question about collaborative sites for field methods classes

Peter Austin pa2 at SOAS.AC.UK
Wed Dec 1 23:45:00 UTC 2010

I would be very cautious about investing in this particular technology
-- on 4th August 2010, Google announced the suspension of stand-alone
Wave development and the intent to abandon the project at the end of
2010. It has been handed over to Apache Software Foundation who plan
to develop a server version. I don't think I'd be putting my eggs in
this particular basket.

Peter Austin

On 2 December 2010 00:28, Xavier Barker <meibitobure.gaunibwe at> wrote:
> I think this is the real advantage of Google Wave.  You can have as many users as you like depositing files and editing whatever is there.  It gives you the functions of google docs, google talk, gmail, wikis all together, all in  real-time. Recommend trying it for any collaborative work.
> On 02/12/2010, at 9:02 AM, Steven Bird wrote:
>> I've been using Google Docs with students in Papua New Guinea:
>> spreadsheets for their recording logbooks and text documents for their
>> (orthographic) transcriptions.  It has avoided a serious file
>> management problem.  For students new to google docs I could email and
>> invitation to edit a document, and they just had to click the link in
>> their email.  There was an issue when Google banned us for 24 hours
>> when we had 30 students sign up for google accounts simultaneously, so
>> I recommend that class members sign up for google accounts ahead of
>> time just to spread it out.
>> -Steven
>> On 2 December 2010 01:04, Claire Bowern <clairebowern at> wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>> I was wondering if anyone's tried using Zoho, Google Docs, or other
>>> collaborative CRM or database sites for field methods classes. Last
>>> time I taught field methods we used my uni's implementation of Sakai
>>> for collaborative work, which was ok, but also had a lot of drawbacks
>>> (e.g. it's impossible to bulk download the wiki pages, they have to be
>>> done one page at a time). I've also tried putting all the files on a
>>> shared drive and that has worked most smoothly in terms of file
>>> sharing, but it doesn't allow me to enforce consistency in
>>> transcription and it makes it harder for people to work on the same
>>> files at the same time.
>>> Claire

Prof Peter K. Austin
Marit Rausing Chair in Field Linguistics
Department of Linguistics, SOAS
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG
United Kingdom


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