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Kiwiblog creator David Farrar has joined the judging panel for the New Zealand Open Source Awards 2010.
Nominations are now open for the awards and winners will be announced at a gala ceremony in Wellington on November 9.
The amateur blogger and professional pollster rounds off the judging panel. The full line-up, beyond Mr Farrar:
Rachel Hamilton-Williams: Recently-appointed president of the NZOSS
(New Zealand Open Source Society); General manager of Katipo
Nat Torkington: Kiwi Foo Camp organiser; board member for InternetNZ, Silverstripe, and The Perl Foundation; founder of open.org.nz.
Richard Wyles: Director, Flexible Learning Network/Mahara; InternetNZ Councillor
Dave Moskovitz: Chairman of WebFund; serial entrepreneur; angel investor; InternetNZ Councillor; tohunga rorohiko; computational linguist; and hacker (in its original sense)
Amber Craig: Senior mobile engineer for Telecom with Solutions Plus!; Wellington GeekGirl Dinner organiser; gadgets and geeks evangelist; Electronics in Crafts organiser
Don Christie: Director of Catalyst; Past president of NZOSS (New Zealand Open Source Society); InternetNZ Councillor
“I think we take for granted the many great open source developments made by Kiwis and the Awards play a significant role in recognising those achievements and promoting the overall profile of open source software," Mr Farrar said.
“I'm a big believer in choice and specifically informed choice. Too many people make software decisions based on their familiarity with relatively few products and solutions. Raising the profile of open source software helps consumers make more informed decisions.”
Two new awards: People's Choice, Arts
This year the Open Source Awards will focus on projects and developments of the last two years and two new categories have been launched to reflect the trends visible in open source communities in New Zealand. With eight categories in total, the two new awards are: ‘Open Source Use in The Arts’ and ‘Open Source People's Choice Award’.
Awards judge and director of Catalyst IT, the Awards organiser, Don Christie said: "We wanted to keep the awards current and there has been a surge in use of open source and free software and tools in an array of arts in the last two years.
“It’s also important that the Awards mirror the philosophy of open source software, so we chose to launch a ‘People's Choice Award’ this year. The whole open source community, and anyone else who is interested, can vote for the people and projects they think are most worthy from a shortlist of nominations compiled by the judges.”
Nominations are now open and will close on 15 September, 2010. Entrants can be nominated or nominate themselves at www.nzosa.org.nz.
Open source software is underpinned by the twin philosophies of free distribution, and developers communally working on updates. Companies such as Mr Christie's Catalyst - which runs the awards - make their living from service contracts around open source software installations.