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IBM Helps Local Universities to Eclipse World Software Development

  • 23 June, 2004 14:34

<p>IBM Helps Local Universities to
Eclipse World Software Development</p>
<p>Sydney, AUSTRALIA, 23 June 2004: The IBM sponsored global Eclipse Innovation Grants Program has recognised four university academics in the Australia &amp; New Zealand region for their creative and innovative contribution to the Eclipse software development program. Receiving IBM grants of between AU$50,000 – AU$65,000 each, the local university recipients were among 70 winners from around the globe.</p>
<p>The IBM Eclipse Innovation Grants Program aims to promote awareness and usage of the Eclipse development tool environment used by an open source community, which consists of developers, vendors, and industry leaders. The competition encourages the active use of the Eclipse open source software for academic curricula and research.</p>
<p>The award recipients - Professor Anthony Sloan, Macquarie University; Professor Stephen Blackburn, Australian National University; Professor James Noble and Professor Robert Biddle from Victoria University of Wellington - will use the IBM grant to further their work in the creation of new development technology.</p>
<p>Tony Best, General Manager, Public Sector, IBM Australia said “At IBM we recognise education is the key. We have been active in the academic space for two years now supporting universities interested in using Eclipse for programming teaching and research.</p>
<p>“Developers must be given the support and latitude to learn from trial and error. By providing ongoing investment in open source software development, IBM is ensuring Australia plays a substantial part in shaping the future of global software development.”</p>
<p>The four local academic winners will be invited to present their work at an Eclipse Innovation Workshop to be organised by IBM in October 2004. Projects will run from January 2004 to December 2004. Awardees will be invited to attend Eclipse workshops to present a poster or short summary paper, and to meet and share teaching experiences and research results with counterparts from other institutions.</p>
<p>About Eclipse</p>
<p>Eclipse offers significant value to research and educators, by providing the industrial strength infrastructure for conducting research and developing curricula, free of charge.</p>
<p>Eclipse based tools give developers freedom of choice in a multi-language, multi-platform, multi-vendor supported environment. With a plug-in based environment, developers find it easier to create, integrate and use software tools, saving time and money.</p>
<p>About IBM
IBM is the world's leading information technology company, with over 90 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. IBM helps customers, Business Partners and developers in a wide range of industries that leverage the power of the Internet for e-business. IBM has the world’s largest IT research organisation. Worldwide there are more than 3,000 scientists and engineers working at eight labs in six countries - including laboratories in Japan, China and India. More than 50 IBM Research scientists are working full time with the Healthcare and Life Sciences business unit and IBM Life Sciences customers. IBM has produced more research breakthroughs than any other company in the IT industry and invests more than US$5 billion each year in research and development. For more information about IBM, visit www.ibm.com.</p>
<p>Further information:
Pilar Martin
External Communications Manager, Public Sector, IBM Australia
Phone: 02 9397 8671
Email: pilarm@au1.ibm.com</p>

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