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Collaborative tools

The tools listed on this page have been carefully selected as suitable for USQ researchers.  If you are working with identifiable human data, please see the eResearch Analyst

File storage and sharing

eSpaces (beta) - a web-based collaboration platform open to all Australian researchers supported by the Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF) . It can be used as a website for your research project, or as a private collaboration space for your research team.

Cloudstor – secure file transfer and storage application. Individual researchers at AARNet-connected institutions receive up to 100GB of storage free of charge. You can securely share with other Cloudstor users, or send a URL so that others can access your file.

UDrive – All USQ students have UDrive powered by Google Drive. You can use it to store all file types, including documents, presentations, music, photos, and videos. UDrive automatically keeps everything up to date, so you can make edits and access the latest version from anywhere.

Organising literature & referencing

EndNote Desktop – All USQ staff and students can download and install EndNote via the USQ Library. The "Share Library" feature allows full sharing (including editing) of an EndNote library including files and research notes.

Endnote Web – Online version of the EndNote software, stores references online and allows sharing of references with other people. Highly recommended for current EndNote users. USQ students and staff should install EndNote Desktop via USQ Library to get your free Web account.

Zotero - A free Web-based tool to collect, organise, cite, and share research sources. You can add PDFs, images, audio and video files, snapshots of web pages, etc. You must use Firefox web browser and it requires the Zotero plugin be installed.

Finding, organising, and saving notes and info

Delicious – social bookmarking and tagging of web content. It is free to use with advertising.

Diigo – bookmark, annotate and archive web content. Diigo also allows social bookmarking and tagging. Create a group for your team and share information. It is free to use with advertising.

Evernote – take screenshots of the web, take notes, photos, chat, and track tasks. Free for a Basic account, which allows users to upload up to 60MB per month. Evernote can integrate with a wide range of other web apps and platforms.

Writing, publishing, and sharing

Google docs – Write, edit, and collaborate in real time. All USQ students have access via UDrive powered by Google Drive, with extra storage. There are a variety of sharing and privacy options.

Prezi – ‘Dynamic’ presentation software with free advanced features for educators. The online community is helpful and there are millions of presentations and templates available to view, copy, edit and share. Counts ‘views’, and ‘downloads’ of your presentations.

Slideshare – a platform where you can find, share, and keep presentation slides. Slideshare is owned by LinkedIn, so your presentations can be embedded in your LinkedIn profile easily. Get analytics on presentation ‘views’, ‘shares’ and ‘downloads’, etc.

Wikis - a wiki is simply a website which allows modification of its content and structure by one or more people.  One wiki can be accessible to all, or only a few.  There are numerous wiki engines (the software that runs a wiki), but you might find this comparison useful. 

Collaborating and communicating

Zoom.us – USQ supported video conferencing and web conferencing system. Really easy to use compared to other similar tools, it is perfect for virtual meetings and chatting. You can share and annotate your screen in meetings.