Open Source for America awards: Nominate someone today

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Open Source for America (OSFA) announced today the opening of its nomination period for the annual OSFA awards. Each year, the organization recognizes individuals, projects, and deployments that support its mission to encourage free and open source software adoption in the U.S. government.

The awards are given in the following categories:

  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. Past winners include Brian Behlendorf and David A. Wheeler.
  2. Open Source Project: an open source project that has shown promise and benefit for U.S. government use. Past winners include the Open Source Digital Voting Foundation’s TrustTheVote Project and the Open Source Geospatial Foundation’s OpenLayers 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. Past winners include, for its Drupal platform migration and the Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Open Security Technology (HOST) program.
  4. OSFA Contributor award: an individual who has made significant contributions to the organization. Ean Schuessler of Brainfood is a previous winner for serving as the organization's volunteer webmaster.

Nominations will be accepted on the Open Source for America website through March 22, 2013. For more info on the nomination and judging process see the official rules

So who do you think have been the greatest contributors to open source in the U.S. government over the past year? This is a great way to recognize them for their hard work.

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.

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