Web-based File Sharing

Network & Academic Computing Services is proud to announce our new Webfiles service. Webfiles enables UCI faculty and staff to share electronic information (files) among themselves and with their non-UCI colleagues using a familiar Web interface. You can maintain your file storage via Web browser or by creating a folder (directory) on your desktop Windows, Macintosh, or Unix system using the “WebDAV” protocol. You can also create a “ticket” that can be e-mailed to allow conditional access to files by others.

To begin using Webfiles, visit http://webfiles.uci.edu and select the “Create new account” link. An e-mail message will be sent to your UCI address containing a Webfiles ticket to create your account. Click on the link in the e-mail message (or cut and paste it into your browser) to create your account, and you can then access 1 Gigabyte of shareable file space using your UCInetID and password.

Webfiles enables you to set access permissions, including making files public, available only to UCI affiliates, available only to a group you define, or available to no one except when you e-mail someone a ticket.

One good use for Webfiles is in place of large e-mail attachments. You will find detailed instructions on the various Webfiles features on the Webfiles home page or at http://www.nacs.uci.edu/webfiles/docs/documentation.html

Please be mindful of UCI policies and Copyright Law when choosing what materials to share on this service. Also, please do not use the WebDAV option except on a system you have exclusive control over.

Please direct your comments and questions to the NACS Response Center (824-2222, nacs@uci.edu).

Web Accessible Disk Space

Update: i-drive service was discontinued in December 2001. NACS now offers WebFiles as a web disk space service.

i-drive is a commercial outfit that offers free web-accessible storage space to UCI students, faculty and staff. Using your UCInetID and password, you can store and retrieve up to 50 megabytes of files all through a Web browser.

Network & Academic Computing Services (NACS) is sponsoring a campus assessment of the capabilities of this service, its ease of use, and its value to the campus community through the 2000/1 academic year.

The i-drive user interface provides download and upload capabilities, file sharing, and web publishing. These are some of the primary features we are interested in testing and comparing with other companies that are emerging.

Other California universities running similar projects include UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and Stanford.

UCI’s i-drive site [was] located at http://idrive.uci.edu. Please share your experience and assessment with us at nacs@uci.edu.