the surface of the earth, which consists of a suspension, a precipitation, or a deposit of liquid or solid particles, or a phenomenon of the nature of an optical or electrical manifestation. Clouds consist of minute particles of liquid water or ice, or of both, suspended in the atmosphere and usually not touching the ground. However, a specific cloud does not permanently consist of the exact same particles. Technically speaking, a cloud is not even an object, but an area in the atmosphere reaching oversaturation.
The cloud can as well describe the process of storing and accessing data (filehosting) in a distant data center and to run applications not stored on the actual device but in the (metaphorical) cloud. Both need water to unfold.
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The video Digital Water: Analoges Sammeln im digitalen Gestrüpp engages with a property acquired by Google for a future data center in 2008. The area is located in Kronstorf, Upper Austria. Since the purchase 13000 trees were planted as compensation area, a Canadian kindergarten teacher was hired and five housing projects were realized. A small village on the countryside is waiting for its cloud. Will the dreams and fantasies be fulfilled? Yet this is uncertain, but it is for sure that the digital world is not somewhere up in the clouds. It forms a layer on the earth’s surface, which can be pointed at, even with a finger (digital from latin digitus „finger“).