When taking a closer look at the history of a concept or development a timeline comes in handy to structure events and dates. I know several timeline tools online, but for just taking notes I needed a lighter solution.
Finally with the help of DuckDuckGo and StackOverflow I found a way to take down the dates with LaTeX1. The chronosys package provides a simple but good looking solution as you can see in this small example.
In the debate on Open Educational Resources (OER) several questions dominate. For instance:
Who generates the content? Who pays for it? Who cares for quality assurance? Besides these there are certainly a lot more questions to answer. But while reading about book sprints I had the idea of producing OER in a short time with more than one participants. Publishing the final product of a book sprint in an open manner is an essential part of the whole concept, so to me the idea is not revolutionary at all.
GoogleDocs seems to be the place when it comes to collaborating on documents. But there are alternatives. Since Owncloud 6 the personal cloud solution comes with an implementation of the WebODF standard and makes it possible to work together on a document. And of course there is Etherpad and Etherpad Lite. Both are great for sharing notes in the situations of preparation or documentation.
But if you intend to publish your written work and want it to be a downloadable document, a reader or even a scientific paper more work has to be done to make the final product appear interesting and state of the art regarding layout and design.