Build A Commons Community Tailored
To Your Organization
Commons In A Box (CBOX) takes the complexity out of creating an online space, or digital commons, for your community. Our free open-source software provides an infrastructure that encourages discussion, collaboration, and sharing.
Members of a CBOX community can create groups and media-rich websites, participate in discussion forums, edit documents together, share files, send messages, and make friendship connections.
Both packages feature:
- Robust out-of-the-box functionality;
- An intuitive setup process that guides site administrators through installation and customization;
- Responsive design for easy use on many devices, including tablets and smartphones;
- Ensured compatibility with a core set of plugins – when it’s time to update, you simply update CBOX and we take care of the rest;
- Compatibility with many additional WordPress and BuddyPress plugins and themes.
CBOX can be hosted by most popular hosting services (see the Technical Guide for more information). Reclaim Hosting offers customized hosting services for CBOX that may be of interest to communities wanting to get started with the platform.
About The Project
Commons In A Box (CBOX) was originally made possible by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation that allowed us to turn the infrastructure that successfully powers the CUNY Academic Commons into a distributable, easy-to-install package. CBOX receives continuing support from the City University of New York and The Graduate Center, CUNY.
CBOX OpenLab, a collaboration between The Graduate Center, CUNY and New York City College of Technology, is being created with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Office of Digital Humanities.