The name of the six finalists for the ASAP awards
Backed by major sponsors like Google, PLOS and the Wellcome Trust, and a number of other organisations, this award seeks to “build awareness and encourage the use of scientific research — published through Open Access — in transformative ways.”
One of the finalists is Mat Todd for his participation in the Global Collaboration to Fight Malaria.
Few research projects reflect this spirit of Open Science as well as the Open Source Malaria
Project which is trying to find molecules that can help fight this
terrible disease. Unlike other drug discovery projects, they are
building on compounds that have been put the public domain and making
the discovery process not only open for anyone to look at but also for
anyone who wants to participate to do so – whatever that contribution
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Great to see NeSI joining the Open Research Conference as a silver sponsor. The New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI) accelerates research by
providing access to vastly superior computing power, data storage and
expertise. NeSI provides the New Zealand research community with
supercomputers to help find answers to the world's toughest scientific
We are grateful for support from Google, our third Silver Sponsor! Google was born in Stanford's Computer Science department and the company has always maintained and valued strong relations with universities and research institutes. Google run a variety of programs that provide funding and resources to the academic and external research community. Google, in turn, learns from the community through exposure to a broader set of ideas and approaches.
We are delighted to have OpenNZ joining us as our second Bronze sponsor. Open New Zealand is a community of practice and an advocacy group focused on open and transparent government. Open NZ develops and hosts projects around transparency, participatory democracy, other initiatives that make central and local government data and information more useful to citizens and businesses.
Symplectic has joined Open Research as a Silver Sponsor and is also generously sponsoring drinks - we are delighted to have them on board! Symplectic is a leading developer of integrated research information management systems. Founded in 2003, Symplectic’s flagship product Elements is used by thousands of researchers, repository managers and librarians at some of the world’s top
universities including: Oxford, Cambridge and Duke.
DigitalNZ has joined ORC as a Bronze Sponsor and we are thrilled to have them on board. DigitalNZ is committed to making New Zealand's digital content from libraries, museums, government departments, publicly funded organisations, the private sector and community groups easy to find, share and reuse. Their site provides access to over 25 million digital items contributed from partners such as Te Papa, the Alexander Turnbull Library, Auckland Art Gallery, Te Ara, NZ On Screen and many more. DigitalNZ recognises the need to create and digitise New Zealand content so we can stay connected to our own creative and cultural Heritage. Welcome DigitalNZ!
We are happy to add CatalystIT to our Founding Sponsors. For over 10 years, CatalystIT has been providing Open Source solutions to their clients. The company’s success builds on the ethos that working
together, collaboratively and collegially, they can achieve far more for their clients than would otherwise be the case. CatalystIT has a demonstrated track record in supporting open standards and open source technologies. They are a major supporter of the New Zealand Open Source Awards which this year included an Open Science category. We are delighted they have chosen to join the Open Research Conference as Founding Sponsors and we welcome them to the team.
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We are delighted to announce that the Centre for Brain Research
has joined us as our first Silver Sponsor.
Centre for Brain Research - Rangahau Te Roro Me Te Hinengaro at the
University of Auckland is a unique partnership between scientists,
doctors and the community.
Their support for the
conference reflects their leadership and commitment to providing a
brighter and better future for people and families living with brain
Welcome on board!
We are extremely grateful to Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand (CC-ANZ) for supporting the Open Research Conference, Accelerating Discovery.
CC-ANZ are the kaitiaki of the New Zealand Creative Commons licences that enable the sharing of copyright material in Aotearoa. They play a crucial role in an international movement toward open access licencing, and we are happy to have them be a part of this event.