Collaborative Writing and Sharing Documents

In selecting collaborative writing tools, you might consider if you would like to:

  • Organize/track multiple versions
  • Track individual contributions
  • Back up documents
  • Protect private information

There are a range of tools available that aren't part of the U of M infrastructure that have free and paid versions such as Gingko, Authorea and Draft. However, these items are part of the U of M system and are free:
  • Google Drive
  • Create documents, spreadsheets, forms, presentations and drawings alone or together. Those outside the U community may be invited to view or edit.
  • UMWiki
  • Wikis are collaborative websites where multiple people can contribute content. UMWikis can be open to all or restricted to a group, and those outside the U with a guest ID may be given editing privileges. To learn more: See the UMWiki help page. Take the course: Wikis: Collaborative Content Development or consult the course handouts.