Category Archives: Google

Collaboration can be found in those puffy white things in the sky

Here is another good article from C&RL News.

Collaboration in the cloud: Untethered technologies for scholarly pursuits” by Courtney Greene and Elizabeth Ruane.

April 2011 was an especially tough month for cloud computing—Amazon’s cloud went down, the Sony PlayStation network was hacked, and Verizon’s LTE network was unavailable for more than a day. However, if loving the cloud is wrong, we don’t want to be right. Our story of life in the cloud begins in the fall of 2009, when we produced a book manuscript relying almost exclusively on Web-based applications and services. Although using these mobile-friendly tools while writing a book about building mobile-optimized Web sites wasn’t a conscious or purposeful decision, integrating a suite of portable technologies, like Google Docs and Dropbox, transformed our workflow, sparked our creativity, and improved our eventual product.

Duke collaborates with other universities to expand ebook access

Duke University is collaborating with Cornell, Emory and Johns Hopkins to provide greater access to scanned books published between 1923 and 1963.

They were able to do what Google hasn’t been able to because their library systems own print editions of the books.

“The reason the four of us are collaborating is we had to make the case to our general counsels and our provosts that this is legal,” said Kevin Smith, a Duke librarian and lawyer who handles intellectual property issues. “We collaborated to produce memos, and we made the arguments together.”

Collaborative Highlighting at Google Docs

Found this at the The Unquiet Library.

Google Wave may have bitten the dust, but they added this feature to Google Docs.

From Google: “You can now see the text that other editors are highlighting as they select it. So if someone is about to delete something on your screen or drag text somewhere else, you’ll see them highlight that text before anything changes.”

Collaboration in Google Docs…

just got better.

Thanks to Aaron Tay for the RT.

Email as collaboration tool?

Yesterday Read/Write/Web ran a story about collaboration services in email, focusing on a new service that makes sharing documents through an email system more reliable. The idea behind YouSendIt is that many people try to send big documents through an email system that was not created to handle files of that size. This service gives you a way to store the document “in the cloud” and use the YouSendIt features to make the document available to download to your collaborators – without having to actually send the document in the email. They have a close relationship with Exchange and Outlook, for libraries who use that sort of email system. Libraries who use Gmail can use the new Google Docs functionality that lets you store (and share) any type of document on Google’s servers (again, “in the cloud”) to get many of the features that YouSendIt offers. Either way, using cloud services to share big documents with other librarians is becoming easier – and is always more reliable than trying to figure out if the document you are sending is small enough to work with your teammates’ email services!

Collaborative Buzzing

Love it or hate it, Google’s new Buzz service has been out and in use for a week or so and it’s causing some stir in the Internet community and throughout the library world. There have been several posts written in the last week – everything from the basics of how to use Buzz at Web Worker Daily or tips for the “advanced Buzz user” from Read/Write/Web to a discussion of the uses of Buzz in collaborative work at Social Media Today – in the general Internet press, but not much in the library world – yet.  There is some discussion in FriendFeed about Buzz by librarians, but not much written by librarians about the uses of Buzz in libraries. Maybe this is because there is none – lots of the comments I see by librarian FriendFeeders seem to indicate that they are giving up on the service already – or maybe it’s just too soon. Whether or not Buzz becomes something we can use in libraries (for collaboration or just networking), I think it’s worth keeping an eye on.