Document/collaboration server advise needed
galtsev at kicp.uchicago.edu
Mon Jan 22 21:21:36 UTC 2018
Three groups of scientists need to write documents collaboratively. They
are going to use MS PowerPoint, Word, also store PDF files. They want to
be able to add external people from other groups they collaborate with
and give them access to some areas or "projects". In other words, they
want some collaborative work environment, mostly to work on documents.
In the past scientists were using TeX, and one of version control
systems (CVS, subversion,...). And all was great, as TeX files (pretty
much like programs software developers write) are ASCII text files, and
diff of two version is rather small...
Unlike the past scientists I work for plan to use MS PowerPoint, Word,
also store PDF files. All these are effectively binary files for version
control systems, then versions will not be stored as a small diff, but
each version ends up being the whole document.
One obvious solution may be: just buy office365.com service, or set up
MS server on our own machine. And these are the two things I am trying
Could someone recommend open source software? Some collaborative suite
focused mostly on working on documents, with web based interface.
I run owncloud server for my Department, and one in general can use
that, but I hope to find something more focused towards collaborative work.
Thanks a lot for your advises and pointers.
Sr System Administrator
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics
University of Chicago
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