Collaborative Editing Tools

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Michael Farina's lecture on Collaborative Editing Tools, delivered to Yale faculty at Yale's Collaborative Learning Center.

Farina, Senior Lector in the Italian Department, discusses a number of collaborative text editing tools beyond the Yale Library’s MS Sharepoint software. He introduces a number of alternatives and solutions for collaborative writing that go beyond the "Yale bubble," including TextFlow (one of his favorites), DocVerse (one heck of an Office add-on), EtherPad (another favorite), doingText, WriteWith, WriteBoard (his staple), and TokBox.

Alternatives such as these have finally allowed researchers to move beyond sharing documents through email for the coordination and editing of collaborative writing and co-authored articles.

His presentation was given on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009: Election Day.

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  • So Docverse, as you know, was bought by Google about 8 months ago. Today, they just re-released their version.

    It's called Cloud Connect.

    Google's new version of Docverse is an add-on/plug-in for Microsoft Word, which will seemlessly integrate Word and Google Docs. Multiple authors can edit and sync at the same time. If you were still wondering, the cloud is here.

    http://techcrunch.com/2010/11/22/google-launches-plugin-that-fuses-microsoft-office-with-google-docs/
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  • A brilliant solution for collaborative users on opposite sides of the PC divide: for those stuck in Microsoft Office and the desktop and those who have migrated to the cloud and Google Docs.

    Real collaborative writing while using the two different systems:

    http://www.offisync.com/
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  • For any Sharepoint/Outlook collaborative document users, a new plug in by Harmony bridges the Word Google Docs divide:

    Harmony has a free plug-ins that brings Google Docs documents and Microsoft SharePoint document libraries directly to Microsoft Outlook. Once downloaded, Harmony for Google Docs will open in a sidebar pane within Outlook. The new Harmony sidebar enables people to share a single, centralized copy of the document, eliminating the many intermediary steps associated with sending e-mail attachments back and forth. The plug-in allows users to locate, share, and work on Google documents directly from their email client.

    http://harmony.mainsoft.com/
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  • For the Google Docs enthusiasts out there (and I’m moving slowly there), offline support and sync just became better with

    http://www.memeoconnect.com/

    This is a GREAT application for anyone using Google Docs!
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  • Big news for huddle: now integrated with MS Office, so it's like docVerse now, but with all the web conferencing and project management tools.

    http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/09/30/huddle-launches-iphone-app-microsoft-office-plug-in-and-web-conferencing-tool/
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Collaborative Editing Tools

  1. 1. Collaborative Editing Tools Yale University Collaborative Learning Center November 3, 2009
  2. 2. Sharepoint’s Competitors:
  3. 3. Sharepoint’s Competitors: ✴ Jive Software
  4. 4. Sharepoint’s Competitors: ✴ Jive Software ✴ SocialText
  5. 5. Sharepoint’s Competitors: ✴ Jive Software ✴ SocialText ✴ PBWorks (PBwiki)
  6. 6. Sharepoint’s Competitors: ✴ Jive Software ✴ SocialText ✴ PBWorks (PBwiki) ✴ Huddle (Groupwise)
  7. 7. Sharepoint’s Competitors: ✴ Jive Software ✴ SocialText ✴ PBWorks (PBwiki) ✴ Huddle (Groupwise) ✴ Backpack
  8. 8. Collaborative Workspaces vs Collaborative Editing Tools
  9. 9. Collaborative SBS, Project Management Software, Workspaces Groupware (Learning Curve) (Often Difficult) vs Collaborative Editing Tools
  10. 10. Collaborative SBS, Project Management Software, Workspaces Groupware (Learning Curve) (Often Difficult) vs Collaborative Task Driven Editing Tools (Intuitive) (Ease of Use)
  11. 11. Some things to consider with Collaborative Editing Tools:
  12. 12. Some things to consider with Collaborative Editing Tools: Online/Offline
  13. 13. Some things to consider with Collaborative Editing Tools: Online/Offline Simplicity (and learning curve)
  14. 14. Some things to consider with Collaborative Editing Tools: Online/Offline Simplicity (and learning curve) Type of Comments/Suggestions
  15. 15. Some things to consider with Collaborative Editing Tools: Online/Offline Simplicity (and learning curve) Type of Comments/Suggestions Tracking History
  16. 16. Some things to consider with Collaborative Editing Tools: Online/Offline Simplicity (and learning curve) Type of Comments/Suggestions Tracking History Realtime
  17. 17. Some things to consider with Collaborative Editing Tools: Online/Offline Simplicity (and learning curve) Type of Comments/Suggestions Tracking History Realtime The Purpose of Your Collaboration
  18. 18. Type of Comments/Edits/Suggestions
  19. 19. Type of Comments/Edits/Suggestions Audio
  20. 20. Type of Comments/Edits/Suggestions Audio Video
  21. 21. Type of Comments/Edits/Suggestions Audio Video Textual
  22. 22. Type of Comments/Edits/Suggestions Audio Video Textual Whiteboard
  23. 23. The Purpose of Your Collaboration
  24. 24. The Purpose of Your Collaboration Input?
  25. 25. The Purpose of Your Collaboration Input? Editorial?
  26. 26. The Purpose of Your Collaboration Input? Editorial? Collaborative?
  27. 27. The Purpose of Your Collaboration Input? } Comments Editorial? Collaborative?
  28. 28. The Purpose of Your Collaboration Input? } Comments Editorial? } Control Collaborative?
  29. 29. The Purpose of Your Collaboration Input? } Comments Editorial? } Control Collaborative? History, Comments, Wiki-Functionality, & Truly Collaborative Writing
  30. 30. For Academics, The purpose of collaborative editing really falls into two basic categories: Democratic Benevolent Tyrant
  31. 31. For Democratic Collaborative Editing
  32. 32. For Democratic Collaborative Editing
  33. 33. For the Benevolent Tyrant
  34. 34. For the Benevolent Tyrant (or, the Editor with final say)
  35. 35. http://blog.tokbox.com/2009/08/26/collaboration-moves-to-the-next-level/
  36. 36. My favorites: Writeboard Te x t f l o w Etherpad

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