Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software – Call for Nominations
The Open Source Geospatial Foundation would like to open nominations for the 2020 Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software.
The Sol Katz Award for Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) will be given to individuals who have demonstrated leadership in the FOSS4G 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 FOSS4G 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 FOSS4G 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://donate.cancer.org.
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 end-of-day August 21st Anywhere on Earth. A recipient will be decided from the nomination list by the OSGeo selection committee.
As the world is currently in challenging times, the winner of the Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software will be announced online during the next OSGeo Annual General Meeting on 2020-09-10. 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.
2019 Even Rouault 2018 Astrid Emde 2017 Andrea Aime 2016 Jeff McKenna 2015 Maria Brovelli 2014 Gary Sherman 2013 Arnulf Christl 2012 Venkatesh Raghavan 2011 Martin Davis 2010 Helena Mitasova 2009 Daniel Morissette 2008 Paul Ramsey 2007 Steve Lime 2006 Markus Neteler 2005 Frank Warmerdam
Selection Committee 2020:
Jeff McKenna (chair) Frank Warmerdam Markus Neteler Steve Lime Paul Ramsey Sophia Parafina Daniel Morissette Helena Mitasova Martin Davis Venkatesh Raghavan Arnulf Christl Gary Sherman Maria Brovelli Andrea Aime Astrid Emde Even Rouault