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.
IT of Münster University (WWU IT)
to date 10 universities, 19 universities of applied sciences and 1 research centre in North Rhine-Westphalia
Open Source ownCloud (Enterprise version)
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.
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.
Prof. Dr. Stefan Stieglitz
Department of Computer Science and Applied Cognitive Science, University of Duisburg-Essen
Prof. Dr. Volker Gehrau
Department for Communication Sciences, University of Münster
Prof. Dr. Jörg Becker
Chair of Business Informatics and Information Management, University of Münster
Prof. Dr. Gottfried Vossen
Chair of Computer Science, Institute for Business Informatics, University of Münster
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.
University administration: N.N.
IT Law: N. N.
Data protection: Dr. Peter Feuerstein, University of Wuppertal
Judicial offices/University and research law: Dr. Katharina Steinberg, University of Münster
Staff councils: Matthias Neu, University of Paderborn
Students: Fabian Kübler, University of Münster
IT security expertise: Prof. Sebastian Schinzel, FH Münster