Commons In A Box (CBOX) is free open-source software that takes the complexity out of creating an online space, or digital commons, for your community. Built using the WordPress publishing platform, with BuddyPress for social networking, CBOX includes two customizable packages:

CBOX Classic is designed for communities of all kinds. It is used by groups and organizations to create flexible social networks where members can collaborate on projects, publish research, and create repositories of knowledge.

CBOX OpenLab is specifically designed for teaching, learning, and collaboration. It allows faculty members, departments, and entire institutions to create commons spaces for open learning.

CBOX is developed by a team based at The Graduate Center, CUNY. It was originally made possible by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation that allowed us to turn the infrastructure that successfully powers the CUNY Academic Commons into a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 OpenLab, a collaboration with the OpenLab at New York City College of Technology, is being created with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Office of Digital Humanities. CBOX receives continuing support from the City University of New York and The Graduate Center, CUNY.

We are grateful to all who have made this project possible, including our funders, our many supporters at CUNY and beyond, and our colleagues on the Commons and OpenLab teams.

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