Public Workspaces


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Socialtext Public Workspaces (Eventspaces) are workspaces accessible by everybody on your network, or everyone on the internet. Whether you want a flexible, globally editable website or you'd like to host a virtual conference, a Socialtext Public Workspace is a fast, easy, and flexible bridge between you and the rest of the world.

How do I log in?

In a public workspace, there are Register and Login links in the top right corner. If you have a login, you may sign in to edit and access other features unavailable to users who aren't logged in. If you do not yet have a login, click Register to become an authenticated user.

How to create a public workspace

To create a public workspace, first create a new workspace. Then you can Help for Workspace Administrators (Create a public workspace)

Public workspace home page

Public workspaces have a wiki page as a home or central page shared by all users of the workspace.


Types of public workspaces

All Socialtext Public Workspaces are readable by anybody on the network. Depending on your needs, Socialtext Public Workspaces come in different types.

Publish documents

Are you responsible for a report, product manual, project status report, or other document you must keep maintaining after you first publish it? With Socialtext, you can publish documents to others as quickly as it takes to edit a Socialtext page. What's more, after you first publish your documents, your team can keep changing and adding to what you've written just like any other Socialtext workspace.

Depending on whether you want feedback, you have two options:

Group collaboration

Do you coordinate a customer community, participate in a community of practice, or facilitate a standards group? If you have a need for public collaboration, you can use a Socialtext public workspace to facilitate the group.

There are two main choices:

Using a public workspace for open-ended collaboration has security implications, particularly to do with vandalism and spam. The common solution is to restrict access. However, this creates a major barrier to entry to participation, which will reduce the number of contributors to the project. Socialtext provides two options as a trade off:

Run an event with Socialtext Eventspaces

Can't remember whom you talked to at last month's conference? Want to organize a ride share? A Socialtext Eventspace for a conference or an event can help turn a moment into a long-lasting memory or even a long-lasting conversation. Use the workspace to record every attendee's name and contact information. Keep notes from sessions so they are available later. Let your attendees organize impromptu gatherings within the conference. Maintain the conversation after the event to improve the repeat attendence rates at next year's conference.

For the same trade off between security and participation as with group collaboration, Eventspaces come in two types.

You may read the details about authentication, authorization, and access control in Socialtext or jump directly to our roles and permission sets documentation.


Socialtext offers additional Eventspace professional services and logistics to support your public events with a wiki. Please contact sales@socialtext.com for more information.

Membership by invitation

Users who register themselves for Socialtext Public Workspaces can edit pages, but there are a few features they can't use, including deleting pages, uploading files and sending email. If you want to grant other users these privileges, you can invite them into the workspace. Go to Settings, and then Invite new users. Only workspace administrators can invite new members.

Advanced features

Socialtext Workspaces may be further tailored to suit your needs. Contact support@socialtext.com to

Don't hesitate to ask. That's what we're here for!

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