The Public Knowledge Project is a research and open source software development initiative established by Dr. John Willinsky in 1998 at the University of British Columbia. Today, Dr. Willinsky leads PKP’s research activities from Stanford University and the Simon Fraser University Library serves as its administrative and operational home.

The core PKP Team consists of over thirty full- and part-time staff, including developers, technical and support specialists, researchers, graduate students, librarians, and other contract staff. PKP is a  virtual team with members located in Canada, the United States, South America, Europe, and other parts of the world. See People for brief biographies on the PKP Team members.

PKP has five major development partners — the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL), the Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB), the University of Alberta Libraries, the University of British Columbia Libraries, and the University of Pittsburgh Libraries — who all provide significant financial and in-kind support.

As part of PKP’s governance and sustainability initiative, community-based committees have been established to provide a wider base for input and support to PKP:

  • Advisory Committee: provides input on general strategic directions and priorities, and PKP’s evolving organizational structure, governance, and sustainability.
  • Technical Committee: provides technical input and advice on PKP’s software development methodologies and priorities.
  • Members Committee: provides a community-based forum for feedback on PKP’s general strategic direction and priorities for PKP’s software development.

Like all successful open-source software projects, PKP relies heavily on its community of users to participate and contribute in a variety of ways. PKP’s sponsorship campaign has been very successful with multiple Sustainers who provide financial support to PKP. The PKP Community Forum has hundreds of users and serves as the primary source for answers to technical and other queries about PKP software. Individuals and sites using PKP software are also responsible for contributing software enhancements and plugins, plus over 40 language translations for OJS.

PKP is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive working environment and scholarly communications ecosystem. We believe open and diverse communities foster the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We seek to contribute to efforts to develop and support the decolonization of scholarly publishing, to collaborate in postcolonial publishing initiatives, and to provide the means for a diversity of academic inquiry and voices to readily engage in scholarly publishing. All of our community spaces are guided by a Code of Conduct, which helps us create a welcoming environment for all participants.