First migrations from Box to OneDrive go smoothly | University times


Pilot migrations of files from Box to Microsoft OneDrive have been performed for three Pitt responsibility centers – the School of Dental Medicine and a few labs – Pitt IT Deputy Chief Information Officer Adam Hobaugh reported to the University’s Computing and Information Technology Committee Senate on Sept. 28.

By using SkySync to automate the process, the migration successfully transferred both the files and their metadata, he said.

Pitt IT will then migrate students’ Box accounts and then systematically go through each accountability center, aiming to complete by August 2022, when Pitt’s Box agreement expires.

Migration means that the files are copied to the new location, but remain in Box, although they can no longer be edited in Box, nor can new files be uploaded to Box. However, existing files in Box can still be shared with collaborators in a project, Hobaugh said, until Pitt’s Box agreement expires.

Hobaugh also noted that active access to Box can be maintained for $250 per year (see details here).

Other cases

Work on a new policy for accessing and using the university’s computers has begun, reports Michael Spring, faculty emeritus member of the School of Computing and Information. He said the policy committee has so far decided to “view computer resources as more similar today to the use of pencil and paper 50 years ago.” For example, the college paper and pencil (or computer and network) can be tools to help shape ideas that the Pitt employee, not Pitt, owns (with the obvious proviso that employees still cannot use such tools to open a personal business or store porn, for example).

Mark Henderson, the university’s chief information officer, reported that, in addition to trying to get employees who work for both places to integrate their software, Pitt and UPMC are exploring ways for such employees to share calendars and hold meetings with colleagues from both institutions. regardless of which institution account is used.

Marty Levine is a staff writer for the University Times. Reach him at or 412-758-4859.

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