This week marked my first working for the Open Knowledge Foundation #okfn (a previous post explains my current job situation). I’m only doing 2 days a week for now but will build it up as time moves on.
OKF (or OKFN, where the N stands for Network) is a global network with staff all around the world and much of their work is also done through volunteers. There isn’t any official central office, though there are clusters of staff in London and Berlin. Anyway all of this makes for an impressive virtual organisation that uses a huge number of remote working technologies.
In my first few days I’ve been introduced to:
- Webex – http://www.webex.com – Cisco webinar software
- Xero – http://www.xero.com – online accounting software for pay and expenses
- Toggl – https://www.toggl.com/ – time keeping software
- Trello – https://trello.com – for project collaboration and management
- Campfire – http://campfirenow.com – group chat
- Grove – https://grove.io – for group chat
- High Rise – http://highrisehq.com – for contacts management
- Gravatar – https://en.gravatar.com – for managing avatars
They also use a number of tools that I am already familiar with:
- Google docs – for document collaboration
- Gmail – http://gmail.com – for email
- Google hangouts – http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/hangouts/ – for small group meetings
- Google Drive – https://drive.google.com – for document organisation and storage
- Google Calendar – https://www.google.com/calendar/ – for scheduling
- Dropbox – http://dropbox.com – for document transfer and storage
- WordPress – http://wordpress.com – for web site and blogging
- YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOKFN – for videos
- Various discussion lists
I’m sure there is lots more too…
So my plan is to work through the list and write a couple of blog posts on the most useful tools. Watch this space!