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  • 1.  Dropbox

    Posted 06-24-2022 12:50
    Good morning to the community!  I have a client that is wishing to 'hold' all his data with workspace on Dropbox.  Has anyone ever done this before?  Thanks for your comments, in advance.  Giselle

    Giselle Schween
    Zone 14 GeoInfo Solutions
    Winnipeg MB

  • 2.  RE: Dropbox

    Posted 06-25-2022 07:04

    I have a client who uses dropbox as a way of sharing data for 4 users who all work from home permanently.  ​Not 100% sure but dropbox appears to hold the data at a local level and then manage/syncs the data updates as users make changes/add files/etc.  

    So we created a data hub on one dropbox folder - base maps, census data, downloaded 3rd part data sets, etc. these only change once or twice a year and no one edits/changes these.

    We then created projects folders and users only make changes in these that then dropbox 'syncs' with the other 3 copies.  Sometimes they copy whole datasets from the datahub folder  This seems to work quite well although there is sometimes a delay between one user saving data and another user seeing that edit.  They communicate enough that no one edits anyone else's layers, etc.  Also they do duplicate a lot of datasets this way that if they were on an office based server then they wouldn't.

    I wouldn't recommend this option if there were lots of users who access and edit the same datasets constantly. Obviously with flat files on a server only one user can edit at a time but I've no idea what dropbox would do if it had to sync data sets that had been independently edited?!?



    Nick Hall
    Mapchester LTD

  • 3.  RE: Dropbox

    Posted 06-27-2022 11:23
    I encoutered many, many crashes when I used Dropbox in a continuous sychronizing mode (without knowing then, what caused these crashes)
    Eventually Technical Support recommended against working that way..
    Now I synchronize once a day with Dropbox and that works fine and I can access my data fom several PC's


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