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Theme fund: NGI Zero Core
Start: 2023-06
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Real-time co-editing of local text files

Ethersync aims to enable real-time collaborative editing of local text files. Similar to Etherpads, it facilitates multiple users to work on content simultaneously, enabling applications such as shared notes or pair programming. However, following a "local-first" approach, all files reside on the users' computers, allowing them to use their familiar editors and workflows, and to retain user control. This design enables a kind of collaboration that is simple and direct, stable and flexible, and preserves privacy. Ethersync will be a supplement to tools that track larger changes on text files, like Git, and can be used in combination with it. The project will leverage CRDTs, and consists of a server component, a cross-platform local synchronization daemon, and editor plugins.

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This project was funded through the NGI0 Core Fund, a fund established by NLnet with financial support from the European Commission's Next Generation Internet programme, under the aegis of DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology under grant agreement No 101092990.