question about collaborative sites for field methods classes

Xavier Barker meibitobure.gaunibwe at GMAIL.COM
Thu Dec 2 00:17:12 UTC 2010

If Wave is developed alongside Shindig and silverlight, all the better.  OpenSocial API Wave in a Box with a WEb 2 client will still be useful for this application.

On 02/12/2010, at 11:00 AM, Claire Bowern wrote:

> I'd also heard that Wave wasn't being further developed. I tried it
> briefly when it first came out and didn't like it much; I found it
> very unintuitive and fussy, but maybe I just didn't give it long
> enough.
> Thanks for reminding me about downthemall Jeremy, though I'm not sure
> it'll work here (I tried it on items where the links are created
> through javascripts and it didn't work).
> Claire
> On Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 6:45 PM, Peter Austin <pa2 at> wrote:
>> 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
>> web:

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