An important aspect of cooperative work is that all members of a shared workspace are kept informed about what happens in the workspace. To this end, BSCW records each action on an object in the workspace as an event. Each member of a workspace will be informed about the events inside the workspace.
BSCW provides several event services that support different levels of awareness about the activities in shared workspaces. From this set of services you may select the services most suitable for your needs. Moreover, you may specify for which types of events you want to use the services selected. The services include event icons in the Web interface, which indicate recent changes on objects, periodic e-mail reports on workspace activity as well as direct e-mails. You may even receive recent events via BSCW RSS feeds.
Posting activity in BSCW microblogs (see 9.2 Microblogging) is not treated as an ordinary event; new messages may be, however, included in periodic e-mail reports and direct e-mail notifications and there is also a specific event service: a display of new microblogging messages at the top-level Web-based user interface.
In addition to these event services which are treated below, you may keep up with events in your workspaces using event widgets in your personal or workspace portals (see 3.4.1 Personal portal), the events desktop widget (see 7.1 Desktop Widgets) and microblogs, which also can show events (see 9.2 Microblogging).
Note: Some of the above event services may not be available on your BSCW server because they have not been activated by your BSCW administrator.