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Communication Infrastructure for Creatives

Page history last edited by Michael J 12 years, 11 months ago

There are a number of tools we are using to see how they might fit into the evolving Communication Ecology of creative work process

 

PBwiki.com

One research experiment is the use of wiki's to contextualize creative conversation. We are using this tool as a central part of all our work.

Thus far, (the experiment is only about 3 months old), it has greatly reduced the need for meeting time, while maintaining the quality of the work, and allowing access to information as needed. Here's the link to . It's one of a number of wiki services out there.

The primary advantage of pbwiki is the ease of use and the flexibility. It seems optimal to organize the assets of an ill defined project - great for the brainstorming stage. But is best used, so far by one person as a tool for organizing thoughts and making links to web resources. We haven't yet tried it for the collaborative approach of wikipedia or other wiki applications.

 

yousendit.com

Another tool we are exploring is yousendit.com. They are one of a number of web services that allow the inexpensive transfer and storage (for 14 days) of almost any size file. This has been a "rule changer" in distributed work processes.

It has been instrumental in the Good News Project and the collaboration with Chelsea High School. The service is also central to our exploration of an online system for printing documents at the University's mailroom/print center. So far,(Nov 11), the results have been very promising.

You Send It is also a "Doing Well, by Doing Good" sponsor of the Pub Center and the Good News Project.

 

basecamphq.com

We've also used basecamp.com - on online project management tool. It has been very useful as projects become more formal and a little less experimental. It has also proved invaluable for collaborative document writing and brainstorming. The link is here. The folks who designed Basecamp, also managed a blog that is pretty interesting. It's called Signal vs Noise. Here's the link

 

surveymonkey.com

Recently we've started playing with surveymonkey.com. It seems to have a lot of promise in immediate feedback on the cultural process usually hidden within team processes.

 

In addition, we are following very closely the Google evolution. Gmail, by organizing messages in conversations and having a search function shows great promise as a way to fix the "too many emails problem."

 

Just started using Gmail docs and spreadsheets. The big time saver here, is that it's possible to keep budgets, documents, and other process related, but not yet in a defined project enivronment accessible from any computer as the resources are all on the web. My initial impression as of today, are that it's also great for keeping one person assets. The big downside as a collaborative tool is that the links require a google account. It seems that some people set up Google accounts, and then forget their password. As far as I can tell so far, there is no "forgot your password" button.

 

The workaround is to print the stored documents as PDF's if you are on a Mac and send to whoever needs to see them. Not too bad. Don't know what you do on a PC.

 

justuse.it

Haven't explored it yet. But it looks like a really smart site, with different tools for different purposes. It's organized by Mac, Windows, Web and gives some recommendations. More to follow soon.

 

printwiki

 

I haven't had a chance to check this out yet. But it looks promising.

 

Another model for collab software. Looks like an old buisness model..

But will check out at some point.

courseforum

 

Some blogs about print and communication related stuff.

printmode

bizucate

printceoblog

 

Acrobat

The new features of Acrobat 8 - allowing unlocking of Reader for signatures and local desktop form saving, as well as the yet to be explored Adobe Connect functionality to enable live web conferencing for $35/month from anywhere seems very intersting.

Using PDF to assemble assets and get them web ready is quick and easy.

As the tools being invented by our colleagues in the Digital Technology side of the Department, move through beta and become ready to scale, we look forward to seeing how we can use Open Source technology to solve real world problems, within time frames that can make a difference.

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