Register for the annual conference -
UniForum NZ '98 NOW! (Well, soon)
UniForum New Zealand Incorporated is one of New Zealand's leading
computer systems user groups, with nearly 400 members from all the
major sectors of commerce, government and industry. Established in
1984 and originally centred on technical Unix issues, UniForum NZ's
focus has broadened in recent years to the wider marketplace of open
Importantly, UniForum NZ is the only vendor-independent open systems
user group in the country. The concepts of portability and standards
embodied in Unix have led to the creation in UniForum NZ of a group
committed to the widespread use and development of open, interoperable
With the primary aim of sharing information about Unix systems and
standards-based information technology and about the concepts and
practicalities of making different types of computer systems work
together, UniForum NZ is an active, enthusiastic group whose impact is
much greater than that of any other group of comparable size.
Its membership is very diverse, including technical and managerial
representatives of many computer companies, local bodies, government
departments and SOEs, universities, polytechnics, electricity
companies, insurance companies, oil companies, consultants,
accountants and other interested individuals.
UniForum NZ is affiliated to many similar groups world-wide, and in
particular the UniForum
organization in the USA. These affiliations lend a broad perspective
and entitle members to obtain overseas publications and attend
international conferences at discounted rates.
Membership of UniForum NZ is in one of four classes:
- Associate Membership: eligibility to participate in and
vote on all procedural matters of the group, and access to all
- Student Membership: no voting rights, and some limits on
facilities, but at a much reduced fee. This applies to all full-time
- Corporate Membership: suitable for large organizations
which entitles their staff to all facilities. Corporate Membership
also provides a mailing facility for a small administration fee and a
scheme allowing Corporate Members to provide a first time reduced
membership fee for UniForum NZ to their clients.
- Corporate Sponsorship: for those wishing to indicate a
greater commitment to UniForum NZ, Corporate Sponsorship gives all the
benefits of Corporate Membership plus regular listing in group publications.
If you would like to join please complete the
The highlight of the UniForum NZ year is a highly successful annual
conference and exhibition featuring top local and international
speakers and leading edge technology. The 1997
conference was held in May in Rotorua.
The 1998 conference is scheduled for the month of May. Click here and be there!
UniForum NZ News is published 11 times a year and mailed free to members.
Including locally written columns and articles as well as some gleaned from top
overseas publications, the newsletter caters for both the technically
sophisticated and the management-oriented. A vehicle for seeking and finding
useful information about computer systems, it provides information about
UniForum NZ activities and other relevant events.
UniForum NZ News is now online. Click
here for the latest issue online. Click
here for back issues
UniForum NZ has an extensive, up-to-date library of books, journals,
newsletters and other material relating to Unix and open computer
systems. A list of publications received is
maintained here and also published regularly in News. Library holdings
can be ordered here or by e-mail.
Uniforum NZ provides free technical
assistance for minor Unix problems via the library. Furthermore,
many members are technical or commercial experts, willing to help
fellow Unix users.
Uniforum NZ Members can purchase a wide range of new books and old
favourites at very competitive prices from the UniForum NZ Bookshop. A
list of titles and prices is
published here and regularly in NEWS. Books can be ordered here, by e-mail or fax.
Uniforum NZ endeavours to bring the latest book reviews to members and
also to make recommendations and suggestions on what books to purchase.
Click here to read the latest reviews.
Uniforum NZ members can apply for an annual research grant of $2500
made available for academic research in the Unix or Open Systems area.
The 1996 grant was awarded to Anand Raman and Chris Phillips of the
Computer Science department, Massey University for research towards
improving the Unix user interface. To make use of this unique
opportunity, email Anand
Raman for further details.
Regular regional meetings in Wellington and
Auckland, with occasional meetings
elsewhere as requested, are held, featuring guest
speakers, technology updates and a forum for discussion.
Special interest groups have been formed for
Pick, Internet, OOT and Database.
The activities of the SIGs are dependent on their members' requirements.
SIG memberships are available to Uniforum NZ members only.
A full list of Corporate Sponsors is
provided in all our major publications.
The affairs of the society are conducted by an
executive Board. The Board consists of four Officers
Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary) and from four to six members.
Any board member can be contacted via e-mail using the address
The whole board can be emailed simultaneously by using the address
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