Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa
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Open Sourcing and Māori Consultation

In this 2011 presentation Chris Cormack discusses the synergy between participating in an open source project and the process of coming to agreements on a marae in a hui setting. The meritocracy idea and mana and kaitiakitanga are called different things but the concepts are common.

Speaker Biography: Christopher Cormack has a BSc in Computer Science and a BA in Mathematics and Māori Studies. While working for Katipo Communications he was the lead developer of the original version of Koha, which went live at Horowhenua Library Trust on January 5, 2000. Since then he has served various roles in the community: release manager, QA manager and Translation manager. He is the elected release manager for 3.6. Christopher currently works for Catalyst IT in Wellington. Christopher believes in Free Software and allowing users the freedom to innovate.

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