Author Archive | Scott Voth

WordCamp NYC Keynote by Commons Lead Developer Boone Gorges

To kick off WordCamp NYC this year, CUNY Academic Commons lead developer Boone Gorges  gave the keynote “Free Software, Free Labor, and the Freelancer: The Economics of Contributing.”  We will post a video of his presentation when it is available.  In the meantime, here is a taste of what he had to say:
Free software patronage […]

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CUNY Academic Commons 2014 Annual Report

The CUNY Academic Commons 2014 Annual Report is now available for download!  We hope you’ll read it in detail.
Widely used “as shared space for individuals, campus committees, and academic departments,” the Commons continues to evolve, and we are proud of the growing collection of open source tools that we have developed to help foster collaboration […]

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DiRT, Commons in a Box, and DHCommons Receive Mellon Foundation Grant

The University of California, Berkeley and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York are pleased to announce that the Mellon Foundation has generously provided a $150,000 grant to fund a partnership between the DiRT (Digital Research Tools) Directory, Commons In A Box, and the DHCommons project directory that will develop APIs to link these initiatives, providing […]

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Welcome to Commons 1.6!

The Commons Development team has just released Commons 1.6!  This release features a number of great improvements to the site, including something everyone will love – HTML email notifications.  We have also souped up the Commons member profile pages with widget improvements (including a new Twitter Widget), and fixed a design issue that makes it […]

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CUNY Academic Commons Seeks Part-time Employees

Established in 2009 and now nationally renowned as an example of a successful academic social network, the CUNY Academic Commons is designed to provide a flexible online space for discovery, connection, collaboration, and sharing between faculty members, graduate students, administrators, and staff of the City University of New York.
As a group of committed open-source technologists […]

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Commons 1.4 — Reply By Email!

The marquee feature of Commons 1.4 is the awesome BuddyPress functionality developed by the Commons Dev Team that lets members respond to email notifications directly from their inboxes.
If you wanted to respond to a discussion forum post before Commons 1.4, you’d need to click on the hyperlink in an email notification, log into the Commons, […]

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Reactions to the Commons In A Box Project

Traffic on the Commons was up 44% throughout the week as news of the Commons In A Box project circulated through academic journals, blogs, and Twitter.  Comments on our initial announcement were numerous – some congratulatory, but most written by representatives of institutions anxious to chat and gather more information.
The same day as the announcement, in […]

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Commons Version 1.0 Has Arrived!

The CUNY Academic Commons has been upgraded to our first named version, CUNY Academic Commons, Version 1.0!
Here are some highlights:
The Commons Wiki has been bumped up to MediaWiki version 1.15.4 – a substantial jump from 1.13.4.  The upgrade lets us install new extensions (extensions in MediaWiki are like plugins in WordPress — they extend […]

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