[Air-L] secure team collaboration software?
Charles M. Ess
c.m.ess at media.uio.no
Tue Feb 20 04:48:48 PST 2018
(At the risk of taxing the patience of the list ...)
While I've sent an inquiry along these lines to a few colleagues with
superb expertise in these matters, I thought it might not hurt to also
interrogate the wisdom and experience of this particular crowd.
One of our thoughts / hopes for the ethics working group is to make use
of something like a secure wiki or hypertext / collaborative
environment. The idea is to have one or two introductory / summary /
overview documents that can then link to modules - overview articles on
more specific topics, resource lists, case studies, etc.
In the first stage, this needs to be (relatively) secure ("secure" being
relative these days) - i.e., with access for the Working Group members
who are working on various components. At a second stage, however, the
thought is to make it available to the AoIR research community for
further refinement, contribution, etc. Ideally, finally, a relatively
polished version would then be made available to more or less anyone
"out there" looking for resources in internet research ethics.
A first thought, of course, is a wiki or wikipedia-like service. But
some of you may recall that a very nice wiki established by the earlier
ethics working group was hacked and much good work was lost, most
unfortunately. So we're looking for a working space at least
comparatively less liable to such attacks.
Many of us have tinkered with collaboration via Google docs, Slack, and
others. But I also know of more than one university, at least in this
part of the world, that is insisting on such collaborations taking place
within university-based installations of Microsoft Teams, for example.
More secure, yes - but not as hyper-texty as we would like, so far as I
can tell - and not sure how it would work to invite others outside the
I could easily be missing something, and if so, please don't hesitate to
let me know. And/or: any further suggestions for a really secure
collaborative environment, with rich hypermedia functionalities, and the
flexibility to move through at least the first two stages of
collaboration, i.e., within the Ethics Working Group and then the AoIR
community at large?
A thousand thanks in advance,
- charles ess
Professor in Media Studies
Department of Media and Communication
University of Oslo
c.m.ess at media.uio.no
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