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The NZ Open Source Awards 2012 celebrate the acceptance and importance of open source software in mainstream IT.

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Friday 8 June, 2012


Clinton Bedogni Prize for Open Systems – last chance for entries

9 October 2012

The biennial Clinton Bedogni Prize for Open Systems, proudly administered by The University of Auckland’s Department of Computer Science, will be announced at the New Zealand Open Source Awards 2012 gala event on Wednesday 7 November in Wellington.

Endowed by the Bedogni family, the Clinton Bedogni Prize recognises world-class work in open systems and open source projects and research. It is designed to reward the New Zealander from industry or academia who has made the greatest contribution to open systems in the past two years.

There is still a chance to take part in the competition, and entries are welcome until the closing date of 31 October 2012.

“This year’s entries represent the best of the best,” says organiser Professor Robert Amor from the Department of Computer Science. “As a prestigious event that celebrates New Zealand’s high calibre of free and open source software development, the New Zealand Open Source Awards is a very appropriate occasion to announce the winner.”

“It was a great honour to receive the Clinton Bedogni Prize. New Zealand has a strong open source community and I look forward to finding out who will be the next recipient of the prize,” says Robert O’Callahan, who won the inaugural prize in 2010 for his contributions to Mozilla Firefox and open web standards. At the time of his award Mr O’Callahan had been a contributor to the Mozilla project for more than ten years and established Mozilla’s Auckland development office.

The biennial Clinton Bedogni Prize was established through a gift from the Bedogni family in memory of Clinton Bedogni. Clinton had a deep passion for computers and an intense interest and capability in Linux-based systems. The family’s gift also supports in perpetuity the Clinton Bedogni Fellowship in Open Systems Research in the Department of Computer Science.

The Clinton Bedogni Prize is open to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents, as individuals. The definition of Open Systems used for the prize is 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.

For more information, including the application form, visit: www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/our_department/Clinton_Bedogni


Open Science Award for NZOSA

Media Release - 29 August 2012

New Zealand eScience Infrastructure is the inaugural Open Science Award Sponsor

For the first time, the 2012 New Zealand Open Source Awards will include a category recognizing the importance of science to the wider community. The Open Science Award will be awarded to the outstanding use of free and open source software to make scientific research and data accessible to all.

This new category highlights that open licensing for research, software and data fosters cooperation and creates real value in the research sector. The New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI) anticipates this award will highlight leadership by New Zealand researchers applying open licensing and open approaches in their research.

"NeSI is delighted to be part of the awards," says Nick Jones, Director of NeSI.

"We work everyday with researchers who are creating and applying openly licensed software and data to their research, and know first hand the impact it can have as we use, contribute to and create open source software ourselves."

New Zealanders are invited to nominate scientists who participate in open science for the award, including those who apply open licensing to their software, data, and publications or who have applied openly licensed software, data, and publications to achieve significant research results.

Open source software is often a strong enabler of science. There are global leaders originating from New Zealand, such as the well known R programming language. R began its life at The University of Auckland, received special recognition at last year's awards and is used by hundreds of thousands of researchers worldwide.

Nominations for the general awards close at midnight on October 4, 2012. Nominations for the People's Choice Award will then run from October 12 until midnight October 26.

The Awards ceremony will be held on November 7, 2012.


Internet New Zealand backs Open Source Awards

Media Release - 2 August 2012

The organisers of the New Zealand Open Source Awards are pleased to announce that Internet New Zealand has been confirmed as a Platinum sponsor of the event. 

Internet New Zealand Chief Executive Vikram Kumar says the organisation is proud to be supporting the Open Source Awards, noting that the vision of a free and uncaptureable Internet depends in large measure on open source software.

“Much of the Internet has been built with open source tools and principles. Internet New Zealand recognises the critical role that open source developers and contributors have made and continue to make to the Internet and wider New Zealand society,” he says. 

