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OSGeo Selects Tyler Mitchell, Open Source Advocate, as Executive Director

News Date: 
19 Oct 2006
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The Open Source Geospatial Foundation, or OSGeo, today announced that Tyler Mitchell has been hired as its new executive director. Mitchell-who has a decade of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) experience as an Analyst, Manager, open source advocate and author-will be responsible for the Foundation's day-to-day operations, supporting development and promotion.

"We are extremely pleased to welcome Tyler Mitchell as our new Executive Director," said the Foundation's President Frank Warmerdam. "His early vision was instrumental in the formation of the Foundation, and with his extensive background in open source and GIS he is highly qualified to help this organization achieve its mission."

"It is a distinct honor to be asked to help the Open Source Geospatial Foundation," Mitchell said. "This is an exciting time for the OSGeo. I look forward with great enthusiasm to working more closely with OSGeo's dedicated members, the Board, and its partners as we strive to meet the goals of the Foundation."

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FOSS4G 2006 Conference - A Great Success

News Date: 
6 Oct 2006
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The energy and enthusiasm of the Free and Open Source Software for Geoinformatics (FOSS4G) Conference continues to grow. This year over 500 attendees made their way to Lausanne, Switzerland from September 12-15th to participate in this annual international event. Tyler Mitchell has prepared a conference summary touching on various highlights of the
conference.

Markus Neteler Wins Sol Katz GFOSS Award

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15 Sep 2006
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During the closing plenary of the FOSS4G 2006 conference Markus Neteler was honored with the Sol Katz GFOSS Award for 2006. Markus is the leader of the GRASS GIS project, and has played a pivotal role in the revitalization of the project and it's community. Markus is also a founding member of OSGeo, and has been active in building the broader FOSS4G community for many years.

Background

The Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software 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.

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 is still available at ftp://ftp.blm.gov/pub/gis/. Sadly, after fighting Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma for almost a decade, Sol died April 23, 1999 in bed. His legacy will always live on in the GFOSS world.

OSGeo Meeting Preceeds FOSS4G

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11 Sep 2006
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There will be a face to face meeting of OSGeo supporters in Lausanne, Switzerland the day preceeding the FOSS4G conference (September 11th). The afternoon portion is open to all interested supporters.

http://wiki.osgeo.org/index.php/Open_F2F_Meeting_Lausanne_2006

OSGeo Swag Store Now Open

News Date: 
25 Aug 2006
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The Visibility and Fundraising Committees are pleased to announce that OSGeo now has an online store, selling everything from our classic Black Shirts to Tote Bags to Teddy Bears, all with our distinctive and increasingly prestigious logo. And of course, all profits go to support our Foundation's activities.

http://www.cafepress.com/OSGeo

This store is being run by CafePress, the same merchant service used by many other open source organizations. By using CafePress, OSGeo doesn't have to get involved in the details of ordering, credit cards, shipping, returns, etc.

Please note that these are not the same Black Shirts as we use for conference events; those have been and will continue to be supplied by Lands' End. VisCom will continue to be responsible for doing bulk-orders through them for events. The CafePress site is a fundraising venture aimed meeting individual members' needs, wants, and desires.

Also, we are in the process of setting up a PayPal site for direct donations to the Foundation. It is likely that donations above certain level will provide thank you gifts which may include a special-logo "I Support OSGeo" shirt, not otherwise available.

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

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18 Aug 2006
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The Open Source Geospatial Foundation would like to open nominations for the 2006 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 SolKatzAward@conference.osgeo.org with a description of the reasons for this nomination. Nominations will be accepted until midnight UTC on August 31st. A recipient will be decided from the nomination list by a selection committee designated by the OSGeo board.

The winner of the Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software will be announced on September 15th at the FOSS4G 2006 conference in Lausanne Switzerland. 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.