Open Source Awards open for entries

New Open Science category introduced for fourth New Zealand Open Source Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the fourth New Zealand Open Source Awards.

Sponsored by companies in the local open source community, the awards have been running since 2007. They “work to raise awareness of the free and open source advantage for New Zealand by telling powerful success stories based on real achievements that are already making a difference for our country,” say organisers on the awards website.

Award categories recognise outstanding use of free open-source software in the public sector, the private sector, education, the arts and social services – including charities and community organisations.

There is also a software project award for “the free and open source software that has had the biggest positive impact on New Zealand in the past two years” and one for the individual or organisation making the most outstanding contribution to one or several open source projects.

New to the list of categories is the Open Science Award. This recognises the outstanding use of free and open source software and/or the Creative Commons framework “to make scientific research and data accessible to all”.

Winners for these categories will be chosen by a panel of judges from the open source community and academia.

Lastly, there is a People’s Choice award, decided by general vote. This “recognises the individual or organisation that the free and open source community at large feels is worthy of public acknowledgement.”

The 2012 awards will be presented at a “gala event” to be held in Wellington in November.

No firm closing date has been set yet for entries but they usually close off about September, says Don Christie, director at sponsor Catalyst IT.

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