The University Cloud for North Rhine-Westphalia

About sciebo

Sciebo is a non-commercial cloud storage service for research, studying and teaching. It allows for automatic data synchronization from various devices ("Sync"), and the joint work on documents ("Share"). The service is provided for students and employees of the participating institutions exclusively.

The Project


Under the brand name “sciebo” (derived from “science box”) a consortium of more than 30 research and applied science universities started a large scale cloud service for about 500,000 students and researchers in North Rhine-Westphalia in 2015. In addition to the much-anticipated privacy-compliant sync&share functionality, sciebo offers the potential to become a more general cloud platform for collaboration and re-search data management.

  • Consortium Lead

    IT of Münster University (WWU IT)

  • Participants

    to date 10 universities, 19 universities of applied sciences and 1 research centre in North Rhine-Westphalia

  • Potential Users

    500,000 people

  • Storage Volume

    5 petabytes

  • Software

    Open Source ownCloud (Enterprise version)

  • Hardware

    5 IBM (now Lenovo) GPFS Storage Server GSS26


The Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia is funding the academic cloud service with three million euros until the end of 2024 as part of the state-wide digitalisation offensive. With this, the state is supporting a cooperation project that was originally an idea of students and is now used at almost all universities in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Scientific Advisory Board

The advisory board is to create transparency for all users of the sciebo service with regard to compliance with security and data protection standards in order to ensure the necessary trust for the acceptance of the service. To this end, the advisory board addresses current IT security and data protection topics and provides impulses for the further development of the contractual design of the sciebo project as well as for the improvement of the security architecture of the sciebo service. The advisory board makes recommendations to the consortium lead and to the participating universities.

Advisory Board Legal Affairs and Security

To ensure the transparency necessary for trust in the sciebo service, to address current IT security and data protection issues and to provide impetus for the further development of the contractual design of the sciebo project, an advisory board was set up in which the various stakeholder groups (employees, students, data protection officers, university administrators, technicians at universities and universities of applied sciences) are also represented in particular.