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Quickr Places and the Places Catalog
Lotus Quickr allows users to easily collaborate with people, teams and projects. It allows sharing and access information and project materials by using team spaces called "Places". A place is a home for a project or team. Each user can easily create new places or join places as a member. The Places Catalog is the entry point for Lotus Quickr, It allows users to easily browse all available places, to track their favorite places, and to easily search for new places. It is also possible to create new places straight from the Places Catalog while picking from a list of possible templates.
Places Catalog Functionality
The Places Catalog provides an intuitive and easy way to find places. The catalog allows browsing of all available places in two views: "Public Places" and "My Places", The "Public Places" view displays a list of all public places, which are places available to all authenticated users. This view can be displayed also in unauthenticated mode. The "My Places" view displays a list of all the places the user owns or is a member of. When the user wants to access some place he can start by looking in those lists, sort them by title or last updated time, and locate the place he is looking for. If the user has places he frequently access to, he can mark them as favorite and they will be automatically added to the "My Favorites" list and will serve the user for quick access.
If the list of places is too long and the user can't find the place quickly enough by just browsing, he can also use the "Places Catalog" scope in the search menu at the top. Using the search menu box is very straightforward, when the user knows the title of the place he is looking for. All the user needs to do is to start typing the title and as he types he is expected to get completions for place titles that match the typed prefix and he can pick the right place from the completions suggested list. If by using type-ahead the user didn't find the required place, but he remembers just few words from the title or description he can type them in the search box, click the search button and get all the relevant places based on the supplied terms.
All places have metadata fields for title and creator, and some places also have description and tags, which are keywords that the manager of the place can add in order to give hints on the place content. The Places Catalog allows searching over these metadata using the "Places Catalog" scope from the search menu box or the catalog enhanced filters. If the user wants to explore some topic and find new places related to this topic, he may, off course, go over the lists of places to find interesting places or filter the lists by specific keywords, but he can also use the tag cloud where he can see the tags of all the places listed alphabetically and each tag frequency is show in the font size and color. It is a very nice and easy way to see all available keywords and simply click on one of them to get all places associated with this keyword. There is also an option to view a list of all the keywords sorted by frequency and the number of places associated with each one.
If the user knows the name of the place creator he can use the owner filter in the catalog to see all places owned by this person. He can start typing a name in the owner search box getting type-ahead for users, click a name from this suggestions list and see that person places.
All of these browsing and searching capabilities make it easier than ever to find places and explore for new places.