We focus particularly on creation of collaboratively produced, community-based, public-facing
open-source software platforms for scholarly communication.

Commons In A Box

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.

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Professor Lev Manovich and his Software Studies team have created ImagePlot, a free software tool that offers new ways of visualizing images and video. “Mondrian vs. Rothko” (above) demonstrates how image plots can be used to compare multiple data sets. In this case, the goal is to compare paintings by two artists.

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Debates in the Digital Humanities

In collaboration with designer Mark Abrams and developer Zachary Davis, Digital Fellow Matthew Slaats worked as part of the development team for an interactive companion website to editor Matthew K. Gold’s book, Debates in the Digital Humanities. The site will extend these debates and discussions.

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Selfiecity, a project by Graduate Center faculty member Lev Manovich, investigates the style of self-portraits (selfies) in five cities across the world using a mix of theoretic, artistic and quantitative methods. The site presents findings about the demographics of people taking selfies, data visualizations, interactive features, and reflective essays.

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DH Box

DH Box provides a DH laboratory in the cloud by streamlining installation processes through simple sign-in via a web browser. It comes pre-equipped with essential DH tools such as IPython, RStudio, Omeka, and NLTK. Through this praxis-friendly environment, professors will be able to launch a DH computer lab in minutes.

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Social Paper

Social Paper (SP) is a networked writing platform in development at The Graduate Center, CUNY with the generous support of a 2014 NEH Digital Start-Up Grant. It will be an online writing environment where students, at any point in the writing process, can publicize their work for feedback from a select group of peers.

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