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Open Source for America: Nominate an individual or project for an OSFA award

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Open Source for America recently celebrated its second anniversary, and plans to recognize the individuals, projects, and deployments that support its mission to encourage free and open source software adoption in the US government. Nominate an individual or project for an award. The categories and last years winners are listed below.


  1. Individual Award: a contributor who has made significant contributions in the promotion and use of open source solutions in the U.S. government during the past year. The 2010 winner was Brian Behlendorf, collaboration advisor to the Department of Health and Human Services on its NHIN CONNECT project.
  2. Open Source Project: an open source project that has shown promise and benefit for U.S. government use. The 2010 winner was the Open Source Digital Voting Foundation (OSDV) for its TrustTheVote Project.
  3. Open Source Deployment in Government: a U.S. government agency or body that has shown commitment to the use of open source, through policy and/or adoption. The 2010 winner was, and the Executive Office of the President, for its Drupal platform migration.
  4. OSFA Contributor award: an individual who has made significant contributions to the organization. 2010 winner: Ean Schuessler, Brainfood, Volunteer webmaster for OSFA.

Nominations will be accepted via the Open Source for America website through September 9, 2011. Winners will be announced at FedTalks on October 11, 2011 in Washington, DC.  For more info on the nomination and judging process see the Official Rules.


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Melanie Chernoff - Melanie Chernoff | As Public Policy Manager for Red Hat, Inc., Melanie monitors, evaluates, and works to influence U.S. and international legislation and government regulations affecting open source technologies and open standards. She also serves as chair of the company's Corporate Citizenship committee, coordinating Red Hat's charitable activities.