Workspace is a term used in various branches of engineering and economic development.
Workspace refers to small premises provided, often by local authorities or economic development agencies, to help new businesses to establish themselves. These typically provide not only physical space and utilities, but also administrative services and links to support and finance organisations, as well as peer support among the tenants. A continuum of sophistication ranges through categories such as 'managed workspaces', 'business incubators' and 'business and employment co-operatives'. In cities, they are often set up in buildings that are disused but which the local authority wishes to retain as a landmark, such as tramsheds. At the larger end of the spectrum are
business parks, technology parks and science parks.
See: "Managed Workspace and Business Incubators - A Good Practice Guide for Local Authorities" http://www.lga.gov.uk/lga/economicregeneration/final.pdf
Technology and Software
technologyand software, Workspace is a term used for several different purposes.
A workspace is (often) a
fileor directorythat allows a user to gather various source codefiles and resources and work with them as a cohesive unit. Workspaces are very helpful in cases of complex projects when maintenance can be challenging. A good example of an environment that allows users to create and use workspaces is Microsoft Visual Studio.
From the view of configuration management, a workspace is a part of the file system where the files of interest (for a given task like debugging, development, etc.) are located. A workspace acts as an environment where a programmer can work, isolated from the outside world, for the task duration.
Multiple workspaces are prevalent on
Unix-like operating systems and certain operating system shells. Mac OS X 10.5includes an equivalent feature called "Spaces"; a Windows XP PowerToyis available to bring this functionality to Windows.
Most systems with support for workspaces provide keyboard shortcuts to switch between them. Many also include some form of workspace switcher to change between them and sometimes to move windows between them as well.
Workspaces are visualized in different ways. For example, on Linux computers using
Compizor Beryl with the Cube and Rotate Cube plugins enabled, each workspace is rendered as a face of an on-screen cube, and switching between workspaces is visualized by zooming out from the current face, rotating the cube to the new face, and zooming back in. On Mac OS, the old set of windows slides off the screen and the new set slides on. Systems without " eye candy" often simply remove the old windows and display the new ones without any sort of intermediate effect.
In the context of Software-as-a-Service, Workspace is a term used by software vendors for applications that allow users to exchange and organize files over the
Such applications have several advantages over traditional
FTPclients or virtual folderofferings, including:
* Ability to capture task performance data and version data
* Organization of information in a more user-friendly interface than a traditional file-based structure
* Secure storage and upload/download of data (many FTP clients are unsecured, susceptible to eavesdropping, or open to other abuse)
* Compatible with virtually all web browsers and computer operating systems.
* Updated on the
server-side, meaning that a user will never have to update the software.
Beyond organizing and sharing files, these applications can often also be used as a business communication tool for assigning tasks, scheduling meetings, and maintaining contact information.
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