A Domain of One's Own
A Domain of One's Own (or DoOO) is a practice/movement (primarily within academia) encouraging people to have their own domain, post their content on their own website, and have greater control over their digital infrastructure.
The movement and philosophy started as a project at University of Mary Washington that allows students, faculty, and staff to register their own domain name and associate it with a hosted web space, free of charge. With their Domain and corresponding web space, users will have the opportunity and flexibility to design and create a meaningful and vibrant digital presence.
The project name is a direct reference to Virginia Woolf’s essay A Room of One’s Own (1929) in which she writes:
“A woman must have money, and a room of her own, if she is to write fiction.”
First developed at Mary Washington University, DoOO has grown as a movement that supports digital identity creation and data ownership, and allows for the publishing, curating, and sharing of work online.
The original A Domain of One’s Own is managed by the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies (DTLT) at UMW. It was founded by Jim Groom, subsequently the co-founder of Reclaim Hosting.
DTLT works with faculty and departments to meaningfully integrate DoOO into their classroom practices and programs in order to ensure that students are gaining varied and valuable digital experiences during their time at UMW. In addition, DTLT supports members of the UMW community to use DoOO to cultivate a digital profile for their professional work. Their site serves as a source of information about the project as well as a gateway for UMW users to login and manage their accounts.
“Faculty and students must have a domain and web hosting of their own if they are to truly understand and engage the deeper possibilities of the open web.” — Jim Groom (2013)
Within the system, users may install LAMP-compatible Web applications, set up subdomains and email addresses, and install databases. In addition, users may choose to “map” their domain (or a subdomain) to other services, such as a UMW Blogs, Google Sites, or Tumblr.
- EduHack Domain Kits - This site includes 18 Kits for you to learn about and practice your domain building skills. Each kit is an activity that will provide you the instructions and materials necessary to put in your domain a blog, a wiki, a stand alone web site, a file dropbox, a photo gallery, and more.
There are over 100 colleges and universities with Domains projects. Here is a list of some of them:
- University of Mary Washington (the original)
- Plymouth State University (PlymouthCreate)
- Keene State College (KSCopen)
- University of Oklahoma
- Coventry University
- Middlebury College
- Georgetown University
- Emory University (Documentation)
- St. Norbert College (Knight Domains)
- University of Texas Arlington
- eCampus Ontario
- Bryn Mawr
- Haverford College (Haverford Sites)
- Drew University
- Michigan State University
- Penn State (started as a pilot of 50 students in Spring 2014)
- Add yourself here… (see this for more details)
DoOO as a Service
Reclaim Hosting provides hosting and support as a commercial product and service to schools that would like a DoOO program.
- DoOO Community Forums
- Administrative Documentation
- Adding Community Documentation Articles
- Opening Knowledge Practices collection and collaborative bibliography in Zotero originally based on resources about Domain of One's Own collected by @readywriting at UMW.
- 2017-04-27 Audrey Watters Why 'A Domain of One's Own' Matters (For the Future of Knowledge)
- 2017-06-05 Jesse Stommel If bell hooks Made an LMS: Grades, Radical Openness, and Domain of One's Own
- 2016-08-23 Audrey Watters A Domain of One's Own in a Post-Ownership Society
- 2016-08-19 Martha Burtis and Breaking Domain of One’s Own: Rethinking the Web in Higher Ed
- 2015-08-10 Andrew Rikard for EdSurge Do I Own My Domain If You Grade It?
- 2015-06-15 Audrey Watters The Web We Need to Give Students (Bright Magazine)
Domain Camps / Conferences
- Ontario Extend Domain Camp 2018
- Ontario Extend Domain Camp 2019
- Domains 2019
- See also: Reclaim Hosting#Domains Conferences
In Summer 2020, Chris Aldrich started hosting a recurring (monthly) meetup for the Domain of One's Own space. Others are encouraged to help organize similar versions for their timezones. Chris is happy to help set up details and infrastructure to make this happen. Anyone interested in making a short presentation at a future meetup is welcome to make suggestions.
- 2020-09-23 Will Monroe I was lucky to find out about and have the time to attend the Domain of One’s Own Meetup (September 2020) meeting
- 2020-09-26 Jim Groom IndieWebCamp: Domain of One’s Own Meetup
- Getting Started
- Indieweb for Education
- Domains Conference
- Open Domains Lab
- Reclaim Hosting
- RNP 2017 – Domain of One’s Own
- Podcast about the project on Chronicle of Higher Education from 2012. Comments on the post indicate approximate costs.
- IndieWeb as a Service
- OER x Domains Conference 2021 - Save the Date for 21 Apr 2021 9:00 AM through 22 Apr 2021 5:00 PM
- History Part 1: http://umwdtlt.com/a-brief-history-of-domain-of-ones-own-part-1/ and Part 2: http://umwdtlt.com/a-brief-history-of-domain-of-ones-own-part-two-the-12-days-of-domains/
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