University Earthquake Archive wins national award

13 November 2014

UC's CEISMIC Canterbury Earthquake digital archive last night won the Open Source in Social Services award at the New Zealand Open Source Awards ceremony.

The University of Canterbury’s CEISMIC Canterbury Earthquake digital archive last night won the Open Source in Social Services award at the New Zealand Open Source Awards ceremony at Te Papa in Wellington.

The CEISMIC Canterbury Earthquake digital archive is a cultural heritage project established at the University of Canterbury for the long-term preservation of the images and events relating to the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.

The New Zealand Open Source awards recognise and celebrate users of free and open source technology to change the way people and organisations collaborate and innovate to achieve common goals.

Professor Paul Millar, the director of the CEISMIC earthquake archive, says the award recognises the enduring commitment to cooperation and collaboration, which has been a major factor in CEISMIC’s success.

"As we’re creating a free and open archive for the purposes of commemoration, teaching and research, it’s natural that we prefer to use open source technology wherever possible.

"A number of projects and contributors from across the country received awards in a diverse array of categories. The judges said the depth and breadth of achievement by the New Zealand open source community, both locally and internationally, was nothing short of impressive.

"This award is a credit to what is being achieve at the University of Canterbury and great to be recognised among such a strong field of entries,’’ Professor Millar says.

Other finalists in the Open Source in Social Services category were City Housing Computer Hubs and WikiProject New Zealand.

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