On Thursday, October 3, the Free Software Foundation, in association with the GNU Project, announced that they will be accepting nominations for their 16th annual Free Software Awards.
The Foundation grants two awards each year. The Award for the Advancement of Free Software is granted to one person and the Award for Projects of Social Benefit is granted to one worthy group or project.
The Award for the Advancement of Free Software
Last year, Dr. Fernando Perez won the Award for the Advancement of Free Software, for the creation of IPython, an Integrated Development Environment for the Python programming language. Previous winners of this award include: Andrew Tridgell, Alan Cox, Guido van Rossum, and 12 others.
The Award for Projects of Social Benefit
Last year's Award for Projects of Social Benefit was given to OpenMRS, a medical records system used in many countries, including: the United States, China, India, and a slew of developing nations. Some past winners of the award are: Tor, the Internet Archive, Creative Commons, and more.
Past winners are not eligible, but the FSF encourages the renomination of previous nominees.
The awarding committee is composed of previous winners, free software advocates, and FSF president and GNU Project founder, Richard Stallman.
In order to nominate someone or a group the FSF recommends that you:
Please send your nominations to email@example.com, on or before Friday, November 1st, 2013. Please submit nominations in the following format:
* In the email message subject line, either put the name of the person you are nominating for the Award for Advancement of Free Software, or put the name of the project for the Award for Projects of Social Benefit.
* Please include, in the body of your message, an explanation (forty lines or less) of the work done and why you think it is especially important to the advancement of software freedom or how it benefits society, respectively.
* Please state, in the body of your message, where to find the materials (e.g., software, manuals, or writing) which your nomination is based on.
To learn more, please visit the FSF Free Software Nominations page.