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B2DROP - EUDAT's Personal Cloud Storage Service | |


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| | B2DROP is a secure and trusted data exchange service for researchers and scientists to keep their research data synchronised and up-to-date and to exchange with other researchers.

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B2DROP - EUDAT's Personal Cloud Storage Service | |

  1. 1. Sync and Exchange Research Data This work is licensed under the Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0 licence B2DROP EUDAT’s Personal Cloud Storage Service
  2. 2. B2DROP is... B2DROP is a secure and trusted data exchange service for researchers and scientists to keep their research data synchronised and up-to-date and to exchange with other researchers.
  3. 3. B2DROP is part of EUDAT... a pan-European initiative building a sustainable cross-disciplinary and cross-national data infrastructure providing a set of shared services for accessing and preserving research data supporting multiple research communities by working closely with them to deliver these technical services as part of the EUDAT Collaborative Data Infrastructure (CDI)
  4. 4. A truly pan-European Infrastructure EUDAT offers common data services, supporting multiple research communities as well as individuals, through a geographically distributed, resilient network of 35 European organisations Our vision is to enable European researchers and practitioners from any research discipline to preserve, find, access, and process data in a trusted environment, as part of a Collaborative Data Infrastructure
  6. 6. Where is B2DROP in the B2 Service suite? B2DROP lets you transfer data stored on B2DROP to other B2 services
  7. 7. Store and exchange data with colleagues and team members, including research data not finalized for publishing share data with fine-grained access controls synchronize multiple versions of data across different devices An ideal solution for researchers and scientists to: Features: 20GB storage per user Living objects, so no PIDs Versioning and offline use Desktop synchronisation
  8. 8. What can users do? Users can have access to 20GB of storage space for research data access and manage files from any device and any location define with whom to exchange data, for how long and how
  9. 9. What type of data can I store? Any kind of temporary research data Primary data or processed data, data as the basis for a publication. Both empirical and theoretical data Any kind of format and file: papers, spreadsheets, audio-visual media, provided the data source or purpose of the data has a scientific background. Data are uploaded from your local or departmental storage device as digital objects. Please read our service Terms of Use for further information.
  10. 10. Register to use B2DROP Easy and quick registration at
  11. 11. It’s simple to use Intuitive and simple user interface User-friendly interface and easy-to-use storage facilities Drag or drop files for storage Create new files and folders Share data with others with one click
  12. 12. Synchronise your files Synchronise B2DROP with your computer using ownCloud desktop clients by downloading the latest version of ownCloud Desktop Synchronization Client ownCloud Website. MacOS Linux Distributions Windows After download and installation enter the URL of the B2DROP ownCloud server and enter your B2DROP username (e-mail address) and password. Note that using this client allows you to work on your files while offline, and synchronise when you reconnect to the network.
  13. 13. Mount your folder You can mount B2DROP as a drive to your desktop machines via WebDAV Your B2DROP folder then appears in your file browser You can work on files, which will synchronise automatically with the B2DROP server on save Supported for MacOS Linux Distributions Windows Note that mounting your folder through WebDAV only works while you are connected to the network.
  14. 14. Mount your folder - MacOS Mount B2DROP in your "Finder": 1.Click on "Go" on the drop-down menu and then "Connect to server" 2.Enter when prompted 3.Login with your username (e-mail address) and password. You can also mount B2DROP with Cyberduck by providing the above-mentioned information to the client.
  15. 15. Mount your folder - Linux You can mount B2DROP with NAUTILUS: 1.Select "Go to File  Connect to server" 2.Type in: davs:// 3.Login with your username (e-mail address) and password. Mounting via davfs is also possible, but it requires sudo access. Login with your username (e-mail address) and password To unmount use the following command: The instructions above have been tested on Ubuntu but they should work for every Linux distribution supporting the NAUTILUS or GNOME file system.
  16. 16. Mount your folder - Windows Map B2DROP as network drive: 1.Enter as a folder 2.Login with your username (e-mail address) and password. Note that you may need to set your computer to allow Basic Authentication; please follow the Microsoft instructions for this. Because B2DROP is available under https, Option "1 - Basic authentication enabled for Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) shares only" should suffice for Windows Vista and later.
  17. 17. B2DROP Supports versioning Automatic file versioning Access to the previous versions is straightforward on the web GUI and the desktop client The latest file gets overwritten by the selected version, with other versions (including newer) retained. To preserve disk space, B2DROP preserves a subset of the versions, progressively reducing the number of retained versions as time goes by. Note that B2DROP removes older saved versions and/or stops maintaining versions when the user exceeds 50% of their quota.
  18. 18. How & Where are my data stored B2DROP is hosted at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre Daily backups of all files in B2DROP are taken and kept on tape. Underlying technology is ownCloud 7
  19. 19. For more info: B2DROP User Documentation: