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.
  • SOFA Statistics is a statistics, analysis, and reporting application with an emphasis on ease of use, learn as you go, and beautiful output.  SOFA Statistics produces web-friendly reports ready to share, and works with data entered directly into the program, or stored in a range of databases and spreadsheets.

  • This project started life as an artwork installation at Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts in Manukau City. Turning drawings on paper into video games, Douglas Bagnall has released Te Tuhi under the GPL and partially ported it to the One Laptop Per Child XO platform. While the project is still a work in progress, it demonstrates to kids of all ages a whole new way to interact and understand the computer. Using Creative Commons sounds, open source tools and running on Linux, Te Tuhi adds to Douglas' portfolio of creative uses of free software.

  • The Kiaora Project provides a large number of Open Source programs for Windows that you might wish to have handy when fixing friend's computers and although many of these programs are on TheOpenCD, almost as many are not.

  • TheOpenDisc Project collects a wide selection of high quality Free and Open Source Software (for the Windows Platform) and makes them available in a single CD image. A project derived from the original OpenCD project, the software provided covers most of the major/common tasks undertaken, such as word processing, presentations, e-mail, web browsing, web design, and image manipulation. A branch of the project is known as the OpenEducationDisc and provides tools of particular value to the education sector.

  • The web Curator Tool is a collaborative effort by the National Library of New Zealand and the British Library designed to manage the kind of selective web harvesting undertaken by libraries and other collecting organisations seeking to preserve online digital content.

  • webERP is a cloud-based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) tool. It provides a complete web based accounting and business management system that requires only a web-browser and pdf reader to use. It has a wide range of features suitable for many businesses particularly distributed businesses requiring multi-currency and multi location inventory in wholesale, distribution and manufacturing. The feature set is continually expanding as new businesses and developers adopt it. There are now translations into 20 languages.

  • Weka is another New Zealand open source project to come out of a research environment. In this case Waikato University’s Machine Learning Group. It is a world-class tool for exploring and extracting information from data. And a hugely popular one at that, with some 20-30,000 downloads per month from SourceForge over recent years. According to one nomination from Israel, Weka is the de facto standard in the machine learning community, used not because it is free, but because it is the best.

  • Knowledge creation is a key driver of sustainable economic growth in New Zealand, and wikis are playing an increasing role in this largely collaborative activity. Wikipublisher is a unique open source project, with an avid following overseas, that turns online wiki content into beautifully typeset pages. By creating knowledge online first, Wikipublisher makes it instantly and widely accessible, while providing high quality printable documents that many prefer to read.

  • Xinha is a well-regarded WYSIWYG HTML editor component for use in web browsers. By being highly configurable and extensible, Xinha makes it straightforward to build just the right editor for the job to hand in your web application.