Google Wave

Following the extension of Google's trial of their new Google Wave system, Cascade have signed up as a tester. We are interested in using Google Wave as a collaborative tool to replace some meetings - both with our remote based production crew and with clients - effectively, when used alongside a conference call, Google Wave could provide a medium where all interested parties can share media in a way that can be accessed by everyone instantly and can be revisited afterwards.

We expect that we will establish Waves for different aspects of a production which will grow and develop as the plan become more complete.

This is an explanation of what Google Wave is from Wikipedia:

Google Wave is designed as a new Internet communications platform. Google Wave works like previous messaging systems such as email and Usenet, but instead of sending a message along with its entire thread of previous messages, or requiring all responses to be stored in each user's inbox for context, message documents (referred to as waves) that contain complete threads of multimedia messages (blips) are perpetually stored on a central server. Waves are shared with collaborators who can be added to or removed from the wave at any point during a wave's existence.

Waves, described by Google as "equal parts conversation and document", are hosted XML documents that allow seamless and low latency concurrent modifications.[5] Any participant of a wave can reply anywhere within the message, edit any part of the wave, and add participants at any point in the process. Each edit/reply is a blip and users can reply to individual blips within waves. Recipients are notified of changes/replies in all waves in which they are active and, upon opening a wave, may review those changes in chronological order. In addition, waves are live. All replies/edits are visible in real-time, letter by letter, as they are typed by the other collaborators. Multiple participants may edit a single wave simultaneously in Google Wave. Thus, waves can function not only as e-mails and threaded conversations but also as an instant messaging service when many participants are online at the same time. A wave may repeatedly shift roles between e-mail and instant messaging depending on the number of users editing it concurrently. The ability to show messages as they are typed can be disabled, similar to conventional instant messaging.[3]

Alan WightTechnology