The Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software (GFOSS) 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.
A couple of years ago I did an interview with Gary about the beginning of QGIS:
I am so pleased that the Sol Katz award committee has seen fit to present this award to Gary. The fact that Gary created QGIS and open sourced its code has had a profound effect on many people's lives - especially my own. Participating in QGIS for the last decade+ has immeasurably improved my own life and enabled me to eke out a comfortable living doing something I love. Hardly a day goes without me receiving an email in my inbox from someone in a far flung place telling me how they are using QGIS and how it is making their world a better place.
Presenting this award to Gary is a long overdue recognition and 'thank you' to the person who started a project that has become the rally point for an incredible, diverse and friendly bunch of people, and a daily use tool for hundreds of thousands of users how there who may not even know who Gary is. QGIS rocks Gary, and so do you!
Here is Gary's acceptance speech:
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