What is a good collaborative application/portal, preferably free or cheap?
I volunteer for a not-for-profit organization called the Cystinosis Research Network. Volunteers work from their homes and are scattered across the country. We are desperate for a way to store our files, such as a databse, in a location everyone can access and update. Any help would be appreciated. We don't have a lot of money to spend.
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Google Docs maybe??? Its free just not the most flexible
There are hosted solutions for Microsoft Sharepoint.
This is a relatively cheap solution but is very powerful.
Key Functions of SharePoint
Unified access to information provides team members with an integrated portal that improves collaboration and decision-making capabilities.
Instant notification via subscribed alerts automatically notifies users of page and document changes.
Personalized content and layout capabilities in the portal (within boundaries set by IT) maximize convenience and empower users with flexibility.
Personal and public views of documents, information, and applications increase usability.
Aggregate, organize, and provision SharePoint sites to collaborate with coworkers, customers, and partners.
Standardize use of templates to provision best-practice SharePoint sites.
Integration with standard Microsoft Office applications simplifies site and document editing.
Using familiar document collaboration tools, version control eliminates e-mail problems.
Advanced Features Include:
Integrate information from multiple applications and databases, including third party and industry-specific systems.
Download Web Parts from Microsoft or develop your own using Microsoft Visual Studio®.NET and FrontPage®.
Employ Web Parts reusable components to fashion the functionality of your Web site without the need for coding.
Deliver content, applications, and Web services based on user role, hierarchy, e-mail distribution lists, or other criteria.
- John KLv 61 decade ago
Joomla is considered the big daddy of portals. It's also free. Have a look at http://at3host.com under free software/Ccontent management. There are several portals listed there and all can be run from that host for nothing. I actually run the site, but before people shoot me down, I'm happy to help you install the script and get you started. If all works out, you can move it anywhere, to a paid server or not.
- Anonymous6 years ago
The perfect solution for you is a free SharePoint site with http://www.cloudappsportal.com. SharePoint is one of the best collaboration tool in the market today.