And again with the research stuff
June 20, 2011 3 Comments
I find Social Documents far more interesting. I’ve used Google Docs for a long time and find them really useful for active documents (that’s documents that are being revised prior to publishing). Google Docs make it possible for a number of people to work on a document at the same time without there becoming a dreadful muddle of drafts. Anyone who has to do this sort of thing on a regular basis will know how annoying these confusing drafts are. It’s not just Word documents that can be shared in the Cloud though, Google Docs also provide spreadsheets and presentations too. It’s all really easy to use, though the layout is a little different to the usual Windows interaction. I think Dropbox is just marvellous, I’ve been using it for a while now and never had any problems with it. Using it is as easy as falling off a log. Just download the app and away you go. You can use Dropbox just for saving all types of documents just as though it’s another harddrive -or- you can share documents by sending a completely individual url for each document to your collaborator -or- you can share a folder and put all your combined documents in so you can both access all of them in privacy – fantastic. The only problem that occurs is when you have a completely old-fashioned, uninformed IT management that prevents any sort of app from working inside their firewall. So just check before you set everything up – some of your colleagues might not have moved into the 21st century! The RIN Social Media guide puts Zoho under the heading of Social Documents but I think I might have put it under Project Management. Zoho does loads of things, email, chat, documents, meetings, discussions, wikis and lots more. Zoho looks as if it is aimed at the business market but that doesn’t mean it would not be useful to researchers. I must admit that I have never used it but it appears very user-friendly – please somebody have a go at it and let me know how you get on.
So finally for today, on to Project Management. Bamboo has been created specifically for SharePoint so your university will need to be using it before you can make use of Bamboo. However, if you are lucky enough to have a SharePoint server Bamboo will be very useful especially if you have a number of different projects that you need to keep track off. Basecamp is another project manager that is quite easy to use (well it is for those of you who are used to managing projects). It will cost you about £30 per month to manage 15 projects or about twice that to manage 100 projects. The last app to mention is Huddle, which is considerably more expensive than Basecamp. Huddle costs about £124 for 1-10 projects! Somewhat expensive but it is supposed to be considerably safer than other project managers – whether we need that sort of security is questionable.
ok folks that’s it today. I’ll start on the use of Social Multimedia tomorrow.