[OSGeo-Discuss] NEWS: Venkatesh Raghavan Receives 2012 Sol Katz Award

maria.brovelli at diiar-topo.polimi.it maria.brovelli at diiar-topo.polimi.it
Thu Oct 25 15:19:00 PDT 2012

Venka, Congratulations !!!!!!!


Def. Quota Mateusz Loskot <mateusz at loskot.net>:

> Venka, congratulations!
> On 25 October 2012 18:00, Jeff McKenna <jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com> wrote:
>> --
>> Prof. Venkatesh Raghavan was honored today with the 2012 Sol Katz Award
>> for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software during the inaugural
>> session of the FOSS4G-India 2012 (http://lsi.iiit.ac.in/foss4gindia/)
>> conference in Hyderabad, India. The
>> award was presented by Ravi Kumar and Vundavallu Aruna Kumar, Member of
>> Parliament.  Venka received a memento on behalf of the OSGeo-India Chapter.
>> Venka's dedication to FOSS4G and his community work around the world,
>> promoting open source geospatial, is second to none.  He has been
>> involved in OSGeo since the foundation was formed in 2006, and we are
>> lucky to have such a strong global voice in him.  The OSGeo foundation
>> wishes to thank Venka for his wonderful dedication.
>> 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.
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