The Public Knowledge Project is dedicated to producing high-quality free and open-source software for use by individuals and organizations around the world. As such, we develop the software in a way that meets yours needs but which will also appeal to others. This means that although we may customize software features for you, we will not be creating a custom application that will need to be maintained by your organization. Instead, we will incorporate the new customizations into later releases, so that other users can benefit from them.
This approach has enormous benefits for both the paying client and other users. However, in order to make this happen, all software code that is developed during the course of a development project must remain the intellectual property of Simon Fraser University Library, in order to ensure that we can continue to release the software under the GPLv2 open-source license. Similarly, we expect to be able to publish all end-user and technical documentation (other than institution-specific documentation) written during the course of a development project under a Creative Commons license for the benefit of all users of the software.
We may ask for further details to ensure we understand the full scope of the requirements. PKP will also want to determine that the new features are compatible with the software architecture and development roadmap. If so, we can provide you with a Quote for Services and a project milestone schedule.
For further inquiries regarding sponsored development, please contact us.
(This policy is adapted from the excellent folks at Artefactual.)