The Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC; Poznańskie Centrum Superkomputerowo Sieciowe, in Polish) has adopted and recommends the Open Source tool Etherpad to facilitate collaborative text editing, it was announced on 28 July 2011.
Etherpad, which is released under Apache License 2.0, is a web-based word processor that enables many people to work together in real time to produce a text. Very often for such a purpose, a text document is simply forwarded by email from one person to another, but this is not a very efficient method. For many years in the past, tools were created but they were unable to fulfil the required function. More recently the popularity of social services and software as services solutions have made it possible to edit documents in distributed teams in real time using proprietary tools. Etherpad is an Open Source tool which also performs this function, and which can be tested before being downloaded.
The Open Source Competence Center is an initiative of the Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC) that promotes the adoption and involvement with FLOSS (Free Libre Open Source Software). The Center aims to support FLOSS development and adoption, in particular by providing QualiPSo (Quality Platform for Open Source Software) services directly to public administrations, companies and individuals. This is a result of the increasing commitment of PSNC to FLOSS initiatives and participation in the QualiPSo project.