Introduction of Collaborative Writing The term collaborative writing refers to projects where written works are created by multiple people together (collaboratively) rather than individually. – credited to wikipedia Collaborative writing tools : facilitate the editing and reviewing of a text document by multiple individuals either in real-time or asynchronously. (credit to http://www.kolabora.com).
The Top Ten Internet Collaborative Tools 1. EMAIL - One-to-one private interaction 2. LISTSERVS - one-to-many public interaction 3. NEWSGROUPS - Site-based one-to-many small group and/or public interaction 4. BBSES - Site-based one-to-one private and one-to-many small group and/or public interaction 5. WEB-CONFERENCING (Multiple formats) - Graphical Collaborative Environments. Including co-browsers with group chat features. 6. INTERNET RELAY CHAT (IRC) - "Live" public one-to-one and one-to-many interaction 7. MUDS/MOOS - Similar to Chat, but featuring enhanced control and object-oriented features. Interactive fiction and online role-playing/theater capabilities. 8. IPHONE and INTERNET RADIO - Internet telephone and audioconferencing; one-to-one or one-to-many. Also, Internet Radio capabilities. 9. DESKTOP VIDEO CONFERENCING - "Live" one-to-one or one-to-several video interaction 10. VRML CHAT SYSTEMS - Using three dimensional 'avatars' for one-to-on "live" chat using animated 3 dimensional characters. Source :http://lone-eagles.com/collab.htm; published in the Dec/Jan. 2000 issue of Leading and Learning Magazine ( http://iste.org ).
Proprietary Tools 1.MICROSOFT OFFICE COLLABORATION TOOL Features Document collaboration tool (built-in feature of MS Office) Ability to merge multiple versions of documents into single document Ability to track changes Can be used at local area network level and online Subject to End User Licence fees Licencing Proprietary (Microsoft)
2.ONLINE: GOOGLE DOCS(http://docs.google.com) Features Support multiple applications (eg: document, spreadsheet, presentations, drawings, forms) Free usage and user registration Files uploaded from desktop Can be accessed from anywhere Can share file / realtime collaboration Demo usage at www.youtube.com/docs Storage limit up to 1Gb, documents stored at google server. Licencing Proprietary, copyright controlled Components of Google Docs applications are subject to copyright protection
4. Lotus Domino/Notes Lotus is one of the original players in the collaboration and messaging market and has made a name with business users and IT specialists. A Lotus Domino Server provides the back-end services and Lotus Notes serving as a client application. There is some integration possible between wikis and Notes but different communities tend to draw the dividing line between Notes content and wiki content differently. Lotus Notes tends to be preferred for hosting large reference documents, or more formal documents, within the Intranet.
Freeware Tools 1.Mailing lists/ListServs A simple and widely spread collaboration method and private. Emails are sent to a designated email address. The receiver of that address is not a person but a software, which broadcasts received emails to all subscribers. The receivers are usually restricted and although there is some support for publishing mailing lists on the web the information circulated through mailing lists is usually not accessible to users who are not subscribed.
2.Zoho Writer A collaborative editor that lets you create your documents and share them publicly or privately. The interface is very intuitive and you can import any existing document to work on it. Enables you to export you text in several formats, such as PDF, ODT, Word, HTML and others. Offers about 20 different fonts among which to choose and Free to use. Link:http://writer.zoho.com/
3. Writeboard A web-based editor that enables you to write online documents and collaborate with colleagues. We can subscribe to documents via RSS to be notified of changes and keep your writings organized with Backpack integration. Writeboard requires Internet Explorer 6.x, Safari, or Firefox and it is free to use. Link:http://www.writeboard.com/
4. Quick Doc Review Gives an instant private space for gathering comments on any Word and HTML document. Your group can comment on each paragraph, directly within the document, and you can also display, sort, and print the comments separately. You can start your document review in about one minute. It's even easier for your readers because they don't have to register or sign in. The basic review service is free, while a Pro version which adds password protection and full customization costs $79/year.
5. Wiki Wikis can be used in different contexts mainly for developing written text, not only WWW but also locally or Intranet. A wiki enables documents to be written collaboratively, in a simple markup language using only a Web browser. They do not require users to install additional software. Meaningful topic associations between different pages are created by making page links. Disadvatage : only GPL-like license
Open source Tools (OSS) 1. TheOpenDoc A free collaborative application, that enables teams to work efficiently together over the Internet. Through workspaces you can easily create and share with friends, business partners and colleagues.
2. Mindquarry An Open Source collaborative software platform for file sharing (documents, images, media files, etc.), task and project management, team collaboration and Wiki editing that meshes simplicity and functionality. Resources: http://techmagazine.ws/the-best-collaboration-tools/ http://sixrevisions.com/tools/15-free-tools-for-web-based-collaboration/ http://www.kolabora.com/news/2007/03/01/collaborative_writing_tools_and_technology.htm