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== Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software ==
 
== Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software ==
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=== Recipients ===
 
=== Recipients ===
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* 2019 [[Even Rouault]]
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* 2018: [[Astrid Emde]] - leadership and longtime efforts for OSGeo and FOSSGIS communities
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* 2017: [[User:Aaime | Andrea Aime]] - GeoServer and GeoTools core developer
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* 2016: [[Jeff McKenna]] - longtime passion and leadership spreading [http://foss4g.org FOSS4G] and [http://osgeo.org OSGeo] around the world ([http://www.osgeo.org/node/1723 Announcement])
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* 2015: [[User:Maria | Maria Brovelli]] - [http://foss4g.org FOSS4G] and [http://geoforall.org GeoForAll] advocate
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* 2014: [[Gary Sherman]] - [http://qgis.org QGIS] founder
 
* 2013: [[Arnulf Christl]] - [http://osgeo.org OSGeo] co-founder, [http://www.osgeo.org/incubator/index.html Incubation] mentor, advocate
 
* 2013: [[Arnulf Christl]] - [http://osgeo.org OSGeo] co-founder, [http://www.osgeo.org/incubator/index.html Incubation] mentor, advocate
 
* 2012: [[Venkatesh Raghavan]] - [http://foss4g.org FOSS4G] founder, community leader world-wide
 
* 2012: [[Venkatesh Raghavan]] - [http://foss4g.org FOSS4G] founder, community leader world-wide
 
* 2011: [[User:Mdavis | Martin Davis]] - [http://sourceforge.net/projects/jts-topo-suite/ JTS Topology Suite] founder
 
* 2011: [[User:Mdavis | Martin Davis]] - [http://sourceforge.net/projects/jts-topo-suite/ JTS Topology Suite] founder
* 2010: [[Helena Mitasova]] - for two decades of contributions to [http://grass.osgeo.org GRASS GIS] and the FOSS4G community ([http://www.osgeo.org/node/1069 Announcement])
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* 2010: [[User:Helena | Helena Mitasova]] - for two decades of contributions to [http://grass.osgeo.org GRASS GIS] and the FOSS4G community ([http://www.osgeo.org/node/1069 Announcement])
 
* 2009: [[User:Dmorissette | Daniel Morissette]] - [http://www.osgeo.org/mapserver/ MapServer] and [http://gdal.org/ OGR] projects ([http://www.osgeo.org/node/970 Announcement])
 
* 2009: [[User:Dmorissette | Daniel Morissette]] - [http://www.osgeo.org/mapserver/ MapServer] and [http://gdal.org/ OGR] projects ([http://www.osgeo.org/node/970 Announcement])
 
* 2008: [[User:Pwramsey3 | Paul Ramsey]] - leadership in [http://postgis.refractions.net/ PostGIS], [http://trac.osgeo.org/geos/ GEOS] and [http://udig.refractions.net/ uDig] projects ([http://www.osgeo.org/node/778 Announcement])
 
* 2008: [[User:Pwramsey3 | Paul Ramsey]] - leadership in [http://postgis.refractions.net/ PostGIS], [http://trac.osgeo.org/geos/ GEOS] and [http://udig.refractions.net/ uDig] projects ([http://www.osgeo.org/node/778 Announcement])
* 2007: Steve Lime - [http://www.osgeo.org/mapserver/ MapServer] founder and lead ([http://www.osgeo.org/node/446 Announcement])
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* 2007: [[User:Sdlime | Steve Lime]] - [http://www.osgeo.org/mapserver/ MapServer] founder and lead ([http://www.osgeo.org/node/446 Announcement])
 
* 2006: [[User:Neteler | Markus Neteler]] - [http://grass.itc.it/ GRASS GIS] project lead ([http://www.osgeo.org/node/187 Announcement])
 
* 2006: [[User:Neteler | Markus Neteler]] - [http://grass.itc.it/ GRASS GIS] project lead ([http://www.osgeo.org/node/187 Announcement])
* 2005: [[User:Warmerda | Frank Warmerdam]] - [http://gdal.org GDAL/OGR] project lead.
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* 2005: [[User:Warmerda | Frank Warmerdam]] - [http://gdal.org GDAL/OGR] project lead
  
 
= Background =
 
= Background =
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Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol_Katz
 
