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

Seven (aka Arnulf) seven at arnulf.us
Thu Oct 25 22:10:08 PDT 2012

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Congratulations Venka!

On 26.10.2012 04:47, Gérald Fenoy wrote:
> Congratulations Venka for getting the Soltz Katz Award !
> Congratulations to OSGeo for making this choice, choosing the
> place and an event which fit just perfectly i feel.
> Gérald Fenoy gerald.fenoy at geolabs.fr
> Le 25 oct. 2012 à 19:00, Jeff McKenna
> <jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com> a écrit :
>> --
>> 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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