Commons In A Box

Posted on November 20th, 2012 by Joss Winn

One of our original project aims was that the Bebop PuddyPress plugin would be part of the CUNY Commons In A Box project, a turnkey version of CUNY’s Academic Commons. Yesterday saw the launch of Commons In A Box and I’m pleased to say that Bebop is included as one of the ‘a la carte’ plugin options.

Commons In A Box (CBOX) is a free software project aimed at turning the infrastructure that successfully powers the CUNY Academic Commons into a free, distributable, easy-to-install package. Commons In A Box is a project of the City University of New York and the Graduate Center, CUNY and is made possible by a generous grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

CBOX takes the complexity out of creating a Commons site, helping organizations create a space where their members can discuss issues, collaborate on projects, and share their work. CBOX also provides:

  • Out-of-the-box functionality with an intuitive set-up that guides site administrators through each step of installation.
  • A powerful, responsive, highly customizable theme developed for community engagement, based on PressCrew’s Infinity Theming Engine.
  • Responsive design for easy viewing on many devices, including tablets and smartphones.
  • Collaborative document creation and file sharing.
  • Reply-By-Email functionality for quick, on-the-go communication.
  • Compatibility with many other WordPress and BuddyPress themes and plug-ins.
  • Expansive wiki options.

CBOX will be useful to any organization that is looking for a shared space in which to build an engaged community of users and developers.

Congratulations to Matt Gold, Boone Gorges and everyone else involved in the Commons In A Box project!

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  2. Amber Thomas says:

    That’s great news – I remember highlighting the CUNY Academic Commons in a Box initiative in the Call for proposals that the bebop project came from. So pleased the fruits of Lincoln’s labours will benefit so many people :-)

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