MPCDF DataShare Service

The Flyer - DataShare at a Glance - can be downloaded here.


Before you can use the MPCDF DataShare service, you have to opt-in for it at the MPCDF SelfService:

Login with your MPCDF account and go to "My account / Services" to opt-in for DataShare. Further information about the SelfService can be found on its Help page. At the Selfservice, you can also subscribe for other MPCDF services like GitLab.


First Login

After you have opted in for DataShare, you can log in to DataShare:

Once logged in, on the right side under your name you will find an entry "Personal" where you can download desktop- and mobile clients. You can use these clients to synchronize a folder on your local machine with data on the DataShare server. In the web interface, you can also upload files manually via drag & drop.

When you log in, you will find already a file in your DataShare account: the file ownCloudUserManual.pdf is the original OwnCloud documentation where you can find information about any detail of the software. Alternatively, you can access the documentation online. Please note that the generic ownCloud documentation also describes some features like the address book which are currently not available on the DataShare service.


Sharing Data

At any time, you can share files with other DataShare users. If you want to share data with external, non-MPCDF users via DataShare, you can invite them via email also from the MPCDF SelfService where you have opted in for DataShare. If you want to share a file only once with an external user, there is always the possibility to share a file or folder in DataShare just via a link.

External users will see the message "Your storage is full, files can not be updated or synced anymore" in their DataShare account. This is because external users have no storage quota. However, they will still be able to upload files into directories you or other DatShare users with fully qualified accounts have shared with them. In this case, the data will count towards your own quota.

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