The personal objects

In the upper right-hand corner of the user interface you find a row of icons that give direct access to your personal objects. These icons of the instant access bar are available in each of your folders or workspaces.

home  Your personal workspace or home folder is the folder that may only be accessed by yourself and contains all your folders and all workspaces where you are a member. If you click on the home folder icon in one of your other private objects, you return to the private folder or shared workspace that you visited last. Another click on the home folder icon brings you to the home folder itself.

  Your personal portal for BSCW can show the contents of important workspaces, an over­view of recent BSCW events and current appointments from your BSCW calendar. You can also include external programs (e.g. news, weather forecast, maps).

my communities  The listing of your community workspaces contains all such workspaces with commu­ni­ties where you are a member. Communities allow workspace access for large groups of users equipped with equal access rights, keeping performance independent of community size; they also offer self-organized platforms for users with similar interests.

clipboard  The clipboard serves as an intermediate store when cutting and copying.

trash  The trash helps to prevent unauthorized or unintentional deletion of objects. In BSCW, an object can be irrevocably destroyed only from its owner’s trash.

address book  The address book is mainly used to invite new members to your workspaces and to assign specific roles when necessary.

calendar  The calendar helps you manage your appointments.

bookmarks  The bookmarks contain your collected bookmarks and offer quick access to the objects referred to by the bookmarks.

  The task list contains tasks you are to carry out (includes proper tasks and flow folders; see 12 Workflow Management).

briefcase  The briefcase is used to synchronize BSCW documents with their counterparts on a local computer.