Writing a grant proposal. - I am looking for information about the usage of the bittorrent protocol for open science data. Does anyone know of a recent paper, blog post or study?
Specifically I am interested in the usage of science data from the natural sciences, specifically Earth Sciences, e.g. geophysics datasets. But I am not looking to download data, I am more interested in usage patterns and popularity measurements.
What is this data offered via bittorrent like? Is it legacy data from old projects (that someone wrapped up and put in a container), or reference datasets that everyone uses, or newer datasets that are just too big to be hosted on a single computer?
(However the question asked here is a marginal aspect of the proposal.)
Update: here is one general article: Langille & Eisen, 2010: "BioTorrents: A File Sharing Service for Scientific Data"
Update 2: Similar Question from 2014, asked here, with very comprehensive answers (community wiki): What are some OpenData torrents to seed?