This innovation session will describe how to build an online academic community using examples from Project MUSE Commons, CBOX, CUNY Academic Commons and the MLA Commons. Project MUSE Commons was built using the freely available Commons in a Box (CBOX) software suite. Pioneered by the CUNY Academic Commons with support from the Sloan Foundation, CBOX is based on WordPress and BuddyPress, the social networking platform for WordPress. Features include profiles, activity streams, user discussion groups, Wikis, and blogging. Users of all levels can use CBOX to create vibrant online communities of different kinds; indeed, just one person without a technological background created the Project MUSE Commons.
This session will demonstrate the possibilities afforded by this Open Source software and show a wide range of implementations for inspiration, including the flagship CUNY Academic Commons, which supports CUNY faculty, staff, and graduate students from across all 24 CUNY campuses. Participants can create online discussion groups around classes, publish online journals, and work collaboratively. The MLA Commons is an example of use by a scholarly society to enable its members to share work and communicate about their research. MLA is, with Mellon Funding, leading development for a future federated “Humanities Commons.” Launched most recently, the Project MUSE Commons provides space for collaboration and interactivity among its content community of publishers, scholars, librarians, and staff. Project MUSE publishers can now create their own spaces on the Commons where they can post supplemental, open access content and invite collaboration from their constituencies, including journal editors, editorial board members, journal article authors, book authors, book series editors, and, of course, readers, students, and scholars.