Search Public Files on Google Drive, Dropbox, Skydrive, Evernote, and Box with CloudKite

Editor’s note: This post is part of our Source the Web series here on SourceCon. It features articles on how to mine particular online data resources.

Google Drive, Dropbox, Skydrive, Evernote, and Box are tools that allow users to save and share documents on the cloud. Unfortunately, most of these tools have not developed a way for users to search other people’s files that have been set to allow for public sharing. Cloud Kite is a tool that is filling that void. The company describes themselves on their Google+ profile as a “collective encyclopedia project based on Google Drive public files and on the Cloud sharing, Cloud sourcing and Cloud solving principles.” Using Cloud Kite, users can search files uploaded to Google Drive, Dropbox, Skydrive, Evernote, and Box at the same time (note that the more services you search, the longer the search takes).

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Below is a screen shot of the search results for: resume AND c++

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What types of files can we potentially find that can help us as sourcers?

  • Resumes
  • Conference attendee lists
  • Meeting minutes (complete with names)
  • Shared projects developers are working on

The possibilities are endless!

Please give it a try and let me know how it works for you in the comments section below. Do you know of any other tools that will search documents shared in the cloud?

Jeremy Roberts, SPHR, is VP, Customer Experience at HiringSolved. He is the previous Editor of SourceCon. Prior to joining the ERE Media team, he spent over a decade working as a recruiter, sourcer, and sourcing manager. This time was spent in diverse environments, including third party agency settings (retained and contingent), recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) providers, and internal corporate HR departments. His previous employers include the MHA Group, Ajilon Finance, Korn Ferry Futurestep, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, and Randstad Sourceright, US. He resides in Corinth, TX with his wife and 3 children.


10 Comments on “Search Public Files on Google Drive, Dropbox, Skydrive, Evernote, and Box with CloudKite

  1. This is a great free resource for mining resumes that may not be publicly available elsewhere. I just ran a few queries for resumes (cloud, development, gaming) and received a viable & relevant response.

  2. Can’t move on: click “I agree” button on “Terms of use” page and nothing happens, just refreshing the page.

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