NZ's IT contenders picked

World Summit contenders to include Fonterra, Te Ara and HIT Lab NZ

New Zealand has chosen its contenders for the ICT awards attached to the World Summit on the Information Society, whose second major session is due to take place later this year in Tunis.

The World Summit Awards (WSA) will be given in eight categories. New Zealand’s chosen entries are:

- Fonterra’s farming supplier website, Fencepost.com, in the e-business category;

- Te Ara — The Encyclopedia of New Zealand for e-culture;

- In e-entertainment, the eyeMagic project at the University of Canterbury's HIT Lab NZ. This ongoing research project explores the application of “augmented reality technology” to project digitally generated 3D views onto children's books;

- For e-government, the Treaty of Waitangi Information Unit;

- In e-health, SaferSleep, designed to assist anaesthetists in administering drugs safely and creating an integrated and accurate patient record;

- Lomak, the Light-Operated Mouse and Keyboard, in the “e-inclusion” category, devoted to allowing minorities (in this case disabled people) to access computer technology more easily;

- He Puia he Iwi, a set of books, a CD and a website aimed at instilling social responsibility, especially between races, in the e-learning category. “The aim of the resource is to get people to act in ways which contribute to their personal well being, the well being of others and society as a whole,” says the entry’s brief.

- Stellar shape measurement by a gravitational lens in the e-science division. This project, a collaboration between NZ and Japanese astronomers, interprets the way the gravitational field of intervening celestial bodies bend the light from a star being observed, so as to heighten the resolution of the star’s image.

In the previous WSA round two years ago, New Zealand was one of only two countries to win two awards, along with China.

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