[open-science] Distributed collaboration anybody?

Prechelt, Lutz prechelt at inf.fu-berlin.de
Fri Nov 15 18:45:53 UTC 2019

Hi Danbee,

Github is for asynchronous collaboration: Some time between what you see and do and what your collaborator sees and does.
Saros is for synchronous: We are both looking at the same document RIGHT NOW and you see my change immediately (as with Google Docs, but for masses of text files that live locally on your own machine and can be processed by development tools anytime).
Have a look at the animated GIF on this page:
The left and right part show the Eclipse IDE on two different machines (that could be on different continents).
That's yet another dimension beyond what GitHub does for you, if you need it.


From: danbee <danbee.t.kim at protonmail.com>
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Subject: Re: [open-science] Distributed collaboration anybody?

Hi Lutz,

Looks like a super cool project! Just wondering, what does Saros do that Github (https://github.com/) doesn't? I've found Github to be incredibly useful for collaborations involving almost any file type, including text, images, and binary files. It also has excellent version control and automatically tracks contributions from different collaborators. Until Github's recent contract with the US law enforcement agency ICE, I've had no complaints about Github as a tool and community that supports distributed collaboration.

Excited to learn more about Saros! Thanks for sharing.


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On Friday, 15 November 2019 16:11, Prechelt, Lutz <prechelt at inf.fu-berlin.de<mailto:prechelt at inf.fu-berlin.de>> wrote:

Hi everbody,

do you collaborate with other researchers who do not work in the same building?
Does that involve text files (such as program code or data)?
Would it sometimes be helpful to work with them on such files synchronously and Google Docs is not suitable?

Then please talk to me!
We are building a tool called Saros for distributed pair programming since 2006. It is used by many software developers around the world. We are now looking specifically for research users, whether they are doing software development or other tasks.


Even if you are only 7% interested, please speak up, we want to understand your needs!


Prof. Dr. Lutz Prechelt; prechelt at inf.fu-berlin.de<mailto:prechelt at inf.fu-berlin.de>

Institut f. Informatik; Freie Universität Berlin

Takustr. 9, R.014; 14195 Berlin; Germany

+49 30 838 75115; http://www.inf.fu-berlin.de/w/SE/

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