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2014 NZOSA Nominations In

Once again, there has been a slew of talented people and impressive projects for the  New Zealand Open Source Awards 2014.

Judges are now sifting through the nominations and will announce the finalists on 22 September.

The “People's Choice” award will be added to the website shortly and you will have an opportunity to vote the project that you think is most deserving of recognition and acclaim.

This year, the gala dinner, a wonderful opportunity for the open source community to get together and celebrate their collective achievements is being held at Te Marae at Te Papa on Wednesday 12 November 2014.

Come along and help celebrate the free and open source philosophy and outstanding projects, contributors and organisations within New Zealand.

Tickets are $45 and can be ordered by contacting


A big thank you to the organisations that have currently confirmed their sponsorship of this years event.  If you still wish to be part of the sponsorship program contact for details of packages available, it is not to late.


Nominations Open for 2014 New Zealand Open Source Awards

Tuesday 6 May

Nominations for the 2014 New Zealand Open Source Awards are officially open.

The New Zealand Open Source Awards are designed to recognise and promote
the contributions of New Zealanders to free and open source projects and free and open source philosophy
exemplary use of free and open source by New Zealand organisations.

The last awards, held in 2012, celebrated a wide range of people and organizations that made a significant impact in their sectors or communities with open source. Winners included Piwik, GNS Science and Totara LMS.

Nominations for the 2014 awards are open for the best use of open source in the following categories: Business, Education, Government, Art and Science and Social Services. There are also awards for: Best Project and Best Contributor.  All finalists are then entered into the People's Choice Award.

This year, the panel of judges is comprised of Dr. Fabiana Kubke, Francois Marier, Dave Lane, Dr. Brenda Chawner, Brenda Wallace, Amber Craig and David Nind. The judging panel is chaired by Donald Christie.

The New Zealand's open source community will gather on Wednesday November 12th to celebrate those businesses, projects and individuals that have been recognized by their peers as representing the best open source endeavours over the last two years

Enter a nomination via the Nomination Form

Nominations close on: 1 July 2014


The free and open source story - in New Zealand and around the world - is one that people want to hear.

Free and open source technology promises to deliver new opportunities for collaboration and innovation within the New Zealand public and private sectors.

This year's Awards will bring to the fore some of the outstanding work done with free and open source by New Zealanders and for New Zealanders, focusing on achievements over the last two years.


The winners of the 2012 New Zealand Open Source Awards were announced at a gala dinner in Wellington last night.

8 November, 2012

The winners for each category were:

  • Open Source Use in Government: GNS Science for GeoNet Rapid, a state of the art, fast and innovative earthquake location and information system that is a key component of the GeoNet Project.
  • Open Source Use in Business: Totara Learning Management System, the open source corporate learning platform.
  • Open Source Use in Education:  Manaiakalani the digital access programme in nine of Auckland's lowest decile schools.
  • Open Source Use in The Arts:  Whisper Down The Lane, the open source art project for The Obstinate Object: Contemporary New Zealand Sculpture at the City Gallery Wellington in 2012.
  • The National eScience Infrastructure Open Science Award: GNS Science for their Data Policy and Services, the policy for all data including seismic wave form data as well as derived data, such as the catalogue of earthquake locations made by the GeoNet Project.
  • Open Source Software Project: Piwik: the open source web analytics software.
  • Open Source Contributor: Grant McLean, for contributions to Perl and the wider open source community.
  • Open Source in Social Services: (JOINT WINNERS) Soup Hub and Wellington City Council's Housing Computer Hubs, for using open source to enable the most vulnerable and impoverished access to Internet and related technologies.
  • The ZaReason People's Choice award*:  Sofa Statistics, a powerful open-source and cross-platform statistical analysis and reporting application.

(* The People's Choice Award  winner also receives a ZaReason ZaTab Android tablet computer.)

  • Special Award: Promoting Open Culture: The Warrington School for the Ubuntu Room, a low-powered community radio station that runs on Open Source software and plays only Creative Commons licensed music.
Also announced on the night was the University of Auckland's Department of Computer Science $2000 Clinton Bedogni Memorial Prize for Open Systems. The winner of the 2012 prize was François Marier.
This is an impressive list of New Zealand's open source community, and it represents a cross-section of what is a thriving technical, social and creative sector.
“The calibre of the nominations meant that there were strong contenders in every category. And while all of the finalists were worthy of recognition, the judges unanimously agreed that the winners in each category were the stand out projects or people,” Jason Ryan, chair of the judging panel said.

Finalists for the New Zealand Open Source Awards Announced

31 October, 2012

The finalists for the 2012 New Zealand Open Source Awards have been announced. The final award winners will be announced at the Gala Dinner in Wellington on November 7.

Chair of the judging panel Jason Ryan, from Catalyst IT, said the judges were impressed by the range and quality of the nominations.

“The quality and consistency of the nominations this year presented the judges with a welcome problem: how to decide which of these projects and people to recognize on the night.

The depth and breadth of achievement by the New Zealand open source community, both locally and internationally, is nothing short of impressive. We are fortunate to have so many people here using open source technology and philosophy to deliver amazing technical, social and creative projects.

“Ultimately, though, we have to narrow down a list of nominations to recognize on the night and we have agreed that the following people and projects comprise the finalists for the 2012 New Zealand Open Source Awards.”

  • Government: Central Agencies Shared Services use of Koha Library Management System, GNS Science for GeoNet Rapid, Piwik.
  • Business: Fulcrum, Piwik and Totara LMS.
  • Education: the Catalyst Academy, Manaiakalani, Warrington School for the Ubuntu Room.
  • Arts:the Big Idea, Daniel Reurich for the Open Source Organ Refit, Whisper Down The Lane.
  • Software Project: NIWA for Cylc, Piwik, Sofa Statistics.
  • Open Source Contributor: Michael Kerrisk, Grant McLean, Simon Welsh.
  • Social Services: EQNZ for the Christchurch Earthquake Ushahidi, SoupHub, Wellington City Council for Housing Computer Hubs.
  • Open Science: Computational Evolution Group for BEAST, GNS Science for their GeoNet Data Policy, NIWA for Cylc.

There will be two other awards announced on the night, the People's Choice Award and the University of Auckland's Department of Computer Science will present the Clinton Bedogni Prize for Open Systems,” Jason Ryan said.

The judges for the 2012 New Zealand Open Source Awards are: Dr Brenda Chawner, Victoria University Wellington; Dr Fabiana Kubke, Auckland University; Dave Lane, Egressive; Francois Marier, Mozilla; Dave Moskovitz, Webfund; Paul Seiler, ETC Limited; Austen Sinclair, Inland Revenue Department.


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