Google Drive: Existing Users
On August 19, 2019, several users reported that their Google synchronizations were broken. Discussion with Google technical support people revealed nothing useful, and included a request that I spend several days deleting 40,000+ files from the Trash folder of the synchronization account. Instead, we deleted the entire account (which took 60 seconds), and created a new master account. Doing this broke existing synchronizations completely. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we are unable to control how Google Drive behaves, or how Google Technical Support behaves.
To get your synchronizations back:
Google Drive: New Users
IAPSOP distributes both its periodicals database and the Standard Spiritualist and Occult Corpus (SSOC) via Google Drive.
While both IAPSOP and SSOC are searchable via the Web, there's something valuable in having your own copy of the data -- both in terms of the searchability of the material, and in terms of preservation. Preservation-through-copying is what this technology substrate we call the Internet is all about, in part.
Anyone who's interested in doing so will be able to maintain an automatically-synchronized copy of the contents of IAPSOP (periodicals and monographs), via Google Drive. All that's required, on your part, is Google Drive (now called Google Backup and Sync, when installed on your PC or Mac) on your local machine, a reasonably fast network connection, and enough local disk space (on which more later). Because Google Drive, unlike Dropbox and some other similar tools, does not require that you buy storage from them when you're on the receiving end of a large distribution (Google only requires IAPSOP to buy the storage, which has been done), you can use a free Google Drive account to accomplish this, using this URL.
Remember to explicitly "add to Google Drive" after you invoke the URL above. If you don't know how to do that, see this short video.
Together, the IAPSOP periodicals and the SSOC are in excess of 500 gigabytes (half a terabyte). Consult IAPSOP's splash page for current figures. Ensure that you have adequate local disk space to hold the distribution. IAPSOP recommends that you refrain from putting your Google Drive's local copy on the same hard drive from which you load your operating system (your boot drive).
The Google Drive distributions are live -- as long as your Google Drive client is synching properly, you'll get updates for both the SSOC and the IAPSOP periodicals as soon as they're published, without having to do to anything.
Some things to note:
All IAPSOP materials are shared via Tresorit, a secure and reliable file sharing mechanism. IAPSOP directors use Tresorit, rather than Google Drive, because of Tresorit's reliability.
Download Tresorit here.
Keep in mind that you'll need approximate 1 terabyte (TB) of free storage to make a full local copy of IAPSOP's holdings, with room for that collection to grow as we add to it.