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol_Katz
  
OSGeo Public Site: http://www.osgeo.org/solkatz
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OSGeo Public Site: https://www.osgeo.org/community/awards/
  
 
= Process =  
 
= Process =  
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* Committee selects awardee
 
* Committee selects awardee
 
* Prepare plaque and tokens of appreciation
 
* Prepare plaque and tokens of appreciation
* Present in [[FOSS4G]] closing plenary
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* Present in [http://foss4g.org FOSS4G] closing plenary
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* Update this page with results
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* Create announcement (mailing lists, websites, etc)
  
= 2013 Call for Nominations =  
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= 2019 Call for Nominations =  
  
 
SUBJECT: Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software - Call for Nominations
 
SUBJECT: 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 2013 Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software.  
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The Open Source Geospatial Foundation would like to open nominations for the 2019 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.
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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 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.
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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/index.
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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 SolKatzAward@osgeo.org with a description of the reasons for this nomination.  Nominations will be accepted until 23:59 UTC on July 31st (http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?month=7&day=31&year=2013&hour=23&min=59&sec=59). A recipient will be decided from the nomination list by an OSGeo designated selection committee.  
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Nominations for the Sol Katz Award should be sent to [mailto:SolKatzAward@osgeo.org SolKatzAward@osgeo.org] with a description of the reasons for this nomination.  Nominations will be accepted until end-of-day August 9th Anywhere on Earth (https://www.timeanddate.com/time/zones/aoe). A recipient will be decided from the nomination list by the OSGeo selection committee.  
  
The winner of the Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software will be announced at the FOSS4G-Nottingham event in September.  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.
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The winner of the Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software will be announced at the [http://2019.foss4g.org/ FOSS4G 2019] event in August, in Bucharest, Romania.  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.
 
It should be noted that past awardees and selection committee members are not eligible.
  
 
Past Awardees:
 
Past Awardees:
   2012: Venkatesh Raghavan
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  2018: [[Astrid Emde]]
   2011: Martin Davis
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  2017: [[User:Aaime |Andrea Aime]]
   2010: Helena Mitasova
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  2016: [[Jeff McKenna]]
   2009: Daniel Morissette
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  2015: [[User:Maria |Maria Brovelli]]
   2008: Paul Ramsey
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  2014: [[Gary Sherman]]
   2007: Steve Lime
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  2013: [[Arnulf Christl]]
   2006: Markus Neteler
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   2012: [[Venkatesh Raghavan]]
   2005: Frank Warmerdam
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   2011: [[User:Mdavis |Martin Davis]]
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   2010: [[User:Helena |Helena Mitasova]]
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   2009: [[User:Dmorissette |Daniel Morissette]]
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   2008: [[User:Pwramsey3 |Paul Ramsey]]
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   2007: [[User:Sdlime |Steve Lime]]
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   2006: [[User:Neteler |Markus Neteler]]
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   2005: [[User:Warmerda |Frank Warmerdam]]
  
Selection Committee 2013:
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Selection Committee 2019:  
* [[User:jmckenna | Jeff McKenna]] (chair)
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* Jeff McKenna (chair)
* [[User:Warmerda | Frank Warmerdam]]
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* Frank Warmerdam
* [[User:Neteler | Markus Neteler]]
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* Markus Neteler
 
* Steve Lime
 
* Steve Lime
 
* Paul Ramsey
 
* Paul Ramsey
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* Martin Davis
 
* Martin Davis
 
* Venkatesh Raghavan
 
* Venkatesh Raghavan
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* Arnulf Christl
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* Gary Sherman
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* Maria Brovelli
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* Andrea Aime
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* Astrid Emde
  
= 2011 Program Text =  
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= Extended Program Text =  
  
 
The Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software (GFOSS) is awarded
 
The Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software (GFOSS) is awarded
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or propeller hats.  Sadly, after fighting Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma for
 
or propeller hats.  Sadly, after fighting Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma for
 
almost a decade, Sol died April 23, 1999 in bed.
 
almost a decade, Sol died April 23, 1999 in bed.
 
