Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software - Call for Nominations

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Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software - Call for Nominations

Markus Neteler
The Open Source Geospatial Foundation would like to open nominations
for the 2009 Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source
Software.

The Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software
(GFOSS) will be given to individuals who have demonstrated leadership
in the GFOSS community. Recipients of the award will have contributed
significantly through their activities to advance open source ideals
in the geospatial realm.

Sol Katz was an early pioneer of GFOSS and left behind a large body of
work in the form of applications, format specifications, and utilities
while at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. This early GFOSS archive
provided both source code and applications freely available to the
community. Sol was also a frequent contributor to many geospatial list
servers, providing much guidance to the geospatial community at large.

Sol unfortunately passed away in 1999 from Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, but
his legacy lives on in the open source world. Those interested in
making a donation to the American Cancer Society, as per Sol's
family's request, can do so at
https://www.cancer.org/asp/donate/don_multi_donate.asp?navToScreen=don_1.

Nominations for the Sol Katz Award should be sent to
[hidden email] with a description of the reasons for this
nomination. Nominations will be accepted until midnight UTC on October
9th (http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?month=10&day=09&year=2009&hour=23&min=59&sec=59).
A recipient will be decided from the nomination list by an OSGeo
designated selection committee.

The winner of the Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source
Software will be announced on October 23rd at the FOSS4G 2009
conference (http://2009.foss4g.org/) closing plenary in Sydney,
Australia. The hope is that the award will both acknowledge the work
of community members, and pay tribute to one of its founders, for
years to come.

It should be noted that past awardees and selection committee members
are not eligible.

Past Awardees:

 2008: Paul Ramsey
 2007: Steve Lime
 2006: Markus Neteler
 2005: Frank Warmerdam

Selection Committee:

 Jeff McKenna (chair)
 Frank Warmerdam
 Markus Neteler
 Steve Lime
 Paul Ramsey
 Sophia Parafina
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