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Theme fund: NGI0 Entrust
Start: 2023-02
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LibreOffice CRDT

Real-time collaboration between several, distributed LibreOffice instances

LibreOffice is the most widely used free and open source office suite, available for desktop, mobile and in the browser. Its most popular application is the text editor Writer, which is used to write billions of document every year.

Due to the increase of connectivity and remote work, these days many users look for real-time collaboration capabilities - meaning the ability to work with multiple persons on a single document in parallel. This project seeks to add this critical feature to LibreOffice. As a significant first step towards that goal, this project will therefore embark to re-architect LibreOffice Writer's comment (and later on change tracking) implementation, to make use of a suitable CRDT data structure. This is the first step towards real-time collaboration between several, distributed LibreOffice instances (desktop, mobile and server/Online).

Run by LibreOffice / allotropia software GmbH

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This project was funded through the NGI0 Entrust 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 101069594.