I'm currently designing the conceptual spec of a new feature for my time planning and time logging software application - collaborative authoring and editing of a common time project.
I'm interest in any real world 'Wants and Needs' people may have for this type of application.
Here's a couple of examples to give you an idea of how the feature could work.
Project manager of a large construction project maybe a hospital wing.
As the overall project manager you will have a number of timing plans (MS Project format) for each sub contractor, groundwork, builders, plumbers, electrical etc.
These separate plans are imported into a common file. This allows the whole project to be summarise with a simple hi level summary, maybe all milestones and critical path. The individual plans can also be viewed in detailed in individual Views.
As a Historian I want to make a timeline of the major events in the second world war.
This topic is too big for one author so I want to break the topic into a number of chunks, War in Europe, War in Far East, War in Middle East, Nautical war etc.
Each author researches and creates a timeline of their subject. These are then imported into a common file, and can again be summarised in one View with drill down detail for the individual sectors.
Any thoughts and ideas on this style of collaborative authoring?