The Open Source Awards will be held on Wednesday 7 November in Wellington. The Awards are designed to raise awareness of free and open source software, recognising the contributions of New Zealanders to the open source philosophy and exemplary use of open source by New Zealand organisations.

A number of nominations have been submitted across nine Award categories. For the 2012 Awards a new category has been introduced – 'Open Source in Social Services'. This is shaping up to be a popular category, having already received five nominations for three different projects. 

Other categories in this year's awards are: Open Source Use in Government, Open Source Use in Business, Open Source Use in Education, Open Source Use in The Arts, Open Source Software Project, Open Source Contributor, Open Science Award and the Open Source People's Choice Award.

This year marks the fourth time that the awards have been held. Previous winners have included open source website developer Silverstripe, online services firm Ponoko and Radio New Zealand.

Catalyst IT is the Award’s other Platinum sponsor. Gold sponsors are the New Zealand Open Source Society and Open Systems Specialists. Other sponsors include Egressive and Rabid Tech.

More information about the Awards, including nomination forms, is available at http://nzosa.org.nz 

For more information contact:

Jason Ryan jason@catalyst.net.nz

04-803 239 or 027 244 7081

Internet New Zealand backs Open Source Awards

Media Release - 2 August 2012

The organisers of the New Zealand Open Source Awards are pleased to announce that Internet New Zealand has been confirmed as a Platinum sponsor of the event. 

Internet New Zealand Chief Executive Vikram Kumar says the organisation is proud to be supporting the Open Source Awards, noting that the vision of a free and uncaptureable Internet depends in large measure on open source software.

“Much of the Internet has been built with open source tools and principles. Internet New Zealand recognises the critical role that open source developers and contributors have made and continue to make to the Internet and wider New Zealand society,” he says. 

The Open Source Awards will be held on Wednesday 7 November in Wellington. The Awards are designed to raise awareness of free and open source software, recognising the contributions of New Zealanders to the open source philosophy and exemplary use of open source by New Zealand organisations.

A number of nominations have been submitted across nine Award categories. For the 2012 Awards a new category has been introduced – 'Open Source in Social Services'. This is shaping up to be a popular category, having already received five nominations for three different projects. 

Other categories in this year's awards are: Open Source Use in Government, Open Source Use in Business, Open Source Use in Education, Open Source Use in The Arts, Open Source Software Project, Open Source Contributor, Open Science Award and the Open Source People's Choice Award.

This year marks the fourth time that the awards have been held. Previous winners have included open source website developer Silverstripe, online services firm Ponoko and Radio New Zealand.

Catalyst IT is the Award’s other Platinum sponsor. Gold sponsors are the New Zealand Open Source Society and Open Systems Specialists. Other sponsors include Egressive and Rabid Tech.

More information about the Awards, including nomination forms, is available at http://nzosa.org.nz 

For more information contact:

Jason Ryan jason@catalyst.net.nz

04-803 239 or 027 244 7081

Nominations for 2012 New Zealand Open Source Awards Open

Friday 8 June, 2012

Nominations for the 2012 New Zealand Open Source Awards are officially open. On November 7, in Wellington, New Zealand's open source community will gather 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.

The last awards, held in 2010, celebrated a wide range of people and organizations that made a significant impact in their sectors or communities with open source. Winners included Ponoko, Silverstripe, Albany Senior High School and IRD.

Nominations for the 2012 awards are open for the best use of open source in the following categories: the Arts, Business, Education, Government, Science, and Social Services. There are also individual awards for: Best Project and Best Contributor and the People's Choice Award.

This year, the panel of judges is comprised of Dave Moskovitz, Dr. Fabiana Kubke, Francois Maurier, Dave Lane, Dr. Brenda Chawner, Austen Sinclair and Paul Seiler. The judging panel is chaired by Jason Ryan.

All of the details, and an online nomination form, are on the website: http://nzosa.org.nz/

Nominations close on: 1 October 2012

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