Designing a Large Scale Cooperative Sync&Share Cloud Storage Plattform for the Academic Community in Northrhine-Westfalia

Raimund Vogl, Holger Angenent, Rainer Bockholt, Dominik Rudolph, Stefan Stieglitz, Christian Meske


Cloud storage services allowing to synchronize file folders on multiple devices and to exchange data between users for collaboration are gaining substantial public recognition lately, due to the proliferation of mobile and personal devices like smartphones and tablets. Utilization of such services, either free or paid, like Dropbox, GoogleDrive, or Microsoft SkyDrive, in the academic community is not uncommon, even for storing sensible data from research and teaching. This creates substantial data privacy and confidentiality issues, even putting the individual user at legal risk (cf. Catteddu et al. 2009; Hoboken et al. 2012). Guidelines for usage considerations for public cloud services, as have been imposed by several universities in Germany, try to create awareness among scholars, and in some cases, data security officers even officially ban the use of public cloud storage services.


cloud services; cloud storage; collaboration; cooperative project.

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DOI: 10.7250/eunis.2013.008


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