Basic Concepts and Functions

This chapter describes the basic concepts and functions of BSCW, that will help you start cooperating with other users in shared workspaces.

Some details that we describe below may not be available to you in some of your workspaces or may work differently. This may be due to one or more of the following reasons:

      The role you are assigned to (possibly resulting in reduced access rights).

      The level of proficiency with BSCW that you have chosen for yourself. By default, new users are assigned to the Expert level, allowing all sorts of objects and actions. You may have changed, however, your level of pro­ficiency to a lower level (as de­scribed in 3.8.2 Levels of proficiency). At these lower levels, e.g. Be­ginner, you will be offered fewer ac­tions and objects at the interface than are shown below.

      The configuration of your BSCW server that may not allow certain functions.


The Web-based user interface

Shareable objects


Personal objects

Public space



Customizing the user interface

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