There are many online tools nowadays which facilitate our work as researchers, students, managers and active collaborators. They help us to stay connected and to improve communications with others: our colleagues, staff, classmates, students, communities, boards. I selected for you several collaborative platforms which I find useful-be aware that some of them are free, others are for a cost. There is also a combination between these two options – so, when browsing-consider carefully.

BackPack: Helps you to keep your documents, discussions and schedules in one place all the time. It is a simple web-based service that allows you to make pages with to-do lists, notes, files, and images. Backpack also features a calendar and reminders that can be sent via email or to your cell phone at predefined times.

Basecamp: One of the leading web-based project collaboration tools, Β providing tailored applications to improve the communication between people working together on a project. Set up in 2004, it attracts today businesses, non-profit organisations and entrepreneurs worldwide.

Gliffy is an online diagram software where you can easily create professional-quality flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans, technical drawings, and more. Collaboration enables others to see and edit your work by simply entering their email address. Publishing creates a read-only, or public, image of your diagram that you can easily embed in a wiki, blog, or other type of web software.

Mindomo helps to organise your ideas and work, to manage tasks and priorities, to plan and track projects, to define goals and objectives, to teach and learn visually. It is a highly productive method of visual brainstorming that you can use to plan projects or to map out a knowledge base.

Notecentric a web based note taking application. It keeps your notes organized and readily available online. You can also easily share it with others – account holders can easily invite friends to join in on certain notes for simple reading or collaboration purposes.. Your notes are always in one place, so you don’t have to worry about synchronizing them. Β NoteCentric also has RSS abilities, so sharing and reading through feed readers is possible.

NoteMesh is a free service that allows college students in the same classes to share notes with each other. It works by creating a wiki for individual classes that users can edit. Users are free to post their own lecture notes or contribute to existing lecture notes. The idea is that users in the same class can collaboratively create a definitive source for lecture notes. To learn more, take the tour.

Open Text: This is a fully integrated suite of applications designed to enhance communication, collaboration, and knowledge sharing. Β It includes components such as email and instant messaging, calendaring, contacts, personal web publishing, online workspaces, file storage, and more – all fully customizable and accessible from a single desktop .

Vyew is an online meeting service that brings people and content together. There is a free version, limited to certain number of users and pages.

WebOffice creates a virtual office environment for real-time meetings, and with the purchase of additional audio and video components, creates an experience that’s almost like being there.

Read the blog also at the Young Cultural Policy Researchers Forum on LabforCulture.

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