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This page describes the Etherpad user and developer communities, and ways you can get involved. The project's homepage is Etherpad.org.
Another good place to get started would be Sites that run Etherpad Lite.
Particularly if you're interested in development, have a look at Community Guidelines.
Etherpad has been used in a many collaborative projects ranging from research to citizenship to creative writing. Some interesting examples are described below.
- Mailing list: https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/etherpad-lite-dev
- IRC channel: #etherpad and #etherpad-lite-dev on irc.freenode.net
- B. Tomlinson, J. Ross, P. André, E.P.S. Baumer, D.J. Patterson, J. Corneli, M. Mahaux, S. Nobarany, M. Lazzari, P. Penzenstadler, A.W. Torrance, D.J. Callele, G.M. Olson, M.S. Silberman, M. Ständer, F.R. Palamedi, A. Salah, E. Morrill, X. Franch, F. Mueller, J. Kaye, R.W. Black, M.L. Cohn, P.C. Shih, J. Brewer, N. Goyal, P. Näkki, J. Huang, N. Baghaei, and C. Saper. 2012. “Massively Distributed Authorship of Academic Papers.” ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2012) Extended Abstracts (alt.chi). 10 pages. http://altchi.org/submissions/submission_wmt_0.pdf
The authors of this paper used Etherpad to explore the future of collaborative academic writing.
- Joseph Corneli, Gravpad, in WikiSym '10: Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration (2010). http://www.wikisym.org/ws2010/tiki-download_wiki_attachment.php?attId=21
Engagement with the wider world
Some Etherpad-related bounties are available to work on on Gun.IO.
There has been discussion of Etherpad-based editing for Mediawiki pages.
Etherpad will be used as the default editor for the new PlanetMath.org mathematics community website.
- Expect to see more information for new developers on OpenHatch.