Sol Katz, a pioneer in free and open source geospatial software, died in 1999. His family has agreed to allow us to honor him and give credit to other contributors to the community with an annual award in his name.
The first recipient of the Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software is Frank Warmerdam. It is unanimously agreed that his geospatial data translators have been the catalysts for the rapid growth of our community. I've benefitted from Frank's software, and also from his generous advice and mentorship. Congratulations, Frank, and thanks for everything!