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Projects: Features

Updates & Microblogging

 

The main project page, much like Facebook Wall or Twitter feed, provides a stream of project updates from all team members, with the ability to comment on certain activities.

From the news feed you will learn:

  • when a new person joins your project
  • when a team member shares an update or posts a comment
  • when a new to-do item is posted or checked off
  • when someone adds/edits project notes
  • when a new file is uploaded or updated

Planned features include:

  • Filter updates by category or person
  • Ability to hide/show groups of postings with configurable settings for each user
  • Embed links to project files

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To-do Lists

 

Projects include a sleek To-Do tool that lets you keep track of your day-to-day project agenda. Project members can add and edit to-do items, assign them to each other, specify the due date, add comments and check items off. There is also an ability to create multiple (up to 10) to-do lists.

Planned features include:

  • Alternative, more conservative, layout and styling which can be set as a personal preference for each participating member.
  • Ability to mark items as milestones
  • Calendar integration & time tracking

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Project Notes

 

Project Notes is the wiki area for your project, where you can record extended comments, sketch ideas, elaborate on the development agenda or otherwise use this free-form writing space to facilitate collaboration and get your project going. You can add multiple pages and subpages, create wiki templates, embed project images and files, and use other popular wiki features available across the site.

Planned features include:

  • Ability to attach selected notes to project publications as supporting wiki material or primary content
  • Easier reorganization of wiki pages

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Project Team

 

A project can be created by an individual user or a group. Whichever is the case, project managers can extend their team by adding other users and groups they belong to. They can also invite external collaborators via email. The team management interface allows to assign manager/collaborator roles to team members. The two roles differ in their level of project control, with collaborators having limited project management authority.

Planned features include:

  • extending project team roles to include a read-only (reviewer) role

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File Management

 

Each project comes with a Git repository to store your files and data. With this comes a built-in web file browser, which reads the repository and allows to do multiple-file uploads, delete, rename and move files around, compile LaTeX files into PDF, as well as view file history, diff revisions and download all previous versions. In addition, we are now working on a solution for you to use the full power of Git for advanced file management through direct Git commands.

Publishing*

*in the works

 

Projects integrate a publishing engine to get your project materials delivered to the world in the form of web publications. Each released publication receives a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) to let others cite your work. Public can leave reviews, file support tickets and add ideas to the wish list on each publication. Down the road Projects will let you publish not only selected project files or apps, but also resource collections, wiki materials and links to external websites.

App Development*

*in the works

 

Projects geared towards app development get a special area to register, manage, test and publish your applications. Each registered app gets it own Git repository for the code, which you can browse through the project file browser.

Activity Stats*

*in the works

 

Projects keep track of the various activities performed by their members. With the activity stats tool you'll be able to find out, for example, who in your team has made most comments or checked off most to-do items, with more elaborate statistics available for project managers. Stats are fun to watch, but they can also be used for evaluations, e.g. in class projects led by a professor.

Other Add-Ons*

*in the works

 

We are looking into ways to integrate popular public apps for collaboration into projects. GDrive connection for Project Files is already available for all or selected projects. We are also looking at integration with Dropbox and FlyLatex for file sync and writing .tex files. Share your ideas with us! Recommend other tools and features that will help make Projects more valuable to your community.

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