Operating your own BSCW server

You may operate your own BSCW server as an extension of a suitable Web server running on a Unix, Linux, or Windows (Windows 7/2008/Vista/2003/XP) platform.

The BSCW server software is distributed by OrbiTeam Software GmbH & Co. KG, Bonn, Germany, under licence from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology (FIT).

You may download the BSCW server software (http://www.bscw.de/english/download.html) and use it free of charge for a 90 day evaluation period. Starting with the 91st day, usage of your own BSCW server requires a licence. The distribution of BSCW licences is handled by OrbiTeam Software GmbH & Co. KG.

Schools and universities may apply for royalty free licences for educational purposes. Other licensees have to pay a licence fee for use of BSCW beyond the evaluation period. Please contact license@orbiteam.de if you need further information regarding the licensing proce­dure.


BSCW provides support for HTML editing based on the CKEditor (http://ckeditor.com/ Copyright © 2003-2011 Frederico Knabben) which is integrated with the BSCW software. The CKEditor is licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public Licence (see

The JavaScript calendar integrated into BSCW is based on the DHTML Calendar 1.0 (http://www.dynarch.com/projects/calendar Copyright © 2002-2005 Mihai Bazon, http://www.bazon.net/mishoo) and distributed under the GNU Lesser General Public License (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/lgpl.html).

The mobile user interface is based on the jQuery Mobile Framework (licensed under the terms of the MIT License, see http://jquerymobile.com/). The mobile user interface also includes the datepicker plugin (https://github.com/jtsage/jquery-mobile-datebox Copyright © JTSage) licensed under CC 3.0 Attribution license.

The BSCW desktop widgets are based on Adobe AIR and include the Adobe AIR SDK source files and sample code, Copyright © Adobe Systems Inc., licensed under the Adobe AIR SDK License Agreement (http://www.adobe.com/special/products/air/tools/sdk/eula/).

Direct editing of BSCW documents with local editors and applications is based on the Zope External Editor Client (Copyright © 2008 Thierry Benita, Jean-Nicolas Bes, atReal, Casey Duncan and Zope Corporation, http://www.zope.org/), which is not part of the BSCW soft­ware, but has to be installed by the user. The Zope client is licensed under the Zope Pub­lic Li­cense (ZPL).

For the visualization of document event maps, BSCW uses the HyperGraph software (see http://hypergraph.sourceforge.net/), which is licensed under GNU Lesser General Public Li­cence.

For a quicker document search, BSCW supports the optional integration of the indexing service PyLucene (http://lucene.apache.org/pylucene/). PyLucene is provided by the Apache Software Foundation under the Apache License.

For the visualization of time related objects in a Gantt chart like manner, BSCW integrates the Timeline component of the SIMILE widgets developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Tech­nology (http://www.simile-widgets.org/timeline/). Timeline is open source software and is licensed under the BSD licence.

For the visualization of workspace maps, BSCW uses a free version of the Constellation Roamer toolkit with generous permission by Asterisq Innovation (http://asterisq.com/).

For collaborative editing of Web pages, BSCW offers to integrate the MoinMoin wiki engine (see http://moinmo.in/), which is licensed under GNU General Public Li­cence.

Further, BSCW includes software developed by the Apache Software Foundation