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Subject: To discuss at UBL teleconference: Google docs for UBL Issues list

Hi folks,

I've had a lot of success lately with Google spreadsheets.  Is this a 
candidate technology to use for a live-and-up-to-the-minute issues 
list for UBL 2.1?

I've taken Peter's work posted in March:


... and made it a publicly-viewable spreadsheet:


   (For readers of the archive, the above link will disappear after
    the committee has had time to review and discuss this proposal;
    if the concept is accepted, check the committee home page for a
    link to the actual UBL 2.1 issues list)

The permission to modify this spreadsheet can be selectively given to 
any UBL member so as not to allow the general public to modify the 
sheets.  Maintaining the list in this fashion will allow many UBL 
members to modify those rows of their responsibility and give the 
committee a picture of the status in real time without the need for 
any document distribution.

Note that we could do things like add a first-page dashboard with 
counts of submitted issues, resolved issues, problem areas and such 
so as to give a picture of our progress at all times.

In my work with customers around the world I've created tasks lists 
and real-time status reports in a Google spreadsheet so as to track 
even hour-by-hour developments on projects that I'm working on 
remotely from my office.  Customers can add issues, and I can change 
an issue's status at any time of the day.

Even within Crane we've created very simple spreadsheets solely 
because we can simultaneously update content in real time and not 
have to worry about read/write permissions on files on a shared file system.

Snapshots can be saved at any time and posted to the TC list for 
archive purposes.

Is this a candidate technology to use for the UBL 2.1 development schedule?

Let's discuss this during the calls as it would be rather verbose to 
do it over email.

. . . . . . . . . . . Ken

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