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Collaboration, Consensus, Customers and Other Items of Interest.

Taking care of business: collaborating effectively in your online community

In our joint webinar with Online Community Results, we discussed the landscape of collaboration tools and technologies available to online communities. We made the distinction between communities where the main purpose is social engagement versus communities where the main purpose is getting work done. The two functions can overlap, but tend to follow different processes and have different objectives.

Social versus collaboration

Social versus Project types of applications

One of the trends we noted was the proliferation of task-specific apps and how fragmented the field is becoming. The slide in this article shows how some of the players align when you chart them on the project-versus-social scale. People have lots of options when trying to find effective ways to work together. One of the challenges of so many choices is that information tends to scatter. We made the argument that mature teams benefit from a system of record.

If you missed the webinar, we’ll be running a shorter version of it again in the coming weeks. Watch our Webinars page for details. Or let us know if you want a quick summary and demo yourself. We’d love to talk with you.

Guess who’s “influential”?

We are! That’s according to this article in the Technology Association of Oregon’s newsletter. This Member Spotlight focuses on Kavi’s support of standards-setting organizations. We’re thrilled to be highlighted here. But, it’s really our customers who are influential. They are developing and managing standards that affect nearly every aspect of modern life. Standards for medical devices, lab standards, consumer electronics, smart grid, library sciences, public safety, electrical devices, motion picture technology, air transport, bar codes, and many, many other areas are actively managed in Kavi Workspace. So, kudos to our influential customers!

Get ready to Jot!

jots_white_bgDid you ever wish you and your co-authors could work on text together at the same time, each from their own location? Soon you’ll be able to, with Jots, a real-time document collaboration feature we’re adding to Kavi Workspace. Jots will be available for our Workspace 6 customers in early April.

Easy to Use
Focus on content. Each author is assigned a different color. Edits happen in real-time. Basic text formatting controls are included.

Secure Collaboration
Jots are secure documents, protected by the same sharing, visibility and management settings that control other documents.

Import and Export
Import content from Word, PDF and text files, and save finished text in the popular file formats.

Integrated into Workspace
Jots are seamlessly integrated into the document repositories in Workspace.

Stay tuned for details, or contact us if you want more information

Do Working Groups have “Collective Intelligence”?

collective intelligenceIn today’s knowledge work environment, a group of people (not fish) makes almost every decision of consequence. It’s a given that effective collaboration tools are fundamental for group success. Case in point: research recently conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Collective Intelligence examines the idea that “collective intelligence” is not based on the individual smarts of each team member but rather the ability of the group to work together. read more…

Aiding Strategic Decision-Making with Collaboration Technology

Collaboration has become as common today as social media, and a diverse ecosystem of software solutions purport to deliver collaboration benefits. A recent article written by Dion Hinchcliffe, Chief Strategy Officer with Adjuvi, examines innovations and techniques in utilizing collaboration tools.

Hinchcliffe posits that, “Collaborative leaders must determine how to a) cope better at a technology and management level with digital channel fragmentation, b) bring better collaborative skills to workers, and c) figure out how to unify the streams of data that are coming out of our portfolios of collaboration tools so that strategic decision making is accelerated by better flows of knowledge and not hampered by digital silos.” read more…

Crime Scene Investigation: Kavi Workspace Facilitates Advances in Standardization of Forensic Sciences

Hall of Standards

Hall of Standards at the NIST campus

Since 1987 when DNA was first used to convict a felon in the court of law, Americans have been riveted by the idea that science can solve crimes. And, according to the National Institute of Justice, crime scene investigation has grown exponentially since the dawn of forensic science: in 2009 (the latest year data is available) U.S. crime laboratories received 4.1 million requests for forensic services, compared to just 2.7 million requests in 2005. read more…

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