[Linux-aus] OSV media release: Open Source Victoria receives Next Wave Funding
conz at cyber.com.au
Wed Nov 19 08:42:01 UTC 2003
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Open Source Victoria receives Next Wave Funding
NOVEMBER 17, Melbourne, Australia.The Open Source Victoria industry
cluster has secured a matching $50,000 grant as part of Multimedia
Victoria's Next Wave Program. The Next WaveProgram aims to identify and
promote emerging technologies in the Victorian IT industry.
"With this funding, Victoria enhances its position as a natural centre for
Open Source solution provision in the region" said OSV member Con Zymaris.
OSV will use the grant to promote the use of Open Source technologies in
the Victorian industry, government, and education sectors. This includes:
- providing support, training and information on how to improve our
members' business effectiveness and their marketing and sales of Open
- making high quality Open Source software kits available to over 5000
Victorian business, government IT staff and educators and ICT industry
- preparation of numerous reports providing industry and public sector
firms with the machinery necessary to evaluate and migrate to OSS;
- fund and co-ordinate Australia's first Open Source programming
competition for school-age kids, called Wide Open Code;
- offer a free information referral service for all Victorian schools who
are seeking a better understanding of how Open Source software can be
used in education;
- sponsor Australia's first ongoing virtual forum for the discussion of
issues related to the deployment and development of Open Source
solutions within the government and public sectors.
- run a series of focussed information exchange events, seminars and
symposia in Melbourne and regional Victoria, to offer practical hands-on
demonstrations of planning for and undertaking migrations to Open Source
"Open Source Software is in many cases technically superior to the
proprietary alternatives -- but most business managers, small
businesspeople, and even teachers may not be aware of these advantages,"
said Adam Clarke, another member of OSV. "Our goal is to be a resource of
information about Open Source Software for the citizens of Victoria."
"OSV has been delighted with the enthusiasm shown by the Victorian
Government for our proposal," said Zymaris. "By increasing the adoption of
Open Source technologies in Victoria, we can actively grow the local ICT
About Open Source Victoria.
Open Source Victoria is an Industry Cluster consisting of over 80
Victorian firms and developers which provide services and technology
related to Free and Open Source Software (FOSS.) Open Source Victoria
offers marketing, advocacy and information referral services, and aims to
raise the profile of FOSS in Victoria and work with other similar
organisations across Australia.
Con Zymaris <conz at cyber.com.au> Level 4, 10 Queen St, Melbourne 03 9621 2377
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