NZOSA Finalists Part 2: Open Source Use in Business

NZOSA Finalists Part 2: Open Source Use in Business

Over the next two months we'll be featuring the finalists from each category in the 2021 New Zealand Open Source Awards, preceding the February 2022 gala dinner and award announcements. Congratulations to all the finalists, and we look forward to celebrating all your valuable work at the gala dinner!

Open Source Use in Business
Whakamahi Pūmanawa Herekore i te Pakihi

Shane Alcock and The OpenLI Project(external link)

OpenLI is the world's only open source software for Lawful Interception (LI). LI is the process where law enforcement agencies with a warrant or court order can require telecommunications operators to selectively wiretap individual subscribers and pass the subscriber’s communications to the law enforcement agency.

This project has enabled all ISPs to be able to meet requirements of New Zealand's TICSA (Telecommunications Interception Capability and Security Act ) legislation without the need to spend massive amounts on vendor specific solutions.

Using Open Source provides confidence to network operators and their subscribers that the system is doing what it should. Only traffic covered by the warrant is being intercepted and the intercepted traffic is forwarded solely to the law enforcement agency that requested it, not to any other third-parties.

OpenLI is developed by the WAND network research group at the University of Waikato. The project has been sponsored by a range of Internet Service Providers and related companies in New Zealand. The project is run by Richard Nelson. Lead developer is Shane Alcock.

Te Hiku Media(external link) and Whare Kōrero(external link)

Whare Kōrero is an API, website, and now an app built and used by Te Hiku Media to make te reo Māori and Māori content available to all.

Whare Kōrero allows a way for Māori content to be created, curated, and delivered to people that would otherwise be unable to access it. It gets local stories out, and keeps local mita (dialects) alive.

It is all built on open source software and is now being used by other iwi radio stations. Using this technology, Te Hiku have recently released an app that allows people to listen to and watch content from all the Iwi radio and TV stations in one place.

A significant step towards helping to nurture the taonga that is te reo Māori.

Thom Toogood(external link) and Lagoon(external link)

Lagoon is an Open Source delivery platform for Kubernetes, developed by Lagoon equips developers with better deployment processes, the freedom of local development, and the flexibility of a Docker-based environment.

The platform continuously evolves with new features, functionality, and contributions from the open source community. It is also compatible with any open source framework.

Thom has been instrumental in growing into a global Open Source company and establishing’s presence in New Zealand. He has also been one of the founding members of the DrupalSouth committee over the last two years. Thom truly understands open source, and has spoken of his belief that though we in the open source world may work for different companies, we’re actually all on the same team. He brings his enthusiasm for the movement to every project and works to guide and promote open source adoption throughout the APAC region.


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