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Open Source Society hands out awards

Paul Brislen, Editor. 27 October 2016, 6:51 am

The gongs were handed out earlier this week at the New Zealand Open Source Society's (NZOSS) annual Awards ceremony.

The NZOSS is a non-profit organisation set up to "protect, advocate and advance" the use of open source software in New Zealand.

Awards were given in several categories including Government (which went to Digital NZ, an initiative to help users find and share New Zealand digital content), Business (which went to open source stalwart Catalyst for its Cloud service), Education (won by the Wellington City Council for its computing hubs aimed at council tenants) and Arts, which went to Massey University for its Make/Use programme aimed at making "zero waste garments".

Other awards included Science, which went to the The Cacophony Project, for applying modern IT tools to the problem of eradicating rats, stoats and possums from New Zealand.

Open Source Contributor: Eileen McNaughton for her contribution to CiviCRM.

The People's Choice Award went jointly to Brent Wood for services to geospatial open source,  and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Priv-O-Matic.

A Special Award was issued to Michael Kerrisk for his work on the Linux Man Pages Project

Also announced on the night was the University of Auckland's Department of Computer Science Clinton Bedogni Prize for Open Systems which went to security researcher Peter Gutmann.

Jason Ryan, chair of the judging panel, said "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 those most deserving of recognition for their contributions."


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