[OSGeo-Discuss] Even Rouault receives the 2019 Sol Katz Award

Lime, Steve D (MNIT) steve.lime at state.mn.us
Thu Sep 5 15:28:19 PDT 2019

As a user of the software Even has built and as a beneficiary of his work on the MapServer 
project - I can't think of a more deserving recipient. The energy, expertise and patience 
Even brings to the OSGeo community is really amazing. Well done and congratulations!


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Subject: [OSGeo-Discuss] Even Rouault receives the 2019 Sol Katz Award

Even Rouault was honoured with the 2019 Sol Katz Award, presented on 29
August 2019, during the closing session of the FOSS4G event in
Bucharest. This was the 15th year of the award.

Even took over the title of "Mister GDAL" after Frank Warmerdam passed
him the torch. GDAL is a cornerstone of many GIS software both open
source and proprietary.

He is an active contributor to GDAL, MapServer, PROJ, libgeotiff, GEOS,
QGIS and many other projects.

Even is a highly productive OSGeo contributor. Sol Katz is not about
numbers, but Evens stats are quite impressive: over the last 5 years, he
has over 10,000 commits to multiple OSGeo projects.
(Ref: From 2014 to 2019: 10,900 commits to GDAL, 300 in MapServer, 400
in QGIS, not counting his recent refactoring of PROJ6, and his
contributions to other OSGeo projects)

Even is a brilliant developer and also a really nice person. He cares
about OSGeo as an organization, about the goals and the way OSGeo runs
its activities.

On behalf of the OSGeo communities we congratulate and thank Even for
all of his contributions.

See Video from FOSS4G 2019

Thank you Even, you deserve this.

About the award

The Sol Katz Award for Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial
(FOSS4G) is awarded annually by OSGeo to individuals who have
demonstrated leadership in the FOSS4G community. Recipients of the award
have contributed significantly through their activities to advance open
source ideals in the geospatial realm. The award acknowledges both the
work of community members, and pay tribute to one of its founders, for
years to come.
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