Need a simple solution to a Wiki-style contact directory
February 1, 2015 7:46 AM   Subscribe

I work in a medical clinic with a few other doctors, and we're trying to come up with a way to centralize our "favourites" when it comes to referrals -- which specialists do we usually refer to, where can patients go for physiotherapy, etc. I'm trying to find a simple way to implement this but so far not having a lot of success.

The requirements are:
  1. Hierarchical categories for listings
  2. WYSIWYG - no markup or syntax to learn
  3. User-editable (without having to work through a back-end or admin panel
I've tried a few different options thus far:
  • Wordpress with various "business directory" plugins -- not bad, but generally users can't add new categories without going to the admin panel.
  • Wikis - tried a few but they seem unnecessarily complicated for this purpose
Any suggestions for how to best implement this?
posted by greatgefilte to Computers & Internet (5 answers total)
Evernote shared folder.
posted by cda at 8:40 AM on February 1, 2015

Response by poster: Oooh, good point, not sure why I didn't think of that!
posted by greatgefilte at 9:05 AM on February 1, 2015

A simple Google Doc with one page for each category seems like it would work...or a Word Doc shared via Dropbox if you don't want to hassle with Google.
posted by COD at 11:54 AM on February 1, 2015

Response by poster: The trick is that the other physicians aren't all tech-savvy. I want to make it as painless as possible: no logins, just a direct (non-public) link to a page. With Evernote, they'd have to have Evernote accounts to modify the notebook; same for Google Docs I believe.
posted by greatgefilte at 3:45 PM on February 1, 2015

Well, I'm not clear on whether this is supposed to be in the Cloud, or if the practice has a local network, and if so what OS the network runs (Linux, Windows, Mac?)

It seems to me the dirt simplest approach would be to have folders on the shared network for physio, psycho, what have you. In each folder would be text file(s) maintained in a simple text editor. Every hour or overnight the text files would be concatenated to form a big text file which would be your directory. In addition to the data text files there could be "constant" text files with extra line spacing and categories in all capital letters.

Linux and Windows can definitely run batch files on a schedule, I assume Mac could somehow also (?).

posted by forthright at 7:06 PM on February 1, 2015

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