Hi Pavi,I think we got wrapped up in a couple of discussions and totally missed what you were asking us to do and how much a response or lack of response could affect us all. It is also worth noting that the Write Board is very easy to use.
Mike----- Original Message ----- From: "Pavi Mehta" <pavim@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Wednesday, September 10, 2008 3:02 PM Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Collaborative Editing System
Hi All,Recently I've been thinking a lot about how we can tap into the collective expertise of this community in a more systematic way -- particularly as we work on improving and adding to the current Scanning & Validation Manual. I thought it would be interesting to pilot a collaborative editing effort with those interested to see what we could come up with.Serendipitously, Dianna Messina, whom many of you know took the initiative to draft a Validation Checklist (thank you Dianna!)- a document that can eventually be used by volunteers for quick reference before they make a submission.I thought it would be fun to open it up now to interested volunteers to add their comments and edits before Bookshare finalizes it. I've posted the document online on a site called Writeboard which provides a platform for collaborative editing online. It saves separate versions of the document with each successive set of edits, making it easier to sort through than wading through the discussion list.Those interested in taking a look, and participating in this "pilot project" can open the document by clicking on the following link and entering the password: globalreplaceEdits can be made directly in the document.If you have comments please add them in at the end of the document along with your name. You are given the choice to either save your edits as a new version, or if they are minor edits you can save them in the existing version, you can also choose to cancel.Remember to logout when you are done.It's not the perfect collaboration tool on some counts but it seemed to be one of the more accessible ones available. (I ran it by our support team who took a quick look and thought it could work). If it does work then we can plan on wrapping up other sections of the manual in this fashion. If it turns out to be non-accessible and more of a hassle than a help I will definitely look for a different system. Either way I am excited to see what emerges!As usual feel free to let me know if you have any questions. All good things, Pavi Mehta Volunteer Coordinator, Bookshare Benetech 480 S. California Ave., Suite 201 Palo Alto, CA 94306-1609 USA Phone: +1 650 644-3459 pavim@xxxxxxxxxxxx www.benetech.org The Benetech Initiative - Technology Serving Humanity A Nonprofit Organization To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxxput the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.
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