Content management for academic dummies
September 10, 2010 12:17 PM Subscribe
Needed: content management/collaboration for a new lab. Details inside.
posted by googly to technology (8 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I am setting up a new lab (psychology/social science) in a university setting. We currently use a hybrid of Google Docs and Dropbox for sharing, storing, and collaborating on documents. I like the former because it integrates well with the other google stuff that I use (gmail, calendar, etc); and I love dropbox because its the best thing I've used so far for sharing, storing, and collaborating on documents. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons this will likely become unwieldy as we add new team members and the research gets rolling. So I am looking around for a content management / collaboration system.
Our workflow is pretty simple: we generate and edit documents primarily using standard Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and statistical programs. These documents may be edited by multiple people, possibly (though rarely) at the same time. We will be storing some sensitive information so security must be good. I would also like to add a team calendar and a fairly simple wiki. So the basic attributes would be:
Must be: very simple to use, with a shallow learning curve, as some of my colleagues are slightly techno-phobic; free or relatively cheap (we are funded but not extravagantly so).
Must have: document collaboration, storage and backup, ideally in the cloud since we don't have server space (yet); calendar; wiki; good security.
Would be nice: some kind of integration with Google Calendar and/or Google Docs.
I have reviewed previous questions on this subject, but none seem to address exactly my criteria. Thanks in advance!