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The Google Docs KB

Posted in Knowledge Base by downforce on June 28, 2007

I posted a while ago about a web-based personal knowledge base. The few applications I did find I was never really happy with as I wanted a “tagging” based classification system. I’ve been using Google Docs to meet this aim and so far I have to say it’s been fairly successful.

Google Docs does have some idiosyncrasies but I’m managing to work around them. At first each document opening as a new tab was irritating, but when I started working on 2 or 3 it became apparent why.

A couple of features that appeal to me that I hadn’t seen in other KBApps are the ability to sorts by last edited and the ability to publish a document, but doesn’t by default.

I haven’t used it for a few days as I’ve been pre-occupied with other things and today logged in and saw that’s it had a interface overhaul.

This new interface is NICE! One of my beefs with Google Docs was the inability to rename/delete tags. You had to remove the tag from each document then the tag was deleted. They have renamed the tags to folders, however as far as I can tell, they work the same way.

All in all Google Docs is proving to be an adequate for of KB for me. The biggest requirement missing now is the ability to host it on my server instead of gmail. Hey Google, don’t suppose you want to release the code to me? No? Didn’t think so 🙂