In This Chapter
Using document workspaces to work collaboratively on documents
Adding new document workspaces to your SharePoint site
Setting version settings for your document workspace
A document workspace is a subsite of your SharePoint site that uses the special Document Workspace site template. This site template provides Web Part elements that make it easy to edit a particular document collaboratively or to work together on a project that involves a series of related documents (such as preparing an annual report or a special budget proposal).
As with other subsites that you create for your SharePoint site (see Chapter 2), when you set up a new document workspace, SharePoint imbues it with the typical Announcements, Links, and Calendar lists you'd expect as well as a Team Discussion board. In addition, the Document Workspace template also adds a distinctive Shared Documents and Tasks list.
You can then use all these standard document workspace elements to outline the document-related project to your team members, provide them with the documents they need, assign particular project tasks to them, and provide them with the deadlines and milestones they need to reach in accomplishing these tasks.
SharePoint provides three main methods for adding a new document workspace to your SharePoint site:
From scratch following the same general steps you would take if you were adding a new standard subsite ...