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Commons In A Box

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About The Project

Commons In A Box (CBOX) takes the complexity out of creating an online space, or digital commons, for community and collaboration. Built using the WordPress publishing platform, with BuddyPress for social networking, CBOX comes in 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.

Commons In A Box 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 It was originally made possible by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. CBOX OpenLab, a collaboration with New York City College of Technology, was 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.


Have questions about Commons In A Box? Visit, where you'll find robust documentation and support forums.

Think you've found a bug? You may consider posting your issue first in the support forum for CBOX Classic or CBOX OpenLab, as appropriate. If you're comfortable using Github, you can also post issues directly to our issue tracker.


Developers who are interested in contributing to Commons In A Box can send pull requests to this repo. Note that the master branch mirrors the last stable release. The current maintenance branch is 1.1.x; please submit requests against this branch.

The current repo contains the core Commons In A Box plugin. Package-specific functionality is handled in a number of related repositories:

Pull requests may be submitted to any of these repos. New issue reports can be opened on the primary commons-in-a-box repository.

If you have a plugin that you would like us to consider for inclusion in CBOX Classic or CBOX OpenLab, see our plugin submission process.

Questions or suggestions? Contact us via our developer support forum.


Commons In A Box - A suite of community and collaboration tools for WordPress, designed especially for academic communities






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