The name "sciebo" was inspired by the Latin scire, meaning "to know" or "to understand". At the same time, sciebo can also be read as an abbreviation of "science box", which describes its inherent function as a cloud service for students and researchers. The sciebo logo – a green elephant – represents the positive attributes of an elephant, which a good cloud service should also strive to emulate: a dependable memory (data storage), the ability to shoulder a heavy load (data capacity) and its social character as a herd animal (works well with a large user base).
Sciebo has a number of helpful features for users, for example automatic data synchronisation with devices like PCs or smart phones, or sharing and editing controls for documents, allowing multiple users to work collaboratively from separate locations. Each sciebo user is entitled to 30 gigabytes of free storage, which can be expanded as needed, for example in the case of a large research projects. Sciebo's total storage volume amounts to five petabytes, or roughly enough storage for one million full-length DVDs.
The cloud service is available exclusively for members of participating universities. A few universities are choosing to implement sciebo in steps, first offering it only to employees or students. The project is supported financially by grants from the government of North Rhine-Westphalia, totalling to date €2.8 million.
Provided by Hochschule Rhein-Waal
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