File storage and ownership in Google at IU groupspaces

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Overview

Files that appear on a Google at IU groupspace's "Files" page may be owned by the groupspace or, alternatively, may be owned by an individual's or a group's Google at IU Drive account. For details about how to determine ownership of groupspace files and for implications of file ownership, see below.

Important:
Always use your Google at IU account for Indiana University coursework and other university business. Personal Google accounts are not approved for institutional data. See Manage multiple Google accounts at IU.

File owners

Google at IU groupspaces

To view the list of files currently associated with a Google at IU groupspace:

  1. In the groupspace, click the settings (gear) icon at the top right.
  2. Click Manage site.
  3. From the menu on the left, choose Attachments. The list of files should display.

Files stored in the groupspace display a file size and include a Download option; files stored in Google Drive do not display a file size and do not include an option to download.

For example, in the image below, "uploaded Document.docx" is stored in the groupspace, while "Word added from Drive.docx" is stored in Google Drive:

Google at IU Attachments page

Google at IU Drive

Content may be stored in an individual's or group's Google at IU Drive, and shared within a Google at IU groupspace. This content may appear as embedded Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, and so on; as embedded Drive folders; as files added from Drive to the Files page; and more.

Important:
Content stored in Google at IU Drive is owned by an individual or group and will remain available only as long as the individual or group has a Google at IU account. To avoid data loss when an individual leaves the university, be sure to manage your Google at IU Drive content ownership appropriately and report any content loss to your campus Support Center immediately.

Checking ownership

To determine whether a file is owned by a Google at IU groupspace or by a group or individual Google at IU Drive account:

Owned by a Google at IU groupspace

  1. Navigate to the list of files currently stored in your groupspace, as described above.
  2. Locate the appropriate file in the list that displays.

To identify when a file is owned by a groupspace, see Site storage.

If you determine that a file is located in Google Drive, not the groupspace, see the next section.

Owned by a Google at IU Drive account

  1. Locate the file in your Drive. If you know its name, you can search for it in the search bar at the top of the page to locate it quickly.
  2. Click the file. Its owner will be listed in the details panel on the right.
    Note:
    If you don't see the details panel, right-click the file, select View details, and then, in the panel on the right next to "Activity", select Details.

Comparing groupspace storage and Drive storage

Storing files in a Google at IU groupspace
Storing files in Google at IU Drive
Folder structure
Can create folders in the Files page,
but no subfolders
Can create folders and subfolders
Automatically shared with groupspace participants
Yes
No, folder must be shared with Google Group manually
Editable permissions
It depends; general groupspace permissions apply by default, but page-level permissions may be turned on.
Yes, can set Edit or View access
Owner Owned by groupspace
Owned by individual; see Manage departmental content in Google at IU for implications.
Can access files from... Groupspace only Groupspace and Google Drive

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Last modified on 2018-09-18 10:03:30.

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