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Commons is a commercial Wiki offered to Berkeley Lab for general use. The Wiki is divided into spaces--some existing ones can be used by anyone at LBNL (e.g., the community or department/division space). For special needs, Berkeley Lab users can request a "Space" and manage their own area. We are using a commercial product from Atlassian called Confluence. It provides page-level permissions, a rich text editor (as well as a Wiki markup language), and a large number of macros that can help customize a site. 

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Go to Commons and authenticate using your LDAP user ID and password. Accounts do not have to be provisioned by IT--the first time you log in, your account will be created. 

Check out the Online tutorials, help documentation, or ask for assistance from the Helpdesk and the collaboration support group.


  • A "Getting Started " tab on the dashboard provides links to documentation and video-based overviews of the product.  A Sandbox (a space open to anyone for experimentation) is also provided.
  • Check out the Online tutorialshelp documentation, or ask for assistance from the Helpdesk, ext. 4357, and the collaboration support group.

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The service is part of the Berkeley Lab Technology Resource Kit and is provided to all employees and affiliates at no recharge.