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Media release October 14, 2014

Proud Sponsors of the 2014 New Zealand Open Source Awards

The New Zealand Open Source awards are a biennial event to promote, recognise and celebrate 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 organisations is also recognised.

These awards could not happen without the generous support of our sponsors. Every two years, a group of organisations who recognise the importance of free and open source to New Zealand and the world support these awards through their sponsorship.

Catalyst are once again delighted to be the main organisers and Platinum sponsors of the awards.  Don Christie, Director of Catalyst and the chair of the NZOSA judging panel states “As New Zealand's and Australasia's leading open source company Catalyst and our clients benefit hugely from the generosity of spirit that is represented by the open source software community. These awards are an acknowledgement of that spirit and one small way in which we can recognise and promote the open source software community in general.”

InternetNZ, the other Platinum sponsor, said “As a voice, a helping hand and a guide to the Internet for all New Zealanders we wholeheartedly support open source. The generosity and innovative spirit of open source represents the best of the Internet.  It is a great honour for us to be associated with such a wonderful evening.

Sigurd Magnusson, one of the founders of Gold sponsor SilverStripe, says “as strong advocates of open source software we are proud to sponsors the 2014 NZ Open Source Awards. SilverStripe was founded in New Zealand in 2000, we first open sourced our CMS software in 2006 and have continued to help push awareness and adoption for open source ever since.”

.nz Registry Services, the other Gold sponsor says “at NZRS, the folks behind operation of .nz, we are keen supporters of open source developments and proud to share in the recognition of projects and software that build on open source philosophies. It is exciting to see and contribute to the level of innovation and collaboration that open source engenders. Our congratulations go out to all the finalists.”

Silver sponsors IITP notes “IITP is a strong supporter of both open source and recognising excellence, so we're proud to be supporting the NZ Open Source Awards. The awards recognise the massive contribution New Zealand's diverse open source community makes and we're very happy to be part of it.”

Steve Cotter, CEO of REANNZ and Silver Sponsor, states "we are keenly aware of the importance of open source software in the research and education sector.  Our constituency and the network that we operate benefit greatly from the work of the community.  We are happy to stand with the other sponsors in support of open source software that is created and supported in New Zealand."

Dragonfly Data Science, one of the Bronze sponsors says “we are scientists by training, specialising in data analysis. Openness is integral to the scientific process. Data analysis should be reproducible, so that given the same data and the same software, another researcher can reproduce the results. Open source software supports this reproducible approach, and we recommend it to all researchers and analysts.
Open data makes the results of scientific research available to the broader community, gaining more efficiency from public funding, and building trust in any analyses which use the data.”

The NZOSS a bronze sponsor is delighted to sponsor Catalyst's 2014 NZ Open Source Awards. The President, Dave Lane says “There's a rich but often under-recognised free and open source software community in NZ, and we're thrilled to see some of the great contributors and projects recognised for their passion and creativity. I look forward to the ceremony celebrating the talent and efforts of the many worthy nominees, finalists, and winners."

NZOSA would like to thank all the nominators, congratulate the finalists and thank our sponsors and the wider open source community for their ongoing support of this event.

Full Sponsors list for 2014

Catalyst - Platinum
InternetNZ - Platinum
.nz Registry Services - Gold
SilverStripe - Gold
IITP - Silver          
REANNZ - Silver
Rabid - Silver
Dragonfly Data Science - Bronze
NZOSS - Bronze
NZRise - Bronze
 

Media release 22 Septmber 2014

Finalists announced

The judges have completed their review of the many projects and individuals nominated for awards this year, and have announced the finalists for each category.  

“The standard this year has been very high, in some categories it was nearly impossible to pick the finalists as there were so many great nominations.”

“We are looking forward to announcing the winners at the gala dinner in November, when New Zealand's open source community will come together to celebrate the achievements of the projects and people who make such a great contribution,” said Don Christie, chair of the judging panel.

Open Source use in Government
Auckland city council Makerspace
Common web platform
DigitalNZ
Totara Government User Group

Open Source use in Business
DiamondMind
Piwik
Scoop Independent News

Open Sourse use in Education
Catalyst Open Source Academy
Makerspace in Dunedin
WEKA Data Mining project

Open Source Contributor
Andrew Bartlett
Kristina Hoeppner's contributions to Mahara
Randall Britten for Auckland Bioengineering Institute open source software

Open Source Software Project
FYI.org.nz - NZ Official Information Act Requests
Koha Library Software project
Loomio - Open Source App for Collaborative Decision-Making

Open Source in Social Services
City Housing Computer Hubs
UC CEISMIC programme
Wikiproject New Zealand

Open Science award
Auckland Bioengineering Institute of open source software
Global Marine Environmental Datasets
WEKA Data mining project

Open Arts award
19 Tory St
Birgit Bachler's exhibition copy wildly
Douglas Bagnall for the Recur project

People's choice
Andrew Caudwell's contribution to data visualization
Chris Forbes for contributions to Mesa 3D OpenGL
Damian Mooyman contribution to Silverstripe
Dragonfly Science for their commitment to open data
FYI.org.nz - NZ Official Information Act Requests
Loomio
Rob Elshire

Sponsors

The organisers of the NZOSA are please to confirm that once again InternetNZ has agreed to be a Platinum sponsor of the of the event.

We would also like to thank are other sponsors.
Gold - .nz registry services and SilverStripe
Silver - Institute of IT Professionals, REANNZ, Rabid,
Bronze - Dragonfly, NZOSS.  

Institute of IT Professionals is also the category sponsor for Open Source in Education.

Clinton Bedogni Prize for Open Systems

Once again The University of Auckland Department of Computer science is presenting the Clinton Bedgoni prize for open systems at the NZOSA gala dinner.  More details and nomination forms are available at https://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/our_department/Clinton_Bedogni/

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Clinton Bedogni Prize for Open Systems

The biennial Clinton Bedogni Prize for Open Systems, administered by The University of Auckland’s Department of Computer Science, will once again be announced at the New Zealand Open Source Awards gala dinner being held on in Wellington on Wednesday 12 November 2014.

The Clinton Bedogni Prize for Open Systems will be awarded to the New Zealand individual (whether  from academia or industry) who has made the greatest contribution to the field of Open Systems in the past two years. The definition of Open Systems will be broadly interpreted and refers to interoperable  systems with standards‐based and well documented framework of functionality and interfaces – not necessarily, but preferably, Free and Open Source.  

This Prize is envisaged to distinguish and encourage New Zealanders working in this field.

Full details about the award and application forms are available on the website
https://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/our_department/Clinton_Bedogni/
 

 

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 awards@nzosa.org.nz

Sponsors

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 sponsors@nzosa.org.nz 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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