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New version of CIRCABC now available

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The European Commission has launched a new version of its free and open source software for information sharing and collaboration solution, CIRCABC. The tool, which has been developed to be used by geographically dispersed teams, allows team members to work together on documents collected in workspaces called 'Interest Groups'. CIRCABC is supported by the ISA programme which promotes interoperability, sharing and re-use, between public administrations in Europe.

The new version of CIRCABC (3.6) comes with many improvements: Group leaders can now invite multiple users and they are able to customise the description of the documents collected in a workspace, and thereby to dynamically sort information. The updated version also allows group leaders to create multilingual sets of documents and export the list of all members to a workspace. Users will notice that when they are uploading documents, the filename will now be displayed. For those that need to import content or add metadata, there will be a template index file available for download.

The collaborative workspace creation tool is built on top of the included Alfresco enterprise content management system. It helps to handle documents and files in any format, in multiple languages and with version control. Workspace users can share part of their workspace with others, using fine-grained access permission and user access profiles. This allows flexible rules to be defined for viewing, downloading, updating and copying the information in any Interest Group.

The first version of CIRCABC was published in 2008. The solution is used by over 114 000 users in 2 700 Interest Groups from the European Commission, European institutions, agencies, public administrations in the EU Member States and companies. Examples include the EC Directorate General for Health & Consumers (DG SANCO), which uses the tool for sharing documents and preparing meetings with stakeholders concerned with health and consumers policies.

The software is published under the European Union's open source licence, the EUPL. It can be downloaded for free from the Joinup portal.


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