Collaboration Station

Okay geeks and geekettes, here’s your chance to use your computer hack-trickery and knowledge to good purpose. I need your suggestions.

Needs: a common place for a half dozen committee folks to submit relavant web links with comments; post ideas about the logistics, timing, space allocation, and responsibilities for an April 19 Earth Day Event; set up a calendar; and maintain a running conversation in an easily accessible web location, some not being familiar with wikis and such.

What is the quickest, easiest and best suited Web 2 collaborative location to do what we need to do so all can participate without a steep learning curve?

I’ve seen so many such sites in the past six months and not needed this sort of thing. Now I need this sort of thing, and I’m asking you to share from your experience–as many of you work regularly with groups like this. Here on Goose Creek, not so much.

I started working this direction on a WetPaint wiki site here. Maybe this is as good as any. Whaddaya think?

One good resource already found: maps of Virginia’s watersheds. Yes, there are other kinds of geeks than computer geeks.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Might try Google Apps for collaboration, or better, Zoho (by the way, I meant to tell you before that Zoho has a web based app called Notebook very very similar to your favored OneNote, very cool).

    A wiki is a good way to go though. Don’t know about Wetpaint. Your site looks pretty good but when I messed with my own, it had too much BS clutter. I went to PB Wiki. Try PB Wiki 🙂

  2. It doesn’t seem very sexy but I’ve settled on Google Docs. And besides it doesn’t matter. Having a great collaboration tool really isn’t worth a hill of beans if the collaborators don’t collaborate.