The GenomeTools Development Contract

The GenomeTools Development Contract (GtDC) is a fork of the C4 of the ZeroMQ project, with some sections removed and adjusted licensing terms.
This is revision 0 of the GtDC (2013-07-04).


The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT", "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119.


GtDC is meant to provide a reusable optimal collaboration model for open source software projects. It has these specific goals:



Licensing and Ownership

Patch Requirements

Development Contract

Creating Stable Releases

Evolution of Public Contracts

Project Administration