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 +[[:home | Home]]
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 +[[:​proj:​project | Project]]
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 +====== Funding ======
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 +===== Yes - it's free, but ... =====
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 +SOFA Statistics is completely free and you can use it without restriction on as many machines as you like.  The application is released under the open source AGPL3 licence.
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 +The main ways you can support the project are by:
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 +  * spreading the word
 +  * letting us know if you strike any problems
 +  * helping other users in the community (http://​groups.google.com/​group/​sofastatistics)
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 +If there are particular features you need that are not currently available, we can always discuss the possibility of a commission payment to have them developed, or to have them developed more quickly.
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 +===== Lessons =====
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 +  * Use the community to lobby on behalf of project awards or funding
 +  * Explicitly think about the Developing World angle
 +
 +===== TechNZ =====
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 +  * need to call either North Shore or Manukau - [[http://​www.frst.govt.nz/​funding/​business/​technzpartners]]
 +  * see [[http://​www.frst.govt.nz/​funding/​business/​technzpartners/​sixstep]]
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 +===== CAST =====
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 +  * University academics might be able to participate using grants from its Fund for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching
 +  * The International Rice Research Institute provided early funding for development of a customised CAST e-book with biological examples that later became the Biometric e-book in CAST.
 +  * The Rockefeller Foundation contributed towards development of the two African CAST e-books that were originally targeted at agriculture students in sub-Saharan Africa.
 +  * Both the UK Met Office and the UK Department for International Development helped to fund a series of e-books for use in courses run by the University of Reading to teach basic statistics to climatologists in Africa.
 +  * The CAST material about design of industrial experiments was developed with funding from Nestlé.
 +  * The World Food Programme funded development of the first chapter of the Official Statistics e-book about Data Presentation.
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 +===== Andrew W. Mellon Foundation =====
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 +  * [[http://​www.mellon.org/​grant_programs/​programs/​rit | Research in Information Technology ]]
 +  * Likes open source which reduces the cost of tertiary education esp library, learning, reducing cost of scholarly activity etc.  Might be a fit if framed carefully.
 +  * Gave $100,000 to the Open Polytech to improve Moodle [[http://​www.openpolytechnic.ac.nz/​aboutus/​newsandevents/​OPMellon | Open Polytechnic receives international award]]
 +  * Gave $50,000 to the University of Waikato for the Greenstone project within the Third Annual Mellon Awards for Technology Collaboration (see http://​matc.mellon.org/​press-release). "We understand that the committee was primarily impressed by Greenstone’s impact in the developing world as testified by many users who supported our candidacy online"​ [[http://​www.greenstone.org/​blog/​2008-12-23/​greenstone-wins-andrew-w-mellon-foundation-matc-award/​]]
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 +===== Tertiary Education Commission =====
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 +  * Supported by $1.5 million in funding from the Tertiary Education Commission, The Open Polytechnic project team selected an open source eLearning system, Moodle, and made improvements to it for widespread release. [[http://​www.openpolytechnic.ac.nz/​aboutus/​newsandevents/​OPMellon | Open Polytechnic receives international award]]
 +
 +===== Misc =====
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 +  * FoRST funded WEKA
 +
 +===== Bounties =====
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 +We could explicitly mention that we are willing to discuss bounties etc with interested parties e.g. $5,000 for the addition of major functionality - perhaps that required by a business integrator making a killing off our product ;-).
  
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