Call for nominations for the 2019 Sol Katz Award

July 13th, 2019, Published in Articles: Vector

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation opened nominations for the 2019 Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software (FOSS4G). The award  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. The award acknowledges the work of community members while paying tribute to one of its founders.

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 US Bureau of Land Management. This early FOSS4G archive provided both source code and applications freely available to the community. Katz was also a frequent contributor to many geospatial list servers, providing much guidance to the geospatial community at large. He unfortunately passed away in 1999 from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, but his legacy lives on in the open source world. (Those interested in donating to the American Cancer Society, as per Sol Katz’s family’s request, can do so at

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

Nominations for the Sol Katz Award should be sent to with the reasons for this nomination. Nominations will be accepted until end-of-day 8 August 2019 anywhere on earth. (Past awardees and selection committee members are not eligible.)

Contact Astrid Emde, OSGeo,

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