Award recognises contribution to open source geospatial

September 5th, 2018, Published in Articles: PositionIT

Astrid Emde after receiving the 2018 Sol Katz Award at FOSS4G-Dar es Salaam.

Astrid Emde after receiving the 2018 Sol Katz Award at FOSS4G-Dar es Salaam.

Astrid Emde was honoured with the 2018 Sol Katz Award on 29 August 2018, during the gala dinner of FOSS4G in Dar es Salaam. Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) is the annual global event of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo). Emde has been involved in FOSS for a long time, starting her early Mapbender work at the CCGIS company in Germany, later becoming one of the leaders of the Mapbender team at the WhereGroup company, and now the backbone of OSGeo, working with the OSGeoLive team, helping with the OSGeo news items, organising foundation board meetings, processing license agreements in her role as OSGeo Secretary, and as an OSGeo Board of Director member. Emde is very active organising events such as FOSSGIS events, the local chapter events, preparing booth materials for the foundation, as well as helping organise code sprints all around the world. The award recognises individuals who have demonstrated leadership in the Geospatial Free and Open Source Software (GFOSS) community. This was the 14th year of the award. Recipients of the award are recognised for their contribution 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, the American software developer Sol Katz.

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