CPD23 2012 Thing 13 – Google Docs, Wikis and Dropbox

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I’ve had a long break from CPD23 for various reasons including annual leave and too much sunshine to want to be indoors blogging! Time to start catching up with an update on thing 13 which I half heartedly looked at in 2011 (see previous post).

Google Drive

I use some bits of Google, I have a Gmail account and two Google Reader accounts but I’ve still not found a use for the documents function of Google.  At work we have a document management system which enables me to share documents with colleagues, use of this is compulsory so I have no use for Google Docs there.

However I’ve recently become secretary of the Scottish Law Librarians Group (SLLG) and I’m wondering if perhaps I should investigate using Google Docs for SLLG documents. At the moment any documents I create are saved into my personal folders on work’s DMS, this means to work on them at home I need to log in to work remotely through Citrix which I hate doing as I inevitably start reading work emails ….  The other obvious benefit of Google Docs is ease of sharing with the others on the SLLG committee and giving access to documents to whoever follows on from me as secretary.  I have minutes to write later today so will investigate further then.

DropBox

As I can’t access DropBox at work and neither can many of my fellow SLLG committee members I won’t be able to use it for committee work. I’m content to know the technology exists and I can use it if my circumstances change.

Wikis

The SLLG committee has been using the basic version of PBWorks wiki for some time. We use it to store documents and to enable us to all post our opinions on certain topics in one place when we can’t meet in person.  It’s an easy to use platform which works very successfully for us.