Box - Project Folders

What is this article about? If you plan on sharing files with a research group, department or team of people over time, you can request a Project Directory to use for collaboration. A Project Directory is a UW-Madison enterprise Box account that is not owned by an individual user. Instead, requesting a Project Directory results in the creation of a special collaboration folder that will be used to manage group files and folders. Project Directories usually have more than one co-owner associated with them to insure continuity of access in the event that one of the co-owners leave the University. Once the folder is available the co-owners may then share folder access with other Box users as desired. Choose UW Madison's Box project folders when you have several project collaborators that change across the project's lifespan. These specific project folders allow two co-owners the ability to delegate permissions and share content. This minimizes the issues with changes in folder ownership. The main advantage to using a project directory is that files and folders contained within the project directory folder will not be subject to deletion in connection with NetID deactivations.

Step by Step Guide

  1. Validate with the group interested in adopting a Box Project Directory that no other file / folder share options are available.
  2. Communicate that no PHI (restricted data) can be stored in Box Project Directories.
  3. Request a Box Project Directory by submitting this request form with the appropriate information.

Default Configuration

  1. Invitation Restrictions and Shared Link Access: By default Project Directories are configured so that only co-owners can invite other collaborators and only collaborators can access files via shared links. This is more restrictive than the default folder permissions which normally allow Editors to issue collaboration invitations and also allow sharing via open links.  A Project Directory co-owner can change the default sharing permissions at the root folder level. Keep in mind that this will impact all sub-folders within the Project Directory. For more information see: Folder Settings

  2. Folder Owner: The "Owner" of a Project Directory is a Box Service Account that is not accessible by end users and can not be logged into directly. The Project Directory owner usually appears to be prj_<Folder_Name> This can not be changed.

  3. Folder Access: Folder access is granted through sharing permissions. The co-owners of the Project Directory can invite other users to collaborate on the folder or assign other users as co-owners. For more information on folder collaboration please see Understanding Box Folder Settings.

Common Issues

  1. A File or Folder has Disappeared: Co-owners and Editors can move or delete files. If a file is deleted, only the collaborator who deleted the file will see it in their Trash.

  2. Collaborator Permissions: It is important to carefully manage collaborator permissions. Box offers very fine control over what actions collaborators can take. See Understanding Collaborator Permission Levels for more information.

  3. Adding Content to Project Directories: To transfer content to a Project Directory folder from an individual UW Madison Box account you should move or copy the file or folder rather than transferring ownership. Transferring ownership will remove you as a co-owner of the folder. See Moving and Copying Files & Folders for more information about managing Box content.

  4. Convert an existing Folder to a Project Directory: If you would like to transfer a folder to a Box Project Directory please follow this procedure:

      1. Request a Project Directory. You can find the Request Form here. You can expect the Project Directory to be created within 3 days of the request.
      2. After the Project Directory is created you can now move the contents of your existing folder into the Project Directory. See Moving and Copying Files & Folders for more information about moving content in Box.
      3. Note: If you want to transfer folders to a Project Directory you should always move the file/folder rather than transferring ownership. Transferring ownership will cause your collaborator status to change from Co-Owner to Editor and break the expected relationship between Project Directory Name and Owner.

Keywords:box share files   Doc ID:111777
Owner:Viviana P.Group:UW Department of Surgery
Created:2021-06-18 08:18 CSTUpdated:2021-08-06 14:20 CST
Sites:UW Department of Surgery
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