Pics submitted by his daughter:
 
[[Image:Solomon-Katz.jpg]]
 
[[Image:Solomon-Katz2.jpg]]
 
  
 
=== Open Source ===
 
=== Open Source ===
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Sol was also a frequent contributor to many geospatial list servers, providing much  
 
Sol was also a frequent contributor to many geospatial list servers, providing much  
 
guidance to the geospatial community at large.  Sol Katz's collection of GIS utilities  
 
guidance to the geospatial community at large.  Sol Katz's collection of GIS utilities  
at the BLM is still available at ftp://ftp.blm.gov/pub/gis/.  His legacy still lives on
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at the BLM continues to be implemented by many software projects.  His legacy still lives on
 
in the GFOSS world.
 
in the GFOSS world.
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Pics submitted by his daughters:
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[[Image:Solomon-Katz.jpg]]
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[[Image:Solomon-Katz2.jpg]]
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Daughters Risa and Shanna introducing the award in 2011:
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[[Image:Shanna-and-Risa-Katz-2011.png|200px|Shanna & Risa Katz]]
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[[Image:Shanna-and-Risa-Katz-introducing-award-2011.png|200px|Shanna & Risa Katz]]
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= Utilities =
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Sol's code continues to be implemented in many software drivers, including the updated [https://www2.cs.arizona.edu/projects/topovista/sdts2dem/ sdts2dem] utility.  Sol Katz's collection of GIS utilities at the BLM was formerly available at ftp://ftp.blm.gov/pub/gis/ (currently not available on the new [https://www.blm.gov/services/national-operations-center/secure-file-transfer-application BLM transfer system]).
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= Selection Committee 2018 =
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[[Image:Astrid-sol-katz-award.png|thumb|right|100px|Astrid accepting the award at FOSS4G Dar es Salaam]]
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* Jeff McKenna (chair)
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* Frank Warmerdam
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* Markus Neteler
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* Steve Lime
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* Paul Ramsey
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* Sophia Parafina
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* Daniel Morissette
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* Helena Mitasova
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* Martin Davis
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* Venkatesh Raghavan
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* Arnulf Christl
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* Gary Sherman
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* Maria Brovelli
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* Andrea Aime
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= Selection Committee 2017 =
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[[Image:Foss4g-2017-sol-katz.jpg|thumb|right|100px|Andrea accepting the award at FOSS4G Boston]]
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* Jeff McKenna (chair)
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* Frank Warmerdam
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* Markus Neteler
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* Steve Lime
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* Paul Ramsey
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* Sophia Parafina
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* Daniel Morissette
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* Helena Mitasova
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* Martin Davis
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* Venkatesh Raghavan
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* Arnulf Christl
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* Gary Sherman
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* Maria Brovelli
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= Selection Committee 2016 =
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[[Image:Jeff-mckenna-sol-katz-award-2016.jpg|thumb|right|100px|Jeff accepting the award, through a [https://vimeo.com/180237097 video], at FOSS4G Bonn]]
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* Venkatesh Raghavan (chair)
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* [[User:Warmerda | Frank Warmerdam]]
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* [[User:Neteler | Markus Neteler]]
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* Steve Lime
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* Paul Ramsey
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* Sophia Parafina
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* Daniel Morissette
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* Helena Mitasova
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* Martin Davis
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* Arnulf Christl
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* Gary Sherman
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* Maria Brovelli
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= Selection Committee 2015 =
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[[Image:Maria-sol-katz.jpg|thumb|right|100px|Maria just after receiving the award, at FOSS4G Seoul]]
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* [[User:jmckenna | Jeff McKenna]] (chair)
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* [[User:Warmerda | Frank Warmerdam]]
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* [[User:Neteler | Markus Neteler]]
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* Steve Lime
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* Paul Ramsey
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* Sophia Parafina
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* Daniel Morissette
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* Helena Mitasova
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* Martin Davis
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* Venkatesh Raghavan
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* Arnulf Christl
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* Gary Sherman
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= Selection Committee 2014 =
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[[Image:Gary_sherman_acceptance.png|thumb|right|100px|Gary accepting the award, through a [http://vimeo.com/106310099 video], at FOSS4G Portland]]
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* [[User:jmckenna | Jeff McKenna]] (chair)
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* [[User:Warmerda | Frank Warmerdam]]
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* [[User:Neteler | Markus Neteler]]
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* Steve Lime
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* Paul Ramsey
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* Sophia Parafina
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* Daniel Morissette
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* Helena Mitasova
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* Martin Davis
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* Venkatesh Raghavan
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* Arnulf Christl
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= Selection Committee (2013) =
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[[Image:Arnulf-sol-katz-award.jpg|thumb|right|100px|Arnulf (left) receiving the award at FOSS4G Nottingham]]
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* [[User:jmckenna | Jeff McKenna]] (chair)
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* [[User:Warmerda | Frank Warmerdam]]
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* [[User:Neteler | Markus Neteler]]
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* Steve Lime
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* Paul Ramsey
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* Sophia Parafina
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* Daniel Morissette
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* Helena Mitasova
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* Martin Davis
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* Venkatesh Raghavan
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= Selection Committee (2012) =
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[[Image:Venka-sol-katz-award-2012.jpg|thumb|right|100px|Venka (second from right) receiving the award at FOSS4G India in Hyderabad]]
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* [[User:jmckenna | Jeff McKenna]] (chair)
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* [[User:Warmerda | Frank Warmerdam]]
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* [[User:Neteler | Markus Neteler]]
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* Steve Lime
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* Paul Ramsey
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* Sophia Parafina
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* Daniel Morissette
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* Helena Mitasova
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* Martin Davis
  
