Thing 13 is about online collaboration and file sharing. So far, I haven’t had any need for these tools.
Sharing documents and collaborated editing
- Google Docs is indeed a very easy way of collaborating on editing the same document or presentation and sharing the results. However, I don’t like that you have to have a Google email account requiring everybody who wants to work on the document to get one. At work, we have a file server for sharing documents. Google Docs may be useful for team projects and activities in professional development courses outside work with people from various institutions.
- I installed Dropbox a few weeks ago in order to share files with my brother. I like the idea to view, download and upload any files, however, I am a little bit concerned about the access rights the program has to my system/folder via the Internet – it feels as if my computer is very unprotected and public. I will definitely keep it in mind for future use.
Conclusion: In the past, I have shared files via the document center provided my email provider. I haven’t made up my mind yet what to use – Dropbox or GoogleDocs or both? I find the comments by fellow cpd23 participant Laura Steel as well as the post “Dropbox or Google Docs?” by bonnieface at The TechLounge very helpful.
I am going to try out Dropbox a little bit more for sharing single files with people (I am not sure about folders as most of my colleagues or friends haven’t yet a Dropbox account). Again, too many options for file sharing. What is the best? Test opportunities will probably come up in the near future.
Although I think all of these things seem really useful, none of them are directly relevant to my current job. At work we have a shared drive and any files to be edited by more than one person are stored there. However, both Google Docs and Dropbox could be useful if I needed to work on a document at home. I will continue to use both of these tools, probably keeping GoogleDocs for documents relating to my career and work and Dropbox for more personal items.
We are using a wiki at work for keeping up-to-date information and procedures. I learned about the Library Routes Project – great idea!
Photo: Brecon Beacon National Park, Wales, July 2011. (c) Sabine Rauchmann