Inbox : Software superstars

The NZ Open Source Awards 2010 celebrated and rewarded the best and most innovative in New Zealand’s open source software at gala event on November 9 attended by more than 200 people at the Intercontinental Wellington.
The Catalyst Lifetime Achievement in Open Source Award was given to University of Auckland associate professor of statistics Dr Ross Ihaka. Ihaka is one of the originators of the world-renowned ‘R’ programming language and software environment for statistical computing and graphics.
The New Zealand Open Source Awards are run by open source IT firm Catalyst IT.
Other winners were:
• Open Source in Government, IRD’s use of Moodle.
• Open Source in Education, Albany Senior High School.
• Open Source Use in Business, Ponoko.
• Open Source Use in the Arts, Ghosts in the Form of Gifts (Te Papa).
• Open Source Project, SilverStripe.
• Open Source Advocate, Linux.conf.au 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 contributions to Mozilla Firefox and open web standards.

For further information, see the NZ Open Source Awards website www.nzosa.org.nz.

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