If ever a topic were complex, it is the evolution of document collaboration. The complexity emanates from the evolution of the document itself. In fact, today, when people talk of document management an initial grounding question should be “define document. " Content is perhaps a better word nowadays. Isn’t a web page a document? An email, tweet, instant message, digitzed video, image file, mashup of several content sources ? Today when one speaks of a “document” the possibilities are limitless.
Now compound that with the fact that while the boundaries of the media that define our documents have expanded, so too have the abilities to collaborate around a document. Document collaboration can occur in many different scenarios: content-to-content, content-to-device/application, and content-to-community/people scenario. All are possible, and each is experiencing significant evolution and opportunity. Each of these is not mutually exclusive, adding to the complexity of document collaboration, as well as the potential capabilities.
We are in an age where our content can be both the impetus and bedrock of heighthened collaboration and knowledge exchange. How? Read on.
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