Open Source for Amercia Honors Open Source Advocates

by Susan Linton - Oct. 28, 2010Comments (0)

OSfAOpen Source for Amercia was established to promote the awareness and use of Free and Open Source Software and technologies in the U.S. Federal Government. The organization is made up of industry leaders, familiar companies, academic institutions, various associations. Some names you might recognize associated with OSFA are Mark Shuttleworth, Stormy Peters, Jono Bacon, Simon Phipps, Monty Widenius, Andy Updegrove, and Jim Zemlin. Today the winners of their inaugural open source awards program were announced.

Award winners were announced during the Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON) 2010, in Portland, Oregon today. Winners include:

Open Source Deployment in Government: honors a U.S. government agency or body that has shown commitment to the use of open sourcee, through policy and/or adoption. The 2010 winner is and the Executive Office for their deployment of Drupal open source content management system in October 2009.

Open Source Project: recognizes an open source project that has shown promise and benefit for U.S. government use. The 2010 winner is Open Source Digital Voting Foundation (OSDV) for its TrustTheVote Project. Their work has been in efforts to create a trustworthy voting system suitable for government elections.

Individual Awards: recognize one internal OSFA member and one external contributor who have made significant contributions in the promotion and use of open source solutions in the U.S. government during the past year. The 2010 winner of the Individual Awards is rian Behlendorf, advisor to the Department of Health and Human Services on its NHIN CONNECT project and Ean Schuessler, co-founder, Brainfood, Inc., for his work developing and maintaining OSFA's web presence.

Some founding member of OSFA include Acquia, The Apache Software Foundation, Canonical, Debian, The GNOME Foundation, Google,, KDE e.V, The Linux Foundation, Mozilla Foundation, Novell, Oracle, Red Hat, and the Software Freedom Law Center. OSFA's 2010 Open Source Awards were sponsored by Colosa, Ingres, Jaspersoft, Lucid Imagination and Red Hat.

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