Comunes Association

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Comunes is a non-profit organization with the stated aims of encouraging the Commons and facilitating the grassroots work through free/libre web tools. Previously known as, this collective established itself as legal entity in 2009, forming Comunes (registered in Spain, although transnational approach). Nowadays it serves as an umbrella organization for several projects related to the Commons.

Philosophy and aims

Among the Comunes' objectives are to provide legal protection to member projects, together with technical infrastructure. It claims[1] to be inspired by Software in the Public Interest organization, which provides similar protection to free software projects. Comunes member projects must focus on encouraging the protection or expansion of the Commons.[2] Comunes Manifesto[3] shows a view on the social movements as nodes in a social network, analysing which problems this ecosystem has[4] and proposing Comunes web tools for diminishing them.

Projects[5] is a web-based collaborative free content repository. It acts as a central location for offering web space and tools for projects of any topic, focusing in free culture and free knowledge. It aims to extend the ideas and methodology of free software to social areas and free culture in general. Thus, it provides multiple web services (hosting, mailing lists, wiki, ftp, forums…) to an online community of social/cultural/artistic/political/educational projects as long as they share their contents with Creative Commons licenses (or other free/libre licenses). Active since 2002, nowadays it hosts 850 projects and its services receive 500.000 monthly visits.


Kune[6] is a software platform for federated social networking and collaborative work, focusing on workgroups rather than in individuals. It aims to allow the creation of online spaces of collaborative work, where organizations and individuals can build projects online, coordinate common agendas, set up virtual meetings and join organizations with similar interests. It is programmed using Google Web Toolkit, on top of the XMPP protocol and integrating Wave-In-A-Box. Licensed under Affero GPL, it is under development since 2007[7] and it launched a beta and production site in April 2012.

Move Commons

Move Commons (MC)[8] is a web tool for initiatives, collectives and NGOs to declare and visibilize the core principles they are committed to. The idea behind MC follows the same mechanics of Creative Commons tagging cultural works,[9] providing a user-friendly, bottom-up, labelling system for each initiative, with four meaningful icons, and some keywords. It aims at boosting the visibility and diffusion of such initiatives, and building a network among related initiatives/collectives, allowing mutual discovery. Besides, newcomers could easily understand the collective approach in their website, or discover collectives matching their field/location/interests with a semantic search. It has been presented in several forums. Nowadays it is in beta version, but there are already a few organizations using their MC badges.

Other projects

Comunes includes other young projects such as Alerta[10] (community-driven alert system), Plantaré[11] (community currency for seed exchange) and others.[12]


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