The Virtual Commons


The Virtual Commons web environment is targeted at making the development of rich, web-based collective action experiments easier to develop, run, maintain, secure, and extend with support for data processing, analysis, and preservation as key features in addition to real-time chat and customizable experiment configuration.


The foraging experiment has been used by researchers at Indiana University and Arizona State University to conduct multiplayer experiments where participants interact with each other in a controlled, shared, virtual resource environment.


The irrigation experiment places participants in an upstream-downstream scenario. Participants choose when to open or close their irrigation gates and how much to invest in their common infrastructure (irrigation canals, etc.)


Lighter Footprints is an HTML5 mobile app social science experiment that examines group coordination and is focused on spreading awareness of energy / carbon footprint and concrete actions we can take to minimize our carbon footprint.