Collaboration & Social Media encompasses technology-enhanced communication, coordination, and collaboration services that facilitate the creation, sharing, and exchange of information and ideas within communities of interest.

These services typically integrate shared access to otherwise disparate resources—such as storage, screens, content, and workspaces; audiovisual conferencing; messaging; and presence & location‐based services—to provide highly interactive platforms through which individuals and communities share, co-create, discuss, and modify subscriber-contributed content. Collaboration & Social Media provides convenient anytime/anywhere access to resources that help organizations, communities, and individuals enhance working relationships and improve individual and organizational effectiveness.

The navigation bar provides links to information on the various Collaboration & Social Media services we offer.

  • A BU Google Site is an easy way to create and share information online. You can open your site to be viewed by the entire world, or limit access to those you specify. Because it is hosted as a component of BU Google Apps, a BU Google Site gives you access to many additional tools, such as BU Google Mail, Google Calendar, and Google Drive.... more »

  • Google+ is an optional feature of the BU Google Apps suite of services. You can choose to activate Google+ for its social media, chat, and video conferencing capabilities.... more »

  • A MediaWiki is a collaborative website that can be edited by visitors. Originally created for Wikipedia, the software is now available to anyone who wants to work with others to edit and maintain documentation.... more »

  • Microsoft SharePoint is a web-based collaboration service for groups of all sizes – from two to the enterprise. Individuals, groups, and departments may request and then manage their own shared areas called “sites.” SharePoint is often compared to a Swiss Army knife because it offers many tools for groups to share, manage, and use information. SharePoint is also the standard document sharing platform used by Microsoft Office, and is closely integrated with Microsoft Exchange, Lync, and Outlook.... more »