BCHM 5784: Collaborative Project Tools

Course Guide for BCHM 5784: Advanced Applications in Molecular Life Sciences

Collaborative Project Tools


Doodle (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. is a calendaring tool to help you schedule in-person and virtual meetings.  It can also act as a sort of virtual day planner, allowing you to schedule your day with chunks set aside for work, rest, and play! 

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Google Drive

Google Drive (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. will allow you to collaboratively create all sorts of documents, including word processing documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and forms.  You can control sharing options for each specific folder in your Drive account.

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Open Science Framework

The Open Science Framework (or OSF) (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. combines a variety of options one environment for managing individual or collaborative projects. You can have multiple projects and invite collaobrators into parts or all of any one project or several. Each project can be private or public (and that setting can be changed as needed). Each project has a discussion wiki (a collaborative website with WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editing, the option to create 'components' - piecs of projects where you can write text, add files, etc.; the option to add files to the project as a whole, and several options to integrate tools such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Figshare, and GitHub.

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Overleaf (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. is an online platform providing real-time collaborative writing, editing, and publishing tools that includes templates for many journal publishers and that can integrate with some citation manager tools, such as Mendeley. It provides LaTeX and Rich Text collaborative writing and publishing to make the whole process of writing, editing, and publishing scientific documents much quicker and easier. 

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Zoho (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. is often compared to Google collaborative products, but is slightly different.  Zoho, for example, includes a project management/task tracker feature, and has a very different look.  

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