Virtual Commons Experiment Software

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The Virtual Commons ( is an open software initiative funded by the Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity ( devoted to computational experiments on collective action and resource governance.

NOTE: we moved our repositories to BitBucket at - please look for the latest versions there.

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  • real-time client-server interaction with support for arbitrary temporal / spatial complexity
  • event-driven experiment framework with support for networking, messaging, persistence, and thread-safe handling of asynchronous events
  • clients deployed via Java WebStart / JNLP
  • XML configuration for experiments and rounds
  • build and deployment via Ant and Ivy or Maven
  • web framework for collective action experiments developed in Django w/ support for Celery, RabbitMQ, and


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Intended Audience

Developers, Education, Non-Profit Organizations, Science/Research

User Interface

Java Swing, OpenGL, Web-based

Programming Language

ActionScript, Flex, Java, Python


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