 
= Selection Committee (2011) =  
 
= Selection Committee (2011) =  
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[[Image:Martin-sol-katz-award-2011.png|thumb|right|100px|Martin receiving the award at FOSS4G Denver]]
  
 
* [[User:jmckenna | Jeff McKenna]] (chair)
 
* [[User:jmckenna | Jeff McKenna]] (chair)
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= Selection Committee (2010) =  
 
= Selection Committee (2010) =  
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[[Image:Helena_SolKatzAward_2010.jpg|thumb|right|100px|Helena posing with the award, that she received at FOSS4G Barcelona]]
  
 
* [[User:jmckenna | Jeff McKenna]] (chair)
 
* [[User:jmckenna | Jeff McKenna]] (chair)
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= Selection Committee (2009) =  
 
= Selection Committee (2009) =  
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[[Image:Daniel-sol-katz-award.png|thumb|right|100px|Daniel receiving the award at FOSS4G Sydney]]
  
 
* [[User:jmckenna | Jeff McKenna]] (chair)
 
* [[User:jmckenna | Jeff McKenna]] (chair)
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= Selection Committee (2008) =  
 
= Selection Committee (2008) =  
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[[Image:Paul-sol-katz-award-2008.jpg|thumb|right|100px|Paul received the award, through a [http://vimeo.com/106310097 video], at FOSS4G Cape Town]]
  
 
* [[User:Warmerda | Frank Warmerdam]] (chair)
 
* [[User:Warmerda | Frank Warmerdam]] (chair)
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= Selection Committee (2007) =  
 
= Selection Committee (2007) =  
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[[Image:Steve-sol-katz-award-2007.jpg|thumb|right|100px|Steve receiving the award at FOSS4G Victoria]]
  
 
* [[User:Warmerda | Frank Warmerdam]] (chair)
 
* [[User:Warmerda | Frank Warmerdam]] (chair)
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= Selection Committee (2006) =  
 
= Selection Committee (2006) =  
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[[Image:Markus-sol-katz-award-2006.jpg|thumb|right|100px|Markus posing with the award, that he received at FOSS4G Lausanne]]
  
 
* [[User:Warmerda | Frank Warmerdam]] (chair)
 
* [[User:Warmerda | Frank Warmerdam]] (chair)
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= Selection Committee (2005) =  
 
= Selection Committee (2005) =  
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[[Image:Frank-warmerdam.png|thumb|right|100px|Frank, the 2005 recipient of the award.]]
  
 
* Sophia Parafina
 
* Sophia Parafina

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OSGeo Public Site: https://www.osgeo.org/community/awards/

Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software

The Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software (GFOSS) is awarded annually by OSGeo to individuals who have demonstrated leadership in the GFOSS community. Recipients of the award have contributed significantly through their activities to advance open source ideals in the geospatial realm. The award acknowledges both the work of community members, and pay tribute to one of its founders, for years to come.

