Open source awards celebrate acceptance in mainstream IT

Lifetime achievement award to R creator Ross Ihaka

The IRD, the software development firm Silverstripe and Te Papa were among the winners at the NZ Open Source Awards 2010 held in Wellington last night.

Judge Nathan Torkington says this year’s awards were notable for the diversity of the winners, with open source now being available to school children, taxpayers, crafts people and historians.

Among the winners were the IRD for the Moodle online learning system, Silverstripe for its New Zealand-made CMS that has been downloaded more than 325,000 times internationally, and Te Papa for its use of open source technologies and design to recreate the museum’s photographs and drawings.

Fellow judge Kiwiblog creator David Farrar says open source is “not so much about price or availability, but about innovation and about the ability to take what others have done, customise it and then share that with others”.

The Catalyst Lifetime Achievement in Open Source Award was given to University of Auckland Associate Professor of Statistics Dr Ross Ihaka for being one of the originators of ‘R”, a statistical program that has global significance (see Computerworld article about R earlier this year).

The list of winners is:

Open Source in Government

IRD’s use of Moodle

Open Source in Education

Albany Senior High School

Open Source Use in Business


Open Source Use in the Arts

Ghosts in the Form of Gifts – Te Papa

Open Source Project


Open Source Advocate organisers Andrew and Suzanne Ruthvern

Open Source Contributor

Tabitha Roder for One Laptop per Child

People’s Choice

Amie McCarron for the Alcoholics Anonymous NZ websites

The University of Auckland Clinton Bedogni Prize for Open Systems

Rob O'Callahan for his significant contributions to Mozilla Firefox and open web standards

The Catalyst Lifetime Achievement in Open Source Award

Dr. Ross Ihaka, for the ‘R’ statistical programing and graphics language

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