[OSGeo-Discuss] Many Thanks and heavy responsibility

Jeff McKenna jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
Thu Nov 8 07:42:40 PST 2012

Some other specific highlights from that video link

- @ 12:50 of video: "If Mahatma Gandi was alive, he would be using
FOSS4G" (and Venka stating that he's starting to look like Gandi ha)
- right after that he reviews the first FOSS4G India event
- @ 21:10 of video: Venka discusses the significance of Sol Katz to Asia

Wonderful video.


On 12-11-08 11:01 AM, Jeff McKenna wrote:
> A few hours ago, the OSGeo-Japan chapter presented a token of
> appreciation to Venka, at the FOSS4G Osaka event, for receiving the 2012
> Sol Katz Award.  You can actually watch the presentation at
> http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/26812092 (beginning of video) - followed
> by Venka's talk on "Geospatial, Technologies, Standards and Data: GIS
> for the people, by the people" (he switches to English for it)
> Congrats on OSGeo-JP for another wonderful FOSS4G event.
> -jeff
> On 12-10-27 12:57 PM, Venkatesh Raghavan wrote:
>> Dear All,
>> Apologies for the delay in my response.
>> Took me some time to recover from a bad cold and also from the
>> pleasant shock of learning that Sol Katz award for 2012 was bestowed
>> upon me. I think that the tiny bit that I could do to promote OSGeo/FOSS4G
>> was possible only due the great work by the wonderful bunch of
>> people at OSGeo.
>> I see this award as recognition for OSGeo/FOSS4G activities in
>> Asia which has been experiencing a recent surge as evident
>> from recent FOSS4G related events in this part of the world.
>> I am grateful for your support and goodwill over the years. It
>> would be very difficult for me to name everyone who have helped
>> me in my OSGeo/FOSS4G journey as that would be a pretty long
>> list. Salutations to Sol Katz for his vision and his family and OSGeo
>> for keeping his memories alive.
>> Special thanks to two of the early FOSS-tronauts ,  Markus Neteler  for
>> helping me get started, to Jeff McKenna for his lessons in community
>> building,
>> to folks at OSGeo.JP and Osaka City University and all of you for support
>> in many ways.
>> Best to all and look forward for your continued support to bear this
>> heavy responsibility.
>> Venka

Jeff McKenna
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