Recipients

Background

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol_Katz

OSGeo Public Site: https://www.osgeo.org/community/awards/

Process

  • Put out a call for nominations fairly widely on appropriate mailing lists (freegis, osgeo discuss, etc)
  • Nominations are sent privately to SolKatzAward@osgeo.org (public nominations will be discarded).
  • Committee selects awardee
  • Prepare plaque and tokens of appreciation
  • Present in FOSS4G closing plenary
  • Update this page with results
  • Create announcement (mailing lists, websites, etc)

2019 Call for Nominations

SUBJECT: 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 2019 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 SolKatzAward@osgeo.org with a description of the reasons for this nomination. Nominations will be accepted until end-of-day August 9th Anywhere on Earth (https://www.timeanddate.com/time/zones/aoe). A recipient will be decided from the nomination list by the OSGeo selection committee.

The winner of the Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software will be announced at the FOSS4G 2019 event in August, in Bucharest, Romania. 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:

 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 2019:

  • 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

Extended Program Text

The Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software (GFOSS) is awarded annually by OSGeo 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. 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.

Solomon Stuart Katz aka Sol 1947-1999

Background

Sol Katz was born in Sweden (on August 3rd, 1947) and moved to NY at the age of 1. Yiddish was his first language, but he was amazingly bright, and learned both Hebrew and English quickly. After high school, he spent three years in the US Air Force, stationed in Germany, where he picked up yet another language. Following his brief military career, he decided to go to Brooklyn College in NY where he got his Bachelors in Geology in 2.5 years. He then married his wife Hedy in 1969, and went back to Brooklyn College while teaching in NY Public Schools and got his MA, also in Geology. After several years working for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in several states, he settled down in Lakewood, CO and decided to go back to school at the University of Denver in Computer Science and earned a second masters. At this time, he also had two children - Shanna and Risa. He was well loved in his office, at his children's school, and at home. Always full of laughter and good humor, Sol could easily be recognized by his flamboyant Hawaiian shirts and toucan or propeller hats. Sadly, after fighting Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma for almost a decade, Sol died April 23, 1999 in bed.

Open Source

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. In the early 80's, Sol assisted in the development of a public domain GIS package called MOSS (Map Overlay and Statistical System). This software was arguably the first open source GIS software in the world. Sol would later go on to release and maintain PC MOSS. He was also one of the first involved in public data translator utilities. Utilities that he developed for converting DEMs and reading SDTS files were contributed back to the geospatial community, and are still available today. Sol was also a frequent contributor to many geospatial list servers, providing much guidance to the geospatial community at large. Sol Katz's collection of GIS utilities at the BLM continues to be implemented by many software projects. His legacy still lives on in the GFOSS world.

Pics submitted by his daughters: Solomon-Katz.jpg Solomon-Katz2.jpg

Daughters Risa and Shanna introducing the award in 2011: Shanna & Risa Katz Shanna & Risa Katz

Utilities

Sol's code continues to be implemented in many software drivers, including the updated sdts2dem utility. Sol Katz's collection of GIS utilities at the BLM was formerly available at ftp://ftp.blm.gov/pub/gis/ (currently not available on the new BLM transfer system).

Selection Committee 2018

Astrid accepting the award at FOSS4G Dar es Salaam
  • 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

Selection Committee 2017

Andrea accepting the award at FOSS4G Boston
  • 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

Selection Committee 2016

Jeff accepting the award, through a video, at FOSS4G Bonn
  • Venkatesh Raghavan (chair)
  • Frank Warmerdam
  • Markus Neteler
  • Steve Lime
  • Paul Ramsey
  • Sophia Parafina
  • Daniel Morissette
  • Helena Mitasova
  • Martin Davis
  • Arnulf Christl
  • Gary Sherman
  • Maria Brovelli

Selection Committee 2015

Maria just after receiving the award, at FOSS4G Seoul

Selection Committee 2014

Gary accepting the award, through a video, at FOSS4G Portland

Selection Committee (2013)

Arnulf (left) receiving the award at FOSS4G Nottingham

Selection Committee (2012)

Venka (second from right) receiving the award at FOSS4G India in Hyderabad

Selection Committee (2011)

Martin receiving the award at FOSS4G Denver

Selection Committee (2010)

Helena posing with the award, that she received at FOSS4G Barcelona

Selection Committee (2009)

Daniel receiving the award at FOSS4G Sydney

Selection Committee (2008)

Paul received the award, through a video, at FOSS4G Cape Town

Selection Committee (2007)

Steve receiving the award at FOSS4G Victoria

Selection Committee (2006)

Markus posing with the award, that he received at FOSS4G Lausanne

Selection Committee (2005)

Frank, the 2005 recipient of the award.

2005 Award Documents

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