Just a quick one today: One of the problems that open source software has in gaining traction is that it's not plastered through magazines, billboards and television commercials. Be snide about it if you want, but most open source projects are about getting the software right in-spite of the lack of commercial resources. The result is that a lot of very worthy projects escape people's notice. Awards can help that. Award events generate news. People want to learn more about an "award winning project." Yet, in true open source tradition, many of these awards are not chosen by a panel of the elite. They are chosen by the people.
Take a moment and add your voice to the upcoming Open Source For America (OSFA) awards. The nomination form is available to anyone. There are three categories that you can nominate: Individual Contribution, Open Source Project and Open Source Government Deployment.
The open source movement is a meritocracy. Help your favorites gain the recognition that they deserve.
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