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My team is currently considering options for an electronic evidence storage system that we could access over the internet for file sharing and backfiles. It would have to be secure and searchable.

 

Does anyone know of any platforms or programs available?

Or a service we could subscribe to that would not be inordinately exspensive?

 

Or does anyone know how to set up a database themselves?

 

Any advice or suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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My team is currently considering options for an electronic evidence storage system that we could access over the internet for file sharing and backfiles. It would have to be secure and searchable.

 

Does anyone know of any platforms or programs available?

Or a service we could subscribe to that would not be inordinately exspensive?

 

Or does anyone know how to set up a database themselves?

 

Any advice or suggestions are greatly appreciated.

 

Heres the fire fox FTP server.

 

http://fireftp.mozdev.org/

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I think most colleges I know who want this kind of access just create a gmail account for each topic all with the same password. Basically you just make sure that only completed files are emailed as attachments to the gmail account. Also you should make sure the subject is descriptive like what file then the date or tournament then who cut it, so that it is an effective backfile system. By far and away this is the cheapest and most effective method I know--other people who use this system might jump in and add other advice.

 

I guess this is not necessarily a searchable method, but it saves on the costs. My team just uses a server that can be accessed remotely with password only--I am not sure of the technical aspect--but basically it is just a hard drive with the backfiles and the programs necessary to access it remotely.

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The idea about a gmail account is completely legitimate. The college I debate for has used this for many years and it has worked out great for us. However, we have discovered a new means that keeps things a little more organized which is a phpbb forum server. The forum offers numerous advantages over gmail, mainly through its ability to offer greater storage capacity and organizational ability. The disadvantage to such a system is that I think there is a substantial cost associated. My advice is that if you just debate on a high school team than a gmail account will do just fine. Also, you can sort things pretty well through gmail by using labels. Our team would create topic labels and also generics such as DA's, CP's, Kritiks, Framework, T, etc.

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we have discovered a new means that keeps things a little more organized which is a phpbb forum server. The forum offers numerous advantages over gmail, mainly through its ability to offer greater storage capacity and organizational ability. The disadvantage to such a system is that I think there is a substantial cost associated.

 

How did you keep it organized and such?

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Debate Addict.

http://www.debateaddict.com has everything you could possibly need. I started using it for LD this year, and I don't use the vast majority of the features as they are geared towards policy debate. It's awesome. The website has a pretty extensive overview, but it's an all in one card cutting, filing system, tourney prep, file sharing system.

 

Talk to your coach about setting up a team account, and then individuals can receive log-ins. I don't know how much it costs. I've heard it's not cheap, but my access was included in the tuition I paid for camp over the summer. It's definitely worth a look.

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Servage.net. It's just a website host, but it offers a substantial amount of storage, like 500 GB, and it has this neat feature where you can make the server an N: drive of your computer and it saves to the server just like it was a huge hard drive. All the files are in directories just like on your computer.

 

If you want, you can also set up a website (it comes with one domain, and has autoinstall database content management systems like joomla and php-nuke.) In other words, you'd have your own site for all debaters and once an "administrator" gives them access to the download section, they could get the files. This is a little more complicated than the drive, but it's really not that hard to set up. Also, this is a cheap option at about $7/month.

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Gmail.

 

Our team uses it, Harvard Debate uses it, numerous others do as well. There is no downside. It's free, you get virtually unlimited storage (read: you won't fill up your account), it's searchable, anyone can send files to it, it's not complicated, it's just as secure as any other option.

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i kind of wish gmail had folders, though. it makes it look so...unorganized when your inbox has everything ever. is storage space an issue for anyone?

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I wrote this a year ago, but never got around to editing and posting it. It's been on my hard drive ever since. Some of it is downright bad advice, and some of the links are probably old, but maybe it will give you some ideas

 

Ways to collaborate on research projects.

 

* Online document collaboration (Great organization, lots of storage, easy. Problems: limited functionality as word processor, slow to use, all beta versions, can't upload files.)

http://www.google.com/google-d-s/intl/en/tour1.html (Group members can all edit same doc at same time)

http://product.thinkfree.com/online/overview.html (Java based. Good.)

http://www.zoho.com (LOTS of features, including doc uploading and publishing. Free, but $3/mo for multiple users)

http://www.writeboard.com (not really doc collaboration - more like a private wiki)

 

* FTP servers and other online storage

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_FTP_clients

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_FTP_servers

http://www.box.net (only one sub-account with free version, but you get 1GB storage)

http://www.mediamax.com/ (I've never used it, but they give you 25 gigs of storage)

http://www.xdrive.com (Easy to use. Hey, AOL owns it.)

 

* Shell account (Not simple, but limitless features)

List of free UNIX accounts: http://www.ductape.net/~mitja/freeunix.shtml

One of interest: http://freeshells.ch/features.html (250 MB cap)

 

* Wikis (can be GREAT for organization, but can only really share text)

http://www.wikispaces.com/

http://pbwiki.com/

 

* Email spams

(A pain to keep organized, lots of redundant spamming, but it works.)

 

* Shared gmail accounts

(Only slightly easier to keep organized.)

 

* db8torrent

(poor for organization but good be good for sharing large completed files)

It sounds like you're looking for something like xdrive, mediamax, or box.net. Try them out.

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MediaFire or CiteULike.

 

Both allow for unlimited file hosting, tags and notes, full descriptions, and are fully searchable. Personally, if I were doing this, I would use one of these services in tandem with some sort of reference management software (like Endnote) to track and index while offline.

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but it doesn't leave your inbox, it all stays there and looks cluttered.

 

 

edit: 4,000

 

Select the email, label it however you want, and then click Archive. It will disapear from your inbox and remain in your label folder.

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scribd is kind of sweet. Nice find.

I would agree with Tomak, just make a private group on Scribd and post your evidence on there.

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