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Open Source Technology Tools for Supporting Research & Scholarship : 

Open Source Technology Tools for Supporting Research & Scholarship By Jeffrey Morrison

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Create basic documents from scratch or start from a templateYou can easily do all the basics, including making bulleted lists, sorting by columns, adding tables, images, comments, formulas, changing fonts and more. And it's free. Upload your existing files.Google Docs accepts most popular file formats, including DOC, XLS, ODT, ODS, RTF, CSV, PPT, etc. So go ahead and upload your existing files. Choose who can access your documents.Just enter the email addresses of the people with whom you want to share a given document and send them an invitation. Share instantly.Anyone you've invited to either edit or view your document, spreadsheet or presentation can access it as soon as they sign in. Edit and present with others in real time. Multiple people can view and make changes at the same time. There's an on-screen chat window for spreadsheets, and document revisions show you exactly who changed what, and when. Viewing a presentation together is a breeze, as anyone joined in a presentation can automatically follow along with the presenter.

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Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic.Some handy uses of Google Alerts include: monitoring a developing news story keeping current on a competitor or industry getting the latest on a celebrity or event keeping tabs on your favorite sports teams Create an alert with the form on the right. All your stuff in one place. Get to your bookmarks from any computer, anytime, anywhere Your bookmarks will organize themselves. Tag your bookmarks. Collections will naturally emerge. Dish out your bookmarks to friends. And see what others are sharing with you. The best sites bubble up. See the most popular bookmarks for any tag Benefit readers who want to subscribe to timely updates from favored websites or to aggregate feeds from many sites into one place. RSS feeds can be read using software called an "RSS reader", "feed reader", or "aggregator”, which can be web-based or desktop-based. RSS Reader

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Simplify your reading experienceGoogle Reader shows you all of your favorite sites in one convenient place. It's like a personalized inbox for the entire web. Discover new contentMillions of sites publish feeds with their latest updates, and our integrated feed search makes it easy to find new content that interests you. Keep track of your favorite websites Stay up to dateGoogle Reader constantly checks your favorite news sites and blogs for new content. Whether a site updates daily or monthly, you can be sure that you won't miss a thing

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iGoogle is a start page tool where you can aggregate all the Google resources you use on your online desktop, eg Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Read & Google Alerts.

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Writeboard makes it easy to... Write without fear of losing or overwriting a good ideaCompare different versions of a document Collaborate with colleagues on copy, proposals, memos, etc.Subscribe to documents via RSS and be notified of changes Writeboard is perfect for... Authors, journalists, PR foks, editors, and publishersBloggers or freelance/independent writersLetter writers, songwriters, poets, comedians, creativesStudents, professors, and groups collaborating on a paper Share your PowerPoint presentations on iPods, iPhones and YouTube or download them as video! authorSTREAM lets you embed presentations in your blog or website, or you can share them on iPods and even on Youtube. You can also download them in the industry standard MP4 format. The presentations remain the way you created them, with animation, slide timings and even audio narration.

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A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or phone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too. You can even be embedded on web sites and exported to MP3 players or DVDs as archival movies. With VoiceThread, group conversations are collected and shared in one place from anywhere in the world. All with no software to install. Dimdim’s founders realized that their frustrations with other web meeting software presented them with a compelling market opportunity. Here was a chance to make the world a smaller place - by creating a simple, free service that lets everyone everywhere to communicate using rich media in real time. And not only would Dimdim be easy to use, it would also be free so web meetings could be democratized and made available to everyone.

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