Free and Open Source Projects in New Zealand

The NZOSS presents the following list of Free and Open Source projects that have a strong degree of 'home-grown' content. By this we meant to say that the project was born in New Zealand; is largely driven by New Zealanders or has an otherwise significant contribution by New Zealanders. This is by no means an exhaustive list, we'd love to hear from you if you're aware of one that we've missed. Similarly, if one of the below (or another project you're aware of) is worthy of some recognition, consider submitting a nomination for the New Zealand Open Source Awards the next time nominations are called for.
  • The Amberdms Billing System is an open-source web application providing accounting, invoicing, service management and time management functions, designed for small and medium businesses.

    Lead developer is Jethro Carr one of Wellington's leading lights in the FOSS and LUG community.



    * Provides full double-entry accounting.
    * Simple UI makes it easy to create invoices and handle finances
    * Ability to export information to CSV or PDF formats

    Time Keeping

  • Bond is a rapid application development framework for building database applications. Bond uses a XML file for defining widget layout and database interactions. Bond dynamically populates widgets making them data-aware automatically at run time, removing the need for writing code to populate and manage GTK widgets.

  • Docvert - some kiwi software to convert word documents to webpages

    Website admins are often given the tedious task of converting Word documents into webpages.

    Docvert takes word processor files (typically Microsoft's .DOC) and converts them to OpenDocument and webpages. It's easy to use, and developers can build formatting rulesets with XSLT or PHP. The software is free and runs on Windows, Linux and Apple OSX. It follows Web Standards, and adheres the E-Government Web Standards.

  • Docvert takes office documents and quickly turns them into standards-compliant web pages, something that most organisations struggle with everyday. Started by Matthew Holloway, Docvert has been picked up by the US-based Public Knowledge Project, which is dedicated to improving the scholarly and public quality of research. Docvert helps non-technical editors and authors put their work online, significantly increasing global access to knowledge and academic research. Docvert is also in use by a number of government agencies keen to ensure long documents are highly accessible on their websites.

  • Emusic/J is a project initiated by New Zealander Robin Sheat. An open source music downloader, Emusic/J has received financial support from classical music distributor Naxos and is the official music downloader for ClassicsOnline.

  • eXe is an award winning authoring application to assist teachers and academics in the publishing of web content without the need to become proficient in HTML or XML markup.

  • Gerris Flow Solver is a very different software project but one in use around the world by scientists and engineers working in the field of fluid dynamics. It stands out in this field as an open source offering amongst a number of strong commercial packages, providing anyone with the curiosity and enthusiasm to explore fluid behaviours with a rich toolset. Its modular design means Gerris will continue to expand with a growing community of developers continuing to improve the core product.

  • GeSHi is what it says on the box: a generic syntax highlighter. And an award-winning one at that. It started life in New Zealand as a project of Nigel McNie and has since attracted numerous contributors who have added support for dozens of programming languages.

  • Greenstone is a suite of multilingual software for building and distributing digital library collections. Produced at the University of Waikato, the project has been developed and distributed through UNESCO and the Human Info organisation.

  • OnlineGroups.Net has been providing custom collaborative sites for some five years, while methodically improving the GroupServer platform they run on. 2008 saw a milestone release of GroupServer – software that powers Steven Clift's Minnesota-based community issues forums. The core team have invested considerable effort in making GroupServer scale to support large online groups, similar to Yahoo! or Google Groups.

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