Box is a cloud-based storage service that provides unlimited free, online space for storing or sharing files. Files stored on Box can be synced and accessed from several locations, including desktops, mobile devices, and laptops.
Upload and preview text-based documents, presentations, images, audio files, video files, flash/mobile video files, and 3D (graphics and modeling) files
Files shared on UChicago Box may be accessed from mobile devices, laptops, and desktop computers
Description of Services
The University of Chicago has partnered with Box to deliver file sharing services to all faculty, staff, and students. Box is a cloud-based storage service that provides unlimited free, online space for storing or sharing files. Files stored on Box can be synced and accessed from several locations, including desktops, mobile devices, and laptops. For more information, see the entry in the ITS services catalog.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much can I store in Box?
There is no limit on UChicago Box storage space. You can store any types of files in Box, but individual files cannot currently be larger than 15 GB.
How can I see my files?
Box will preview files in the browser for many file types, including Office and pdf files, images and video, and even 3D models and biomedical images. For details on the file types supported in Preview, see https://community.box.com/t5/Managing-Your-Content/What-file-types-and-fonts-are-supported-by-Box-s-Content-Preview/ta-p/327
Can I share files with people outside the University?
Yes! You can share files with anyone who has an email address. You can restrict files to be shared with specific people, or share them with only people within the University. There are two basic mechanisms for sharing folders in Box: Sharing with specific named collaborators or by using a shared link to a folder or file. For details on how to set permissions for folders and files in Box see:
Can I recover a previous version of my file in Box?
Yes! Box maintains a complete history of previous versions of files saved with the same name. To learn about accessing previous file versions, see How To Track Your Files and File Versions
What information can I store on Box?
Data privacy is very important to UChicago, and that includes information stored on cloud services such as Drive. IT Services, in collaboration with our campus partners, has created a Data Usage Guide to help the campus community better understand what data is appropriate to store where. If you have questions or concerns about storing data in the cloud, take a look at Data Usage Guide for more information.