PIE Abacus use and terms of use

The Pizazz on paper was issued for free; and will remain so. But the PIE Abacus, being software, comes with a cost for a licence.

The PIE Abacus has been developed as a tool for an emerging community of practice based  in creating and researching the effectiveness of PIEs (particularly but not exclusively in the work of homelessness and complex needs services).

Complex need work is itself a complex and fast changing field; and any new technology entering this area with an intent to assist, with the best will in the world, will need to be supported by a community of users participating and contributing to its on-going developed.

Use of the PIE Abacus entails a commitment to developing PIEs in practice; but also in contributing to the wider development of PIEs, including the Pizazz and the PIE Abacus itself.

Beyond a certain point, this is not something that can be pre-developed in its entirety.

So the term of use include being willing to participate, at least in giving feedback and helping to develop the project.   That commitment is entirely un-enforceable – in effect any level of contribution is voluntary  - and can only be entirely at your own pace and on your own terms. But we do expect a spirit of cooperation from PIE Abacus users.

As part of this mutual commitment to continuing development, the income from the sales of the PIE Abacus goes to a new company – the PIES Income Re-Investment Co -  for promotion, support and development and re-investment in the sector.


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All FAQs

What exactly is an Abacus?  HERE

What is the basic ambition behind the PIE Abacus? HERE

Why is it called the PIE Abacus? HERE

How do we get a licence?  HERE

What are typical costs for a licence?  HERE

What other terms of use are there?  HERE

How are PIE Abacus costs calculated? HERE

How will the income be re-invested? HERE

What is meant by a 'Lead agency"?  HERE

What is meant by a 'contributor'?  HERE

Why have individuals as 'contributors' at all?   HERE

What do all these other terms mean?   HERE

Can we use the PIE Abacus with PIEs 1? HERE