I am looking for collaboration software in order to keep notes, discuss matters, etc. with colleagues in my university lab as well as with external collaborators. I want the users to be able to enter their input via browser using easy to learn formatting rules. If hard work, such as doing maintenance, or heavy learning curve is required, I want this to be left to admin only. The aggravating circumstances in my case are:
- The university is not offering support to host such application, so I am searching for software that relies on static resources only, specifically be integrated with Dropbox for Business, which is provided to us by the university.
- The other members of the lab never used such software and they do not understand its usefulness. So I don't want to ask for funding now, therefore the software should be free.
- I have little knowledge of programming, particularly when servers are involved.
So far I tried DokuWiki (on-a-stick edition) but it did not work the way I expected. Suggestions that I found on the internet (e.g. http://ask.metafilter.com/215611/CMS-for-science) revolve around using Django, Jekyll, Wordpress, Drupal. I am willing to learn any of these and more, as long as I know in advance that I will end up with the system working as I described above.
This is why I am asking this question here. Can you recommend software and suggest how to deploy it?