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 (Vista, 2003, XP, 2000) 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 third party software that is integrated with the BSCW software. Currently two different HTML editors are supported:

FCKEditor (http://www.fckeditor.net/) which is Copyright © 2003-2005 Frederico Caldeira Knabben and is licensed under GNU Lesser General Public Licence (see http://www.opensource.org/licenses/lgpl-license.php), and

pinEdit (http://www.pintexx.com/) which is Copyright © 2005 Pintexx GmbH and is licensed under OEM licence.

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 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 offers to integrate several services for indexing docu­ment contents:

PyLucene (http://pylucene.osafoundation.org/)

Microsoft Indexing Service

Swish++ (http://swishplusplus.sourceforge.net/)

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