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Covid19 requiring remote work. Copied database into MS Teams so that multiple users could access/edit file.

Initially seemed to work OK, but since discovered edited versions all reverted to original copied file. This did NOT happen initially.

Tried to restore earlier version in Sharepoint but additional coding still missing.

Had archived copy of edited version into a protected server directory (which is not directly accessible to NVivo during remote connection) but when copied this file into Teams for remote work it also has reverted to pre-edited version. Stymied how to secure additional work.


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Hello JDO,

Putting a project file on a cloud for enabling multiple user simultaneous coding is not possible, unless you use Nvivo Server.

You may want to re-consider not to perform simultaneous coding. If that is OK for you and your team, then I suggest you to set up a coding schedule for each team member. This way allows other members to continue coding one after another. One thing to remember is each member should first put their project file on their hard drive instead of cloud folder. Once they finish their coding or their time is up, they should save the project on their hard drive (let's say into documents folder) then paste and replace the one project admin saved in cloud folder. Such a routine will prevent unexpected data loss incase you have network connection issues with the cloud service before saving your work.

Hope this helps,

With kind regards

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Thanks for your reply. To clarify, we were not doing simultaneous coding, it was sequential. What we had tried was to initially save the file to Teams cloud location and then downloaded to work on it, and re-saved with the edits. I also saved an archived copy of the edited file back to a secure non-cloud server location. This all seemed to work at first.  However when a co-worker then downloaded the edited file from the cloud location, the edits (additional coding) was gone.  I then went in to the server archive file the next day (which the co-worker hadn't accessed) but the new coding was gone there as well.

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When working with projects in cloud storage, we generally recommend not working directly from cloud location, instead users should have a local copy and it is recommended you temporarily pause cloud synching while working on the project.

To give some background, when you save a NVivo project file, many of these services immediately try to synchronise these changes to the project file which is stored in the cloud. However, they may not be able to access the project file because NVivo has exclusive access to the file while the project is open in NVivo. This can cause problems and occasionally NVivo may crash or lose data.



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