Sync & Share NRW – sci­ebo

Sciebo is a NRW-wide cloud storage service for research, studies and teaching, which is optionally available to employees and students of the University of Paderborn. The use of sciebo is voluntary.

The purpose is the exchange of data with other users, especially members of other NRW universities, and the synchronisation of data between different end devices.

The published terms of use apply to the use, and for members of the University of Paderborn the ZIM's terms of use apply. In case of abuse, access to the system can be temporarily blocked.

On the website you will find the access and instructions for the service.

The ZIM offers the service in pilot operation. In case of problems please contact the e-mail address or the telephone support on 0 52 51 60 55 44.

Use of sciebo

Employees and students of the University of Paderborn are each provided with 30 GB of memory in sciebo. Projects have the possibility to apply for additional storage.

In order to set up access, employees and students must register via the authentication service DFN-AAI. The login is then carried out with a sciebo user name and a corresponding password.

Sciebo enables the automatic synchronisation of data with different end devices ("Sync") and the joint work on documents ("Share"). To do this, you can access your data at any time with all your devices using special sciebo clients or via a web interface.

You can share individual files or entire folders with other people.


Sciebo is operated as part of the Sync & Share NRW project, in which 22 universities from NRW are involved. Sciebo is a non-commercial cloud storage service for research, studies and teaching and is based on the company version of the open source software ownCloud.

In contrast to many cloud offers (Dropbox, iCloud, Office365, ...), your data at sciebo is processed exclusively at universities in North Rhine-Westphalia (Bonn, Duisburg-Essen and Münster) and is therefore subject to German legislation.

The operating computer centres use state-of-the-art security technology and do not pass on your data to any third parties.

The availability of sciebo depends in particular on the availability of the network connection to the service. Maintenance and repair work only takes place during normal business hours (5-day week).

The data transfer to your end devices is SSL-encrypted, but the data on the servers is stored unencrypted. The operation takes place in secure computer centres of the operating universities. Qualified personnel take care of technical security measures. Nevertheless, the confidentiality and integrity of the data cannot be guaranteed in every case.

Data backup

Although data is stored redundantly, data loss cannot be ruled out. Data that you accidentally delete cannot be recovered. There is no additional data backup by sciebo or the University of Paderborn. Please carry out data backups yourself to avoid data loss.

Data protection information

For the use of sciebo the following data is stored by the users:

First name, last name, e-mail addresses and status (student, employee, ...)

This data is transferred from the directory service of the University of Paderborn to sciebo during the first authentication via DFN-AAI, after the users have given their consent. Information on DFN-AAI can be found at DFN-Verein (; details on data/attributes at

The input of further data, in particular the uploading of files, is carried out exclusively by the users themselves.

When saving documents, make sure that you do not violate any copyright or data protection laws.

Do not store personal or confidential data in the cloud!

For scientific purposes and to optimise the sciebo service, anonymised usage data is collected, stored and processed and transmitted to scientific project partners for evaluation.