I‘m working a lot with Nextcloud for document management and like to include individual folder sharings inside Discouse wikis / topics to offer direct access. The best way would be a plugin, that dynamically shows the files and sub folders as expandable detail list view.
Usually not. I prefer sharing these folders by link and separate password. Maybe it’s possible to add the password into the link scheme? The user shouldn’t notice that access restriction too much. Therefore the user shouldn’t be asked to enter the pw manually. It’s important for me, to keep some folders semi private and everything smooth as possible.
Usually, I’m linking the Nextcloud folder at the categories pinned introduction topic. But I also like to share folder content within any other post to offer instant access for course material / project files and more.
I guess not. Why is this relevant? It might be possible some NC folder sharings could occur multiple times within one Discourse instance.
Read-only would be perfect. I need the information about file/folder names, file types, sizes, the option to expend / collapse sub folders and a direct download link.
In case the shared folder is password protected, the PW and direct link to NC should be noted somewhere beside the listing view.
It’s a complicated and fair question. I’m not very experienced in (web-based) software development and the cash flow is always an issue I have no commercial use-case. I’d like to close the gap between course document management and an excellent community experience. Each course has it’s own category Moodle and OpenOLAT have a bad user experience.
I would say, yes.
Having a seamless user experience in discussion and document management is the goal for integrative / barrier-free “groupware”. I would compare it with the back linking (feedback loop) of Discourse’s github commits at the comments section on github.com. Every time the users need to open the link separately on anther tab / window, he/she will be interrupted and gets confused from different platforms and usabilities.
Thank you very much for you’re kind help and #marketplace advice. Interoperability isn’t and won’t be trivial in near future without standardization and solving compatibility issues of standalone software. If this feature will come true, we’ll / I’ll need to find a way, to use WebDAV as bridge technology.
Hello, we also work a lot with Nextcloud and we are wanting to implement Discourse, so I wanted to consult you if you could include for the management of documents and the individual shared folders within the themes / wikis of Discouse to offer direct access. Or if you could relate Nextcloud and Discourse in some way. From already thank you very much!
This topic was created in 2019 and nextcloud has evolved quite a bit since then. I’d be interested to learn what folks are doing with Nextcloud 21 and how you are contemplating using it in conjunction with Discourse, in a “groupware” context.
From my understanding, the answer to the question in the OP:
is YES. Discourse is a discussion platform, while Nextcloud’s original super power is about file syncing and sharing: https://nextcloud.com/files/
With embedding discourse comments, you’d be able to click a link to start a topic in Discourse to start talking about any file or folder, and see all the replies. The topic will have a link back to the nextcloud file or folder.
Thanks @sunjam! I’m a member over on help.nextcloud.com/user/tobiaseigen too so we can talk over there about any work people are doing to improve or add on to nextcloud. The Discourse dashboard widget and unified search is also interesting. I’d suggest focusing on a few things that Discourse is really good at and just turning off all the competing functionality in nextcloud, rather than trying to integrate all the things™. To me this is primarily discussion, but also user management and security features. I’d like to see Discourse be the identity provider for nextcloud and other collaboration tools using OIDC. This is currently not possible - if you want to use Discourse as identity provider you have to use our bespoke functionality which requires programming.
For context, right now my interest in this is mostly personal (I use nexcloud and Discourse for various personal projects). I can well imagine that nextcloud might also be of interest for others who use Discourse for collaboration, including in particular Discourse for Teams customers. It’d be great to be able to just set up a companion nextcloud server alongside a Discourse site to easily sync and share media and other large files without having to resort to social media or google drive etc.