Document events

Document events refer to the read, modify and create events concerning the documents of a workspace. Using the action action  Information    Document Events  in the action menu of a folder, you may in­spect the events pertaining to the documents in this folder and all its subfolders and sub-sub­folders. You may select the documents that a certain member has created or modi­fied and let BSCW show you who has read these documents and how often. You may also select the documents that a certain user has read to view who has created these docu­ments. Thus, you may investigate questions like:

Who has read the documents I created?

Which documents of the workspace have I read so far?

In addition, you may have the events concerning your current document selection visualized as a document event map. Document event maps are graphs where the nodes stand for docu­ments and users, and the edges stand for the events, always connecting a document and a user node. The edges have different colours signalling different kinds of events: A green edge lead­ing from user X to document D, e.g., stands for the event that user X has read document D. Red edges symbolize create events, yellow edges symbolize modify events. The following figure shows an example of an event map.

Figure 8: A document event map

You may get an overview of all document events in the current folder by having a look at a document event map that covers all documents of the current folder. Using this presentation, you may investigate questions like:

who is a very active contributor to the workspace, i.e. who has created many docu­ments or who has modified many documents?

which documents are of most interest to workspace members, i.e. which documents have been read by many workspace members?

While any read access to a document, i.e. opening, archiving, copying etc., counts as a read event in document events, only replacing, revising and editing a document count as a modify events.


Requirements for event maps